TSC Rule Change This Year

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First: go sign up for the Tactical Strength Challenge. We’ll be hosting it on May 4. Usually a bunch of like-minded kettlebell folks come compete with us, so you get to meet a great community of friendly strong people!

I love the TSC, it’s the only competition I like in the world of fitness. I’ve been participating since the beginning and love the tradition…which is why I’m a little sad about the changes they’re making this year.

I understand why they’re changing it, and from a business and participation perspective, it make perfect sense. I’m just a curmudgeon who hates change.

So what’s up? For Novice, Masters, and Open (now called Classic), there’’s no change. It’s the same Deadlift, 24/12kg Snatch, and Pull-up test that it’s always been. So for most of you, there’s nothing new to worry about.

But for our Elite competitors, they changed the rules to be less biased towards the big folks. The pull-ups are no longer weighted. Having weighted pull-ups penalizes the lighter folks more because it’s a bigger percentage of their bodyweight.

What I’m less happy with is the change in snatch weight. Lighter folks get to snatch a lighter bell. So now it becomes a weight-class like event. Depending on what I eat for breakfast on the morning of competition, I’ll either have to snatch the 28kg or the 32kg. That’s a big difference! I’d rather it be a pure test of snatch skill, but I can see that since the 32kg is so heavy it takes a much bigger toll on the lighter guys.

Here’s the full set of rules from StrongFirst and all of the divisions. We’ll be running it by these rules.

Classes of competition

Men’s Novice Division
A max deadlift, bodyweight pull-ups, and snatches with a 20kg kettlebell.

Men’s Classic Division
A max deadlift, bodyweight pull-ups, and snatches with a 24kg kettlebell.

Men’s Pre-competition / Competition Division
A max deadlift, bodyweight pull-ups, and snatches with a 24kg kettlebell (bodyweight up to & including 65kg), 28kg kettlebell (bodyweight 65.1–85 kg), or 32kg kettlebell (bodyweight more than 85kg).

Men’s Masters Division
A max deadlift, bodyweight pull-ups, and snatches with a 20kg kettlebell.

Women’s Novice 12kg Division
A max deadlift, flexed arm hang, and snatches with a 12kg kettlebell.

Women’s Novice 16kg Division
A max deadlift, flexed arm hang, and snatches with a 16kg kettlebell.

Women’s Classic 12kg Division
A max deadlift, bodyweight pull-ups, and snatches with a 12kg kettlebell.

Women’s Classic 16kg Division
A max deadlift, bodyweight pull-ups, and snatches with a 16kg kettlebell.

Women’s Pre-competition / Competition Division
A max deadlift, bodyweight pull-ups, and snatches with a 16kg kettlebell (bodyweight up to & including 60kg) or 20kg (bodyweight more than 60kg).

Women’s Masters Division
A max deadlift, bodyweight pull-ups, and snatches with a 12kg kettlebell.

NEW for 2019

A “Pre-Competition” division will be held each year in April while the “Competition” division will be held in October. The top place finisher in the April event’s Classic division (formerly Open) and the top three place finishers in the April event’s Pre-Competition division (formerly Elite) will be able to enter the October event’s Competition division at no charge. Check back after this April’s event for more information about the upcoming Competition division.

Michael Deskevich