Strength Competition Cover Photo

The UW-Stout Strength Competition is the premier strength event held at the Health & Fitness Center every Spring (Wed, April 12, 2017). The competition is meant to motivate strength training in the UW-Stout campus.

Men's & Women's events

  • Overall Winner (Bench Press, Squat, & Deadlift)
  • Bench Your Body Weight (done on command)
  • Pullups


  • Registration is free for fitness center members; all other faculty, staff, and students that are non-members will need to purchase a day pass on competition day
  • The last date for registration is Tuesday, April 11
  • Registration takes place at the Health & Fitness Center front desk

General information

  • All competitors are required to sign a waiver before they can compete.
  • The overall competition is scored based on both the weight lifted and their body weight so everyone has a fair chance.
  • The Wilks formula will be used to score based on their body weight and weight lifted. Wilks formula is used for all official IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) meets.
  • Bench Your Body Weight and Pullups are scored based on unbroken repetitions completed.
  • Prizes will be distributed for the Overall, Bench Your Body Weight, and Pullup. Other prizes will be given out through the course of the competition to participants and spectators!
  • NO powder chalk or full body suits will be allowed for the competition, however, wrist straps, liquid chalk, and back belts may be used.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own wrist straps and back belts, however, those available at the fitness center may be used, there is no guarantee of quality or quantity of this equipment. Participants may bring their own knee wraps.

Event format

Weigh In/Warm Up (4:30PM): All athletes must check in at 4:30pm.  Warm up will also begin at 4:30pm in the Health & Fitness Center. The order of registration will establish the competition lifting order.

Events Begin (5:00PM): Lifting rules will be explained and demonstrated before each event, however, we do expect all competitors to read and understand the lifting rules before the event. If you have any questions, you can clarify it during this time.

Movement Specifications (Helpful videos below)

All competitors will get three attempts for each lift in the overall competition. We will use the BEST of three lifts to judge the winner. Bench Your Body Weight and Pullups will receive one attempt to do as many reps as possible, while meeting the movement standards. 

Order of Events

  • Overall Competitor Squat
  • Pullups 
  • Overall Competitor Bench
  • Bench Your Body Weight
  • Overall Competitor Deadlift

Movement Specifications

The Pullup Rules Video

The Deadlift Rules Video

The Squat Rules Video

The Bench Press Rules Video

Additional Information

For any other questions, comments, or concerns contact the Health & Fitness Center. 715-232-5390 or

Contact Us

University Recreation
41 Sports & Fitness Center
Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751
HFC: 715-232-1378
North Point: 715-232-5378