Different Divisions – Weights to be lifted are from 1kg to 200kg. Please nominate your preferred Category below.

Squad Sessions will be made available in preparation for this Competition at ISF 67 Malabar Road Veresdale.

Our goal is to create a memorable experience for all walks of life to try their hand at the Sport we love so much!

That is also why we are requesting all Competitors start organising their Kilts!

If you have a Family Tartan that you would like to include in this competition – GREAT!

If you don’t, it’s as simple as heading down to spotlight + finding 1M of fabric that you could simply pin around your waist for the day. This can be as inexpensive + simple as you like!

It is also acceptable to wear tartan / Kilts without it being a part of your heritage. It is not cultural misappropriation by wearing one especially given the history of Highland Game participation, so please don’t worry about that + get your Kilt ready!

*Weights may be subject to change. In all cases this will be avoided unless absolutely necessary*

Registration Fees are non-refundable.

Waitlist Remains Open by emailing reception@theempirebodyshop.com 📧


Event rules (not including Juniors)

No Tacky or or Grip Adhesive is permitted for any Event – Chalk, Belts, Sleeves + Belts are Permitted

Kilts are required to be worn with a Shirt for all Events.

Harrow drag:

  • Chain to be up around cheat area
  • You must face forward
  • Penalty if you hit cone as you go around it
  • Time event over set distance

Tire over height:

  • You must face forward and use one hand only throwing from your side
  • If tire touches rope but goes over that’s ok if it doesn’t and falls back on your side you can throw again
  • No spinning around – no throwing backwards -no throwing front wards from between your legs
  • Timed event v tires cleared

Husafell carry:

  • Pick up from ground
  • Must carry in front of you against chest/stomach area
  • Drops ok
  • Set distance or max to be confirmed

Log toss:

  • log must be tossed forward caber style
  • log must be picked up caber style
  • try to get a flip it helps with distance
  • 3 throws and total distance altogether
  • Not timed event

Loading event:

  • implements loaded to drum
  • total timed event – no split timing
  • must load if it falls off before judges call you can reload
  • when finished hands in air to stop timer

Competition Non-Negotiables:

  • Competitors must treat all equipment with respect and care
  • The Judge’s decision is final
  • Any inappropriate behavior (including excess foul language) vou will be asked to leave
  • ISF + Empire reserve the right to change events at any time +/or your nominated class if we feel you need to go up or down to suit your capabilities.



It is Empire’s Vibe wrapped up in a Deadlift Only Competition with all the trimmings of a Pro-Level Event, designed for our up + coming Athletes in both Powerlifting + Strongman!

Our vision is for Amateur Athletes at every level, to experience the BUZZ that comes with competing in the big-time + to get a taste for how exciting the Community that surrounds them, actually is.

Essentially – we want you to feel like you are there to put on a show + know what it feels like to be celebrated!

It’s a Deadlift Competition where anything goes – EXCEPT lock out is required + you can’t dump or drop the bar!

Cash Prizes are awarded to Category Winners: Juniors, Masters, Women + Men using DOTS. This means, the highest DOTS wins!


DEFCON-1 is a nod to the anything goes, hard + fast vibe with all the trimmings so we will be using a Powerlifting “Power Bar” + Goliath Calibrated Steel Weight Plates.

You will be lifting on our 3M x 3M Carpeted Lifting Platform with the BEST Loading + Spotting Team around, including a Tech Desk for your attempt submissions + 3 Referees.


In a Competition where “anything goes” we do need to have caveats to that (naturally).

What you are permitted to use in terms of equipment is as follows:

  • Deadlift Suits
  • Lifting Straps
  • Hitching + Lapping
  • Sumo or Conventional
  • Salts + Slaps

You are required to:

  • Wear at a minimum socks or foot coverings if not wearing shoes (for hygiene purposes)
  • Wear shin-high socks + something form-fitting so our Referees can see you + the Barbell
  • Lock OUT – Knees, Hips + Shoulders in an obvious Locked Out + controlled finished position
  • Strap yourself in (you may ask someone to give you salts, but strap in is the Competitor’s responsibility)
  • Weigh In + have the clothing + gear that you are competing in, inspected. If you have any questions about this, please email Killer @ Reception.


Soft Suits are not required – IYKYK! Wear something comfortable, if you have a Softsuit + want to wear it – FANTASTIC (it makes our Ref’s jobs easier if you do) but it’s no biggie if you don’t.

Don’t rock up in baggy pants + running sneakers as you will be asked to remove said clothing.


Registration is required by completing the form below + making payment via the link provided to you by our Operations Team.

DEFCON-1 requires a 2 Hours Weigh-In, which means, as the Competition kicks off at 3PM, you will be required to weigh in at 1PM at Empire that day.

We may elect to have 2 – 3 Flights / Sessions to accommodate all Competitors, so your weigh ins will be prioritised in order of the Lifting Schedule that will be emailed to you 2 weeks prior to the Competition.

FULL DISCLOSURE: The cost of your registration is pooled to provide Cash Prizes to the Category Winners.