by Al Myers
This is a lift that has been contested before in the USAWA Grip Championships. It is a very popular grip lift, and I know the favorite of several. For those of you that may have performed Vertical Bar Lifts in other organizations, pay attention to the USAWA rules for it. They are quite different and may affect the amount of weight you can lift. The USAWA rules for the Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1 Bar, 2″, One Hand is as follows:
I23. Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1 Bar, 1”, One Hand
The setup for this lift requires a Vertical Bar, which is a bar of one inch diameter with a maximum length of 18 inches. A collar or plate must be tightly fastened or welded to the bottom so plates may be added to the bar. No knurling is allowed on the bar. The lifter may straddle the weight or have it placed to the lifter’s side. Width of feet placement is optional, but the feet must be in line with the torso. Feet must not move during the lift, but the heels and toes may rise. The bar may be gripped by any grip with only one hand near the top of the vertical bar. The forearm is not allowed to touch the bar. The lifting hand must not touch the body during the lift, but the weight may accidentally touch the legs provided it does not aid in the lift. The non-lifting hand may be braced on the leg or body during the lift, but must be free from the body at the completion of the lift. The lift begins at the lifter’s discretion. The body must then straighten, lifting the Vertical Bar from the platform. The legs must be straight and knees locked at the completion of the lift, but the shoulders and body do not need to be erect. The lifting hand must be above the level of mid-thighs at the completion of the lift. Any rotation of the bar must be completely stopped. Once the weight is motionless, an official will give a command to end the lift.
I24. Vertical Bar Deadlift -1 Bar, 2”, One Hand
The rules of the Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1Bar, 1”, One Hand apply except a two inch diameter Vertical Bar is used.
I have covered this lift in several past USAWA Daily News blogs. I will help you out here with the search on these, as I think “refreshing” yourself on this lift may prove to be beneficial to your performance. In several of these Vertical Bar blogs, tips were given out.
1. This blog was written on February 10th, 2010 by me and it outlines some of the historical significance of the VB, plus has a cool picture of Ben Edwards lifting the “then record” of 235 pounds.
2. This blog was written on September 2nd, 2011 by Ben Edwards. Ben gives out some training tips en route to his new record of 251 pounds.
3. This blog was written by me on November 5th, 2011 . Most of it is about the 2 BAR VB DL, but some of it applies to the 1 BAR VB DL. However, most of it is myself complaining about the differences between the USAWA and IAWA rules on this lift!!!
Past History of the ALL-TIME USAWA RECORD in the Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1 bar, 2″, One Hand:
|168||Jim Welsh||11/2/2003||2003 Gold Cup|
|185||Bob Hirsh||11/23/2003||Jump Stretch RD|
|200||Frank Ciavattone||6/5/2004||2004 Nationals|
|224||Scott Schmidt||6/25/2005||2005 Nationals|
|231||Frank Ciavattone||10/10/2005||Franks Record Day|
|235||Ben Edwards||11/22/2009||Clarks Record Day|
|250||Andrew Durniat||2/13/2010||2010 Grip Champs|
|251||Ben Edwards||8/28/2011||Dino Days RD|
|253||Adam Glass||3/3/2012||Minnesota Meet|
|255||Troy Goetsch||5/20/2012||Jobes Steel Jungle RD|
NOTES: All records recorded in pounds.
As far as I can find, Jim Welsh was the first lifter to do this lift in official competition. The VB DL – 2 Bars was done in several competitions over a few years before the one hand version was contested. Frank Ciavattone was the first lifter to break the 200# barrier, and held the record for the longest period (2005-2009). The past two years have seen the most activity with big lifts and new ALL TIME records being established. Andrew Durniat was the first lifter to exceed 250 pounds. Troy Goetsch currently holds the best mark. I have witnessed and/or judged the record lifts by Ben Edwards, Adam Glass, and Andrew Durniat. My training partners Scott Tully and Darren Barnhart judged Troy’s lift, and they have assured me that it was officiated according to the same standards as the others. These four grip masters are still at the top of their game – and I would just LOVE to see them together in the same USAWA competition to decide once and for all, who is the BEST in the USAWA at the One Hand 2″ VB DL!!!