Understanding Sinclair Points

What Are Sinclair Points?

Sinclair points are the gold standard in Weightlifting for working out your rankings in the world. They are adjusted each Olympic Year and are based on the current world records in their respective body weight groups. All you need to do is supply your bodyweight and total (best Snatch + best Clean & Jerk) and points are generated from the information. Please note that Sinclair Points only count from your body weight and total in any one competition.

How do they work it out?

There are 8 body-weight categories for senior and junior men - 56, 62, 69, 77, 85, 94, 105, 105+. And 8 (as of January 2017) for senior and junior women - 48, 53, 58, 63, 69, 75, 90, 90+. For men, all bar the 105kg+ body-weight category has an upper limit and for women, all bar the 90kg+ body-weight category has an upper limit.

The formula for working out Sinclair Points assumes the lifters who broke the World Records are at the top end of their body weight groups. However the 105kg+ category for men and 90kg+ category for women have no upper limits. The IWF (affiliated with Alberta Weightlifting  Association) assign a body-weight for these two super-heavy weight categories. They use mathematical formula to plot a curve that best represents the class.

Here's a link to workout your own Sinclair Points.

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