September Digest: New Rules, New Faces

September Digest: New Rules, New Faces


In the digest, briefly about the updated rules of IPF and Wodapalooza, new champions and plans for veterans. Further in detail.

Bench Press Without Legs

Following the wrangling at the 2022 World Bench Press Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the IPF decided to tighten up the rules for the exercise. The main goal behind these innovations is to limit tricks done during exercise with hopes for minimal effort.

The new rules require:

  • During the set-up on the bench, the athlete is not allowed to place his/her feet on the bench.
  • After receiving the signal, the lifter must lower the bar to the chest or abdominal area whereby the underside of both elbow joints is lowered level with or below the top surface of each respective shoulder joint.
Bench Press Without Legs

When the athlete puts his feet on the bench and significantly bends his back, raises the pelvis, the movements become shorter, require less effort. This helps you lift more weight. A wide grip also reduces the range of motion, but its innovations have not yet been touched. The main requirement is to lower your elbows to the required level.       

The new IPF rules come into effect on January 1, 2023.

The following link will take you to more detailed information about new rules.

New Arnold Strongman Classic UK Champion

In September, Great Britain welcomed the new champion Arnold Strongman Classic UK. For the first time in his professional career, Canadian Mitchell Hooper climbed the podium. In the overall standings, he scored 79.5 points and was significantly ahead of the Ukrainian Oleksiy Novikov, who took second place with 71 points. The third step went to the Estonian Rauno Heinla (61.5 points).






Rauno Heinla

8 reps

Mitchell Hooper

6 reps

Oleksii Novikov

5 reps

Bag Over Bar

Gavin Bilton

5 in 17.21 seconds

Mitchell Hooper

5 in 18.15 seconds

Oleksii Novikov

5 in 18.35 seconds

Arnold Stone Carry

Mitchell Hooper

34.02 seconds (entire distance)

Žydrūnas Savickas

14.14 meters

Zake Muluzi

10.77 meters

Super Yoke

Mitchell Hooper

5.70 seconds

Oleksii Novikov

8.42 seconds

Paul Smith

11.09 seconds

Dumbbell Press

Oleksii Novikov

8 reps

Mitchell Hooper

7 reps

Paul Smith

7 reps

Atlas Stones

Louis Jack

23.91 seconds

Mitchell Hooper

25.74 seconds

Konstantine Janashia

29.71 seconds

Mitchell Hooper admitted that he needs time to realize himself as a champion of the professional division. True, he does not have much time, as he plans to compete in the Rogue Invitational 2022 on October 28-30 in Texas (USA).

Wodapalooza Changes the Prize Pool

The next competition is set to receive a new general sponsor. The brand of sportswear and shoes for athletes, TYR has been announced as the event’s official supplier! The next event is called TYR Wodapalooza 2023.

Photo by @wodapalooza

The changes also affected the prize fund. Next year it will be $500,000, up $20,000 from the previous year. True, it will be distributed differently. Athletes can no longer expect to receive an additional $1,000 for winning an individual event in a specific discipline. But they will have the opportunity to win prizes in other categories and increase the total amount of the cash prize.

Traditionally, competitions take place from Friday to Sunday, but for the 2023 event, the organizers have changed the schedule for elite division athletes. So, individual competitions will be held on January 13-14 (Thursday-Friday), team competitions on January 14-15 (weekend). This will allow athletes to recover from the individual classification, participate in the team division and win more prizes.

The prize fund is now distributed as follows:


Elite Individuals

Elite Teams of 3

Masters Division

Adaptive RX




























As a reminder, TYR Wodapalooza 2023 will be held from January 12 to 15, 2023 in Bayfront, Miami (USA).

The Unbreakable Tia-Clair Toomey will be STRONGER than ever in 2023 Games

In August, the Australian athlete won the Games championship for the sixth time and intends to confirm it again in 2023. he’s confident she’ll come to the competition stronger than ever before! She put on an extra 20 pounds to compete in the bobsled for the national Australian team.

Tia-Clair Toome
Photo by @tiaclair1

But we will still see her performances before the end of this year. Tia has officially confirmed her participation in the Rogue Invitational 2022, which will be held late October in Australia. True, she will refuse to participate in the individual elite standings and will compete in the Legends section. 

True, we won’t see Tia at the individual elite standings and will compete in the Legends section. Not surprisingly, only two months have passed since the triumph at the main games of the year.

Ihor Shymechko

Author: Ihor Shymechko

Coach, PRO Olympic Weightlifter

Ihor Shymechko is a renowned Ukrainian weightlifter. He has represented his country in several Olympic Games, notably in 2008, 2012, and 2016. His impressive career includes winning the European championship in 2009 and earning a silver medal in 2011 in the +105 kg division. Shymechko also earned a Ph.D. from Lviv State University of Physical Culture.

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