USPF Adopts New Wording for BP Performance
(updated with official wording)
At the federation's Annual Meeting, at last weekend's Nationals, the USPF National Committe voted unanimously to define how low the bar can touch on a bench press. The current wording is that lifters must "lower the bar to the chest". The Executive Committee approved wording that defines the chest as ending at the pec line. Specifically, the new wording will read that "the chest area is defined as from the bottom of the collarbone to the bottom of the pectoral muscle line at the STERNUM." The bar can be touched no lower than that line.
The new definition is the most restrictive in powerlifting. The IPF defines the the chest as finishing "at the base of the sternum / breastbone".
A number of lifters at Nationals have indicated that judges began implementing the clarification the next day rather than waiting until it took effect after the competition.