Tryout Information

Tryouts for the Spring 2022 semester are currently closed. If you are interested in trying out, please send an email to badgerpowerlifting@gmail.com. You can also look at the "Coaches" page for beginner lifter information. The next tryout will be in Fall 2022

For tryouts, there will be three judges that will check each attempt for certain things on each lift. You will have three attempts at each discipline for a total of nine attempts per tryout. Once you have attempted a weight, you can attempt the same weight or heavier, but you will not be able to lower the weight at all. If do not have at least one successful attempt from each discipline, you will not be able to receive a total, and will not make the team. The qualifying total is the minimum weight you need to be considered for the team. We can only allow 40 people to join, so hitting the total will not guarantee you a spot on the team.

Warm ups should be done prior to the time of your tryout.

The weight class is the maximum body weight that someone can be to hit the corresponding total. (Ex: a 130lb male would have to total at least 855lbs, while a 140lb male would have to total at least 930lbs)

  1. On squat, we will look for proper depth (hip crease below parallel with the top of the knee), and keeping your feet in the same position throughout the squat.

    • Commands

      • "Squat" command will be given after you have unracked the weight, gotten your feet set, and have your knees locked out. This is when you should start your rep.

      • "Rack" command will be given after you have completed the rep and have stabilized yourself. This is when you are able to rack the weight.

  2. On bench, we will be looking for a proper pause on your chest, as well as keeping your butt and head on the bench, and feet flat on the floor.

    • Commands

      • "Start" command will be given after you have unracked the weight, gotten your feet flat on the floor, butt and head are on the bench, and elbows are locked out. This is when you should start your rep.

      • "Press" command will be given after you have lowered the bar to your chest and there is no more movement. This is when you should press the bar off your chest.

      • "Rack" command will be given after you have completed the rep and have stabilized yourself. This is when you are able to rack the weight.

  3. On deadlift we will be making sure you do not hitch the bar on the way up.

    • Commands

      • "Down" command is given once you have the weight completely locked out at the top. This is when you are able to lower the weight to the ground. Be sure to keep your hands on the bar until it has stopped moving.