USSF Fall Classic Chicago

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USSF Fall Classic Chicago

October 27, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT

2018 Chicago Strengthlifting Challenge

Returning for its 4th year is the 2018 Chicago Fall Classic. This is a USSF sanctioned event where the contested lifts are squat, press, and deadlift. Besides using the standing press in place of the bench press, this meet differs in many ways from traditional powerlifting meets.

USSF Rules Summary


There is no bench press. Instead, you will perform a standing overhead press.


There are NO commands from the judges. You perform the lift and demonstrate control of the bar in and out of the rack. The judges simply judge.


The meet requires you to do the conventional deadlift. There are no sumo deadlifts allowed.


There are no weigh-ins. Instead, all competitors will weight out immediately after their final deadlift attempt.


Belts are allowed, knee sleeves are allowed, and wrist wraps are allowed. We do not allow knee wraps, squat suits, deadlift suits, or magic underpants.

The full set of rules can be found here:

US Strengthlifting Federation Rules

USSF Sanction

As a sanctioned USSF event, this event will serve as a qualifying contest for the 2019 USSF Nationals event to be held in January 2019 at a location to be determined.

You must have a valid USSF membership to compete in this event. The cost for USSF membership is $25 and your membership is valid for one year.

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What’s the refund policy?

When you purchase a ticket, you guarantee yourself a slot at the meet with limited attendance. As a result, all ticket sales are final and refunds cannot be issued.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

It is, although you need to contact David Abdemoulaie to make sure that he has the new information and can process the transfer. This is especially important for t-shirts, which are ordered several weeks in advance. Transfers that take place less than four weeks before the meet are not guaranteed to get a t-shirt.

Are sumo deadlifts allowed at the meet?

Unfortunately not. You can take as wide of a stance as you like, but your feet must be inside of your hands.

Why are you performing a weigh out?

We want our weight classes to be accurate representations of the lifter’s bodyweight on the day of the meet. Weigh-ins at some point prior to the meet allow for temporarily cutting weight, which is a practice we hope to discourage.


October 27, 2018
7:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT
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David Abdemoulaie
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Kratos Strength Systems
1310 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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