1. The lifter shall face the front of the platform. The bar shall be held
horizontally across the thighs with the palms of the hands facing outward
and fingers gripping the bar. The feet shall be flat on the platform with the
knees locked and arms fully extended. The lifter shall have their head, shoulders,
and buttocks against the wall during the lift.
2. After removing the bar from the rack, the lifter must move back to
the wall to establish his/her starting position. The lifter shall wait in starting
position for the Head Referee’s signal. The signal will be given once the lifter is
motionless and the bar is properly positioned with your head up, chin up,
arms extended fully down and heels of feet no further than 12” from the
wall. The Head Referee’s signal shall consist of an upward movement of the
arm and the verbal command “curl”.
3. No” flights”, lifters will compete from their 1st attempt, lightest to heaviest.
Three attempts will be allowed unless going for a record attempt. If you fail to
lift, you may continue to “retry” that weight until successful or run out of
attempts. NO LOWERING OF WEIGHT. An easy opener is suggested. Wraps
allowed, NO GLOVES.
4. Once the curl command is given, the lifter must bring the bar up to the fully
curled position (bar near the chin or throat with palms facing backwards).
The head, shoulders, and buttocks must remain against the wall throughout
the entire lift.
5. The legs and hips may not be used in any way for momentum to complete
the lift. The lifter may not lean back to assist in bringing the weight up. Any
thrusting of the legs or hips is not allowed.
6. When the lifter has reached the finished position, the Head Referee’s signal
shall consist of a downward movement of the hand and the verbal
command “down”. The signal will not be given until the bar is held
motionless and the lifter is in the apparent finished position.
7. At the completion of the lift, the head, shoulders, and buttocks must remain
against the wall. The lifter will need to wait for the signal to replace the bar. This
will consist of a backward motion of the hand and the verbal command
8. Any raising of the bar or deliberate attempt to do so will count as an
9. The lifter may, at the discretion of the Head Referee, be given an additional
attempt at the same weight if failure was due to an error by one or more of
10A. All competitors must wear a singlet in order to participate in ISCA events.
10B. Wrist-wraps are permitted, in ISCA events, at lifters discretion.
10C. Gloves of any kind are NOT allowed in ISCA events.
Cause for Disqualification
1. Any downward movement of the bar before it reaches the final position.
2. Leaning back to assist the lifter in raising the weight.
3. Head, shoulders, buttocks coming off the wall during the lift both while
going up or down.
4. Failure to stand erect with head and shoulders square and the buttocks flat
against the wall at the completion of the lift.
5. Stepping backward or any foot movement, such as rocking the feet.
6. Lowering or racking the bar before receiving the Head Referee’s signal to
7. Bouncing the bar off the thighs or bending the back to assist the lifter in
starting the upward motion.