Trap Bar Deadlift

The trap bar deadlift consists of a 3-rep max deadlift using a trap bar, which is a hexagon-shaped bar that surrounds the lifter.

The trap bar deadlift is a variation of the traditional deadlift, in which a barbell is lifted off the ground to the level of the hips then placed back on the ground.

In the trap bar deadlift, competitors will have a single 5-minute period to set their 3-rep max, which is the heaviest weight they are able to lift 3 times consecutively.


  • 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.
  • Athlete may not regrip the bar after a repetition.
  • Straps are not allowed.
  • Gloves and weight belt are permitted.
  • Athlete must stand straight at the end of each repetition.
  • At the beginning or end of the competition video submission, athlete must show/state weight including collars. The weight of each plate must be clearly shown.
  • Must complete a minimum of one (1) set of three (3) repetitions. Each video may have a maximum of three (3) sets if the athlete prefers to build to a weight.
  • We recommend performing a warm-up before any attempts.


Placement in each category is based on the heaviest weight lifted 3 consecutive times in each competitive category. Point breakdown is as follows:

  • 1st – 25 points
  • 2nd – 24 points
  • 3rd – 23 points
  • 4th – 22 points
  • 5th – 21 points
  • Etc….

It is possible to tie in the deadlift portion of the competition.

How Much the Deadlift Counts in the Total Score

The Donor Games Championship is a points-based event; the competitor with the most points in their category wins. The total score for each competitor will be a combination of their deadlift score (up to 25 points), their Murph score (up to 50 points), and their Grace score (up to 25 points) for a total between 0 and 100. In the event of a total score tie, the competitor with the most points in the Murph event will win.

See the Murph Workout

See the Grace Workout

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