3-Rep Max Deadlift 2022 Open

Competitors will have a single 5-minute period to set their 3-rep max, which is the heaviest weight they are able to lift off the ground to the level of the hips 3 times consecutively within the time limit.


Registration for the 3-Rep Max Deadlift 2022 Open is now open! Registration is $5 per competitor in the Living Donor and Transplant Recipient categories and $30 per competitor in the General category. Registration will close on February 8, 2022. A sample video submission window will be held from February 9 through February 15 and the competition will take place February 16 through February 23, 2022.

This is a virtual competition. During a sample video window, registered competitors should upload a video of themselves performing one round of the 3-rep max deadlift to ensure correct form. A full workout video must be submitted during the competition dates listed above. Click here to learn more about the video requirement.

*All registration dates subject to change.

Workout Rules

To be considered for the podium and cash prizes, all competitors in the 3-Rep Max Deadlift 2022 Open must adhere to the following rules for the workout:

  • All three (3) reps must be completed within 10 seconds.
  • Weight must touch the ground after each repetition.
  • Athlete cannot rest on the bottom or top of the repetition.
  • Athlete may not bounce the weight and use that momentum generated to assist on their next lift.
  • Athlete must stand up straight at the end of each repetition.
  • A straight bar may be used as an alternative to a trap bar.
  • Athlete may not regrip the bar once they begin the challenge.
  • Straps are not allowed.
  • Gloves and weight belt are encouraged.

Competition Rules

Registered athletes agree to and will comply with the following rules related to the Donor Games Open competition format.   

    • All athletes must be 18 years or older as of the close of registration for the competition.
    • All athletes must agree to the Donor Games Consent Agreement and adhere to the Workout Rules and Competition Rules herein.
    • Athletes are strongly advised to submit a sample workout video at any time during the sample workout window.
      • Athletes who do not submit a sample workout video run a higher risk of having their full workout video rejected by the judges for issues with form.
    • Athletes must submit their full workout video at any time during the competition window.
    • Athletes may submit more than one workout video to improve their standings on the leaderboard. Competitors may submit no more than ONE (1) video within any 24-hour period.
    • Athletes must be willing to accept prize winnings via ACH payment from the National Kidney Registry. Failure to provide ACH payment information within three (3) weeks of official prize-winning notification from the Donor Games will result in forfeiture of cash prize. All prize winnings will be dispersed within 3 weeks of provision of athlete’s ACH information to the NKR.
    • Judges will pay close attention to exercise form to ensure every movement conforms to the Workout Rules and video instructions for the Open workout. Failure to perform a movement or exercise according to the guidelines could result in disqualification.
    • Judges may reject an athlete’s workout video due to: (a) improper form; (b) failure to complete the workout; (c) copyright infringements; or (d) any other issues that arise in review of the workout.
      • If a workout video is rejected, the competitor is allowed to submit a new competition workout video at any time during the competition window.
      • If no new video is submitted before the extended deadline, the competitor is disqualified.
    • All workout videos submitted for the Open will be uploaded to YouTube and included on the competition leaderboard.
      • Sample videos submitted by 4 pm will be available to the public by 12 pm on the following day (subject to judges’ approval).
      • Workout videos submitted by 4 pm will be available to the public by 8 am on the following day (subject to judges’ approval).
      • Judges’ decisions are final as they relate to official time, weight, reps for each athlete’s workout.

Cash Prizes

Category1st Place2nd Place3rd Place4th Place5th PlaceRegistered
Donor: Men$2,000$1,600$1,200$800$4009
Donor: Women$2,000$1,600$1,200$800$40010
Recipient: Men$1,000$800$600$400$2001
Recipient: Women$1,000$800$600$400$2002
General: Men$1,000$800$600$400$20010
General: Women$1,000$800$600$400$2006

Individuals who are transplant center professionals are eligible to compete for an additional $10,000 in cash prizes through our $10k Challenge.

Founding Sponsors

  • National Kidney Foundation
  • National Kidney Registry
  • National Kidney Donation Organization