We started our BaD As Open Weightlifting competition in 2010 to encourage more ladies to lift weights. Over the past 7 years we have seen numbers grow and the competition sell out in record time.

This year we are going to change the format for the competition, we have achieved our aim and the numbers of women lifting on a regular basis at our 41° Weightlifting Club Olympic Weightlifting competitions proves this.

So in 2017, for the first time the men will get to lift heavy as well. The competition format will remain the same but we will be opening it up to the guys. Initially we will only be offering this as an “In House” comp, but if not all the spots are taken, we will open up entries to those who have supported BaD As on a regular basis over the last 7 years.

We hope you understand our reasons for the changes and look forward to your continued support. Now everyone gets to be BaD As 🙂

We will recognize the top 3 lifters of each gender per kilo of body weight. Please be prepared and come with your lift start weights for Back Squat, Bench Press and Ground to Overhead. Rules for each lift are explained below. Like the last few years there will also be a Strongman/CrossFit style workout added to the competition. This will be performed as a floater, you will be asked to participate in this event in the order of which you registered. First to register will be first to reserve their time spot.


Weigh in 9am Saturday June 3rd. You must be weighed in prior to 10am. Lifting will begin at 10am after a briefing. . Spectators are free. Please email matt@madcrossfit.com with questions. Entry is by donation on the day to HUHA (Helping You Help Animals) and the Te Omanga Hospice.


Only three attempts are permitted for each lift.

Back Squat

The starting position must be completely upright, with the knees and the hips fully extended and with the chest up. The hips are lowered until the top surfaces of both of the legs at the hip joint are lower than the knees, and then the bar is lifted back up. The bottom position is identified by A) the apex of the crease in the shorts formed as the hips are lowered, B) the surface of the top of the patella, C) the plane formed by a straight line between the two, and D) the dipping of the hip end of that plane below horizontal. The finish position is the same as the starting position, and the athlete must return to it before the bar is racked. When the finish position is secure, the bar must be walked back into the rack and successfully replaced.

Any halt in the upward motion of the whole bar, identified at its position on the back rather than at its ends, constitutes a missed attempt, as does any change in position of the feet against the floor during the squat. Any deliberate attempt to lower the bar counts as an attempt.  The squat will be done in the cage and no spotters will be necessary.

Bench Press

A spotter will assist the lifter in getting the bar out of the rack. The spotter will guide the bar over mid chest. There may be communication with your spotter to signal you are ready. The lifter must touch the bar to the chest, then move the bar back up to full lock out position (elbows in full extension). The spotter will then assist to get the bar back in rack position. If the bar touches the rack before the spotter grabs it, there is no lift.

The butt must be in contact with the bench and the feet must be on the ground at all times.

Ground to Overhead (aka Clean and Jerk)

Two hand overhead, anyhow. The most efficient way to accomplish this will be with a clean and jerk. You must lift the barbell from the ground to overhead and finish in a stable, unmoving, locked out position. The athlete’s elbows, shoulders, hips and knees must be locked out and unmoving, and the athlete must wait until the judge gives the audible and visual cue to lower the weight. The bar must be dropped in a controlled manner, with the athlete’s hands on the bar past the hips, for the lift to count. Dropping the bar from overhead will constitute a missed lift.

We are not using OWNZ rules, and press outs, while inefficient; will not be cause for a “no lift”. That’s why we are not calling it the Clean and Jerk.

If your first attempt of the jerk fails, you will be allowed one more chance from your shoulder, rack position. If the bar is moved to your back, it will be called a “No Lift.”