Tactical Strength Challenge

The Tactical Strength Challenge (TSC) is a strength competition consisting of three events:

  • A three-attempt powerlifting deadlift
  • Pullups for max reps
  • Kettlebell snatches for max reps in a 5:00 time period

The winner is determined by the combined score in the three events, based on percentages of the TSC References Scores. 

This is Sierra De Goldsmith a super strong girl which inspires me a lot!

Purpose

The purpose of the TSC is to test absolute strength (deadlift), bodyweight-relative strength (pullups), and cardiovascular endurance (kettlebell snatches). The three events test a unique trade-off between these abilities. Heavier participants have an advantage in the deadlift, lighter participants have an advantage in pullups. The kettlebell snatch tests all participants more or less equally.

The TSC does not charge an entry fee.  (Optional fund-raising for charitable purposes is allowed as long as it’s strictly optional.)  There is no organization to join and therefore no membership fee.  No uniform or gear is required.   Just show up and lift.

This is Marcus doing his pull ups

Classes of Competition

There are six classes of competition. The Men’s Open Division and Men’s Masters Division use a max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 24kg kettlebell. The Men’s Elite Division uses a max deadlift, pullups with 10kg of added weight (22 lbs), and snatches with a 32kg kettlebell. The Men’s Novice Divisionuses a max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 16kg kettlebell.  The Women’s Open Division uses a max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 16kg kettlebell.  The Women’s Novice Division uses a max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 12kg kettlebell.

There are no weight classes, since the different events variously favor heavier or lighter competitors by design.

David with his snatch, the one and only in the Swedish ELITE division!

 

History

The original TSC was developed by Pavel Tsatsouline. We have made a couple of changes from the original competition. In the original, the events included one-legged squats (”pistols”) done with a kettlebell. The new TSC substitutes the deadlift, which is simpler and more user-friendly. Also in the original, kettlebell snatches were done with only one switch of the arm allowed, and were not timed. We have changed the rules to allow multiple switches and imposed a 5:00 time limit. These changes make snatches less technical and a harder test of cardiovascular fitness.

The 10kg (22 lbs) used for pullups in the Men’s Elite Division comes from an old standard used by some Soviet special forces units (Spetznatz). This standard specified that candidates would be able to do 18 strict pullups with 10kg of added gear.

Spring meet 2012

 

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