The athletes compete in separate weight classes. Competitors relying on wheelchairs compete with those who do not require wheelchairs, using the same competition facilities. The competitors lie flat on their back on the weight bench for the lift, and can choose freely whether they want to take the bar from the rack by themselves or with the assistance of their coaches. They must then lower the bar to their chest, in complete control of the weight, and press it upwards again until their arms are completely straight. Each competitor is permitted three lift attempts to manage the maximum weight. In the event of a tie between several competitors lifting the same weight, the competitor with the lowest body weight wins. With regard to their physical fitness, the athletes benefit in particular from the strengthening of their upper body muscles thanks to powerlifting. Since 2014, competitors have been able to participate in the sport of powerlifting at the Invictus Games.
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