Trap Bar Deadlift

Competitors will use a hex bar to complete a 3-rep max deadlift of the heaviest weight they are able to lift off the ground to the level of the hips consecutively within the five (5) minute time limit. The higher grip of the hex bar will be used.

Workout Rules

To be considered for the podium and cash prizes, all competitors in the Donor Games Championship must adhere to the following rules for the 3-rep max trap bar deadlift:

  • 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 the next lift.
  • Athlete may not regrip the bar once they begin the workout.
  • Straps are not allowed.
  • Any type of gloves and weight belt are permitted.
  • Athlete must stand up straight at the end of each repetition.
  • Competitors have a five minute time limit for completion of the 3-rep max deadlift and must complete a minimum of one (1) set of three (3) repetitions.
  • Only completed sets of three reps receive credit. If you start a set but do not complete it, you do not get credit for that weight / set.


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 3-rep max 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 in any competitor category, the tie-breaker will be 10 calories on an Assault Bike for time

Trap Bar Deadlift Exercise

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  • National Kidney Foundation
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