Under the Bar‘s Kris Lindqvist came up with a very interesting idea a while ago : a ‘Geographically dispersed powerlifting meet’; in which participants would compete in their own local or home gyms assisted by as little as a video camera and a power rack.
The official site for the event, VirtualMeet.net, tells all :
Participants lift at their own gyms and upload video footage of their lifts for judging. All meets are currently open with overall results determined by relative strength formula. Once the results are in, an edited meet video is made available for free download.
To allow most anyone to compete most anywhere, power racks and other devices that increase safety without affecting a successful lift are allowed; qualified spotters are simply not found everywhere. The dress code is a T-shirt and shorts (or non-supportive singlet). A belt is the only allowed piece of powerlifting equipment. The technical rules are standard, with special attention paid to the depth of the squat (IPF rules) and the pause on the bench press. Participation is free.
If you haven’t already signed up (entirely free), do so simply by leaving a comment on the original tsampa.org post or sending an email to Kris (address at the bottom of that same page). Very much looking forward to it.