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Round 2 of Lockdown Lift Off is open

The second round of Lockdown Lift is now open for submissions, with entries closing at 5pm on Thursday 09 July. You can enter round 2 even if you didn’t take part in round 1.

Lockdown Lift Off provides a fantastic opportunity for members of British Weight Lifting to compete virtually and keep active whilst gyms remain closed.

Lockdown Lift Off is completely free to BWL members. A paid version is also available to non-members.

Round 2 of Lockdown Lift Off is open

Introduction to Lockdown Lift Off

This new competition will have rounds taking place every two weeks.  Each round will feature a different exercise.  Each exercise is independent so there’s no commitment to enter more than one round, you can simply choose which exercises suit you best!

Round 2

Round 2 opens today, 25 June at 09:00 with the Clean & Jerk as the exercise, entries for round 2 will close on 09 July at 5pm.

Round 3 will begin on Friday 10 July at 09:00 with the Bench Press as the exercise, entries for round 3 will close on 24 July at 5pm.  More details on the release dates of future exercise will be posted on the BWL website and social channels.

What is it?

Lockdown Lift Off is a video-based competition with lifters uploading a video of themselves completing a designated exercise to the Lockdown Lift Off webpage.

The videos will then be judged by a BWL Licensed Technical Official and given a rating out of 5 stars based on the technique displayed.  The Technical Official may also leave a comment to help with any areas of improvement.

Every video will be put into an online gallery of submissions for everyone to watch.  You can share your submission on social media using the hashtag #LockdownLiftOff and tagging @BritishWL in your post.

At the end of each Round all entries will be ranked by the highest weight lifted that the Technical Officials consider to be a ‘Good Lift’ and the Top 3 results in each category will be sent an e-certificate.

What kit do I need to take part?

  • A video camera with a time stamp
  • If using a smartphone we recommend the Timestamp Camera Basic app, or something similar
  • A barbell
  • Weights
  • Somewhere safe to lift
  • An internet connection

How do I take part?

An account has been created on the Lockdown Lift Off website for all BWL members.  To enter simply go to the site, login and select the ‘Lockdown Lift Off’.

*BWL members received an email from Video Portal with a link to set up a password on Tuesday 09 June.  Please check your junk and spam folders for this email or contact for support logging in.

After you’ve logged in to your account simply follow the instructions to complete your submission.


Age Groups

Following feedback from Round 1, lifters aged 12 and under will be able to enter Round 2 in the Development category.

To keep things simple this competition lifters aged 13 and over will compete in a single ‘Open’ age group.


To help group lifters together without worrying too much about cutting weight we will recognise six bodyweight categories each for Women and Men:

Men: 61kg - 73kg - 89kg - 102kg - 109kg - 109kg+

Women: 49kg – 59kg – 71kg – 81kg – 87kg – 87kg+


This competition will recognise results in Male and Female gender categories as indicated by the lifter during entry.

We may add more categories to future Rounds of Lockdown Lift Off

Weigh in

Lifters must weigh in wearing the same clothing and equipment (belt/straps/shoes) that they will wear to lift. You do not have to wear a singlet.

Lifters must be fully visible when stepping onto the scale and must show the weight displayed on the scale.

When the lifter begins the weigh in process start a timer or display clock in the weigh in area. The clock or timer must be visible in either the video or photo submission.

Your lifts must be completed within 3 hours of your weigh in. E.g. weigh in filmed at 10am, lifts filmed between 10am and 1pm. You may lift immediately after weighing in.

The Lift

Lifters must submit one video with a visible clock or timer that has been continuous since weigh in. Your video may contain up to three attempts of the clean & jerk lift, your highest successful attempt will count towards your result.

Videos must show the lifters full body at all times from the start to the end of the lift, including full overhead lockout.

Camera must be placed directly in front of the lifter and raised to approximately chest height. Videos filmed from the ground or from the side will not be accepted.

If you have a lock out issue before starting the lift show the judges your full extension, pause, then lift.

Weights will only be accepted in kilograms.

If using coloured plates, you should show the plates on each side of the bar after they have been loaded. If using black plates, you should show the weight markers for every plate on one side of the bar before your attempt.


Pulling straps are not allowed.

Submissions that do not include a weigh in will be rejected.

In the case of a tie the athlete that posted their video submission first will be awarded.

Videos that do not display the weights before or after the lifts will be rejected.

The results of Lockdown Lift Off are not eligible for rankings or records.

Lifts that would be considered a ‘No Lift’ in a formal competition will still be given a star rating and feedback but won’t be included in the final rankings.

I have a family member or friend who isn’t a member, can they take part?

Yes!  Lockdown Lift Off is completely free to BWL members, but we know many of our members won’t be able to train or compete with their usual clubmates.  Therefore, we have also provided a pay-to-play version of Lockdown Lift Off for non-members.

It costs £10 to enter each round by simply filling in a one-time entry form and uploading your videos, you don’t need to create an account.  You can only enter each Round once, so be sure to get your best lifts in the video!

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