Only costumes officially registered and approved by the Technical Committee shall be permitted for use in Powerlifting and Bench press Competitions. All approved gear (Stand: 01.07.2010) is frozen from 01.07.2010-31.12.2014.


Non Supportive

W/L / Wrestling / Leotard / singlet. Subject to the specifications itemized (c), (d) and (e). The suit does not require Technical Committee approval.

A lifting costume must be worn and shall be of a one – piece full length lifting suit of one – ply stretch material without any patches, padding or division into panels by means of seams not necessary in the manufacture of the costume. Any seams, false or otherwise, that in the opinion of the Technical Committee, Jury, or in their absence the referees are incorporated into the costume purely as a form of reinforcement or bracing, shall invalidate the costume from being used in the competition.

The costume must be form fitting without any looseness when worn by the lifter. The straps must be worn over the shoulders at all times while lifting in competition. The lifting suit shall be subject to the following requirements:

  1. It may be of any colour or colours
  2. The lifting suit may bear the badge, emblem, logo and / or inscription of the lifter’s national association, or sponsor. That which is offensive or liable to bring the sport into disrepute is not allowed. (Refer to Inspection of Personal Equipment item 10 for Sponsor’s Logos. The lifter’s name may be placed on the costume, or any item of personal apparel.
  3. Seams and hems must not exceed 3 cm in width and 0.5 cm in thickness. Only non-supportive leotard / singlet suits may have seams and hems exceeding 3 cm in width. The non-supportive leotard / singlet may also have a double thickness of the same material size 12 cm x 24 cm in the area of the crotch.
  4. Seams may be protected or strengthened by narrow gauge webbing or stretch material not exceeding 2 cm in width and 0.5 cm in thickness.
  5. It must have legs. The length of leg must be a minimum of 3 cm and maximum of 15 cm. Measurement is to be taken on a line from the top of the crotch down the inside of the leg. The leg
    of the suit needs not to be cut to form exactly a parallel around the leg. It may be cut higher on the outside of the leg. Non supportive costumes may have leg length to a maximum of 25 cm.
  6. Any alterations to the costume which exceed the established widths, lengths or thicknesses previously stated shall make the suit illegal for competition.
  7. Although alterations/pleats to form a tightening of the suits and supportive shirts do not make them illegal, these must be made on the original seams. Non-Factory alterations to tighten suits and shirts are not illegal when done in the form of pleats. However, the pleats must be made only on the manufacturer’s original seams. These pleats must be made on the inside of the suit or shirt. Any alterations made on areas other than the manufacturer’s seams are illegal. Pleats may not be sewn back onto the body of the garment.
  8. Where a tightening has been made in the shoulder straps and the excess material is longer than 3 cm’s, this must then be turned inside the suit and not sewn back onto the strap. No more than 3 cm length may protrude outside the suit.