Post 1 – November 20, 2016
One Minute Timer Clock
A lifter has the right to use up the one minute allowed if they wish to.
The one minute allowance was designed when all powerlifting was equipped. This was to allow the wrapping of knees, pulling up suit straps, adjusting the bench shirts etc.
With an averaged of ten lifters in a flight, or approximately ten minutes between attempts coupled with the fact that virtually all lifting is classic, then there is no reason why a lifter cannot be ready to walk onto the platform as soon as the announcer calls “The bar is loaded”.
On average a lifter can normally get the Start or Squat command within 20 seconds unless they must re rack the bar for some reason. Still, we have lifters that choose to use up the full one minute allowed, in fact at the Provincials last week we had a lifter who timed out on his attempt.
A few facts and figures: (In a contest with 60 lifters)
- 9 Attempts each or 540 attempts in total
- If each lifter got to the bar 10 seconds earlier the time saved on the day would be
10 seconds x 540 attempts which would equal 1 ½ hours off the day
Benefits to be had if we all were ready:
- The meet director and the army of volunteers could finish 1 ½ hours earlier
- The less dead time that we can create, the more interesting it is for the spectator
- The lifters do not have to hang around an extra 1 ½ hours for their awards and can be driving home
Just my thoughts as a lifter and meet director.