SFL Barbell Certification Requirements

Extensions Testing due to COVID-19

*Student candidates who have attended a recent SFL certification and are working towards completing testing requirements will have a 3 month additional grace period. To be eligible: original pending skills submission dates must be between March 1 – May 31. [Example: Pending skills due on April 1—have until July 1, 2020 to submit retest videos.]

*Upcoming student candidates who are registered to attend an SFL certification live during June 1 – September 30 will have the option to submit skill requirements via video 6 months from the last day of the Certification (Sunday date). [Example: Attending Seattle SFL Cert July 19—have until January 19, 2021 to submit skill test videos.]

(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

The Instructor candidates must pass the following tests:

  1. Teaching safely and effectively.
  2. Strength test.
  3. Technique test.

Candidates have a choice of taking the strength and technique test during the Certification or submitting a video up to 6 months after the end of the Certification.

If you are not planning on teaching others, you may choose to forego the testing. You will be issued a certificate of attendance instead of an instructor certificate.

THE STRENGTH TEST

  • Deadlift
    • Student must complete 1 repetition (conventional or sumo) with a weight that is equivalent to:
    • Women—1.5 x bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg
    • Masters Women (50 and over)—1.35 x bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg
    • Men—2 x bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg, not to exceed 450lb/205kg
    • Masters Men (50 and over)—1.8 x bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg, not to exceed 450lb/205kg
  • Bench Press
    • Student must complete 1 repetition with a weight that is equivalent to:
    • Women—0.75 x bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg
    • Masters Women (50 and over)—0.65 x bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg
    • Men—1.25 x bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg
    • Masters Men (50 and over)—1.1 x bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg

THE TECHNIQUE TEST

The following skills are tested for 5 reps with the specified weights:

  • Back Squat
      • Women—0.75 x bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg
      • Masters Women (50 and over)—0.67 x bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg
      • Men—bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg
      • Masters Men (50 and over)—0.9 x bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg
  • Deadlift (conventional or sumo)
    • Women—bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg
    • Masters Women (50 and over)—0.85 x bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg
    • Men—1.5 x bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg
    • Masters Men (50 and over)—1.3 x bodyweightrounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg
  • Military Press
      • Women—0.5 x bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg
      • Masters Women (50 and over)—0.4 x bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg
      • Men—0.67 x bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg
      • Masters Men (50 and over)—0.5 x bodyweight, rounded up to the nearest 5lb/2.5kg

Equipment not allowed during testing: belt, knee wraps, wrist straps, or powerlifting suits.

TESTING EXEMPTIONS

In rare cases, a highly accomplished, national, or international-level coach or athlete may be exempt from the strength or technique tests due to chronic injury. The same exemption is available for veteran military, law enforcement, and first responders. These exemptions will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Requests for a testing exemption can be sent here.