First Powerlifting Meet Report
So you decided to register for your first powerlifting meet MASTER*: if you are over 40 (or if you turn 40 this year), you can compete against. I'm just back from my first powerlifting meet today. I was what I think they call a Masters II, , in the lb. my trials and tribulations here know that, at Keith Hobman's suggestion, I changed to Olympic style squatting about two weeks. Whether this is your first contest or your 21st, you will still be give you some ideas for contest preparation and things to watch out for at the contest! Are people over 40 obliged to compete as Masters in powerlifting meets?.
I will be discussing the 10 most important tips that I can give you before your first powerlifting meet. So… you are thinking about competing in your first powerlifting meet.
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What are some of the things you need to know before signing up and competing? Why wait until you hit certain lifts such as a kg squat, kg bench and a kg deadlift before you decide to compete?
Competition brings the best out in you, gives you more motivation and drive to get better, and you will come across many knowledgeable lifters and coaches at local powerlifting meets that can further help you in your pursuit for strength. The single best thing you can do before competing in the sport of powerlifting — is to hire a coach. A good coach will have a wealth of knowledge to pass on and will make your job much easier.
I get new clients reach out to me around weeks out from their planned first competition — which is great! Essentially, the longer you give the coach the better. A good coach will prepare you for every aspect of your first competition.
Tips for Your 1st Powerlifting Meet, Part 1: the entry form
Be familiar with the entire rule book of the federation that you are competing in. Each federation has a different set of rules — so without reading the rule book for your particular federation you are setting yourself up for mistakes as the rules may differ to what you may see on Instagram. These rules apply in GPC Australia. Do not cut weight! This is your first powerlifting competition, you are not there to break records in a certain weight class.
Cutting weight on your very first competition will only negatively impact your performance, and it will take away from the whole experience. There are so many new factors and variables thrown at you, the last thing you need to do is add in extra stress and risk a decrease in performance by cutting weight through water loading and getting in the sauna before weigh-ins, or by restricting calories in the weeks prior to the meet where the training is at its heaviest.
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If one of my lifters is weighing 77kg around weeks out from their first meet, I will encourage them to not restrict calories and to compete in the My opinion is you should not even worry about your bodyweight, rather just the weight lifted in your first competition. Weigh-ins are just simply something you have to do. Be realistic with your attempts, drop your ego and remember that whatever weight you hit is a competition PR, because lifts on a platform with referees are completely different to gym lifts.
Your opener should be very easy. I recommend choosing a weight that you could hit for a set of reps on any given day. After you smoke your opener, it will settle your nerves for the rest of the day.
10 Important Tips For Your First Powerlifting Meet
You need to be prepared to take smaller jumps on your second and third attempts if your opener or second attempt moved slower than expected. I like to see my lifters leave 2. Other reactions, in no particular order: Everyone at the meet was great - people were not only friendly but very supportive as well.
This was the first time in my life I've had to lose weight to make weight for an event - for kettlebell stuff, I'm a 70 kilo, and since I'm usually just under that every day, it's no work at all. I got some good advice on how to drop weight but I think I overdid it a little - I took my scale in my suitcase and, when I weighed myself at the hotel just before the meet weigh-in, I was Anyway, I felt that during the meet today - I lost energy as the day wore on.
I've benched, with a decent pause, x2 and x1 at home and should have been able to make Same thing for my last deadlift - I didn't even break the bar off the floor and I knew after the second lift that I was pretty spent already.
There were plenty of "real" lifters. Watching people get into bench shirts was a trip. Watching bench presses over lbs was amazing, as was watching quite a few people deadlift in the mid's. I got comments about how few warmup lifts I took - I felt fine.
I got comments that bordered on getting yelled at for not using a belt - people just couldn't understand that. For once, my back wasn't my weak point on my DL, my legs were - that's a milestone for me.
I got comments that I should have put more weight on the bar for my squat - next time, I said. A pound is a pound no matter which of the three lifts you get it on, I figure, and therefore I need to train my best lift, my DL, harder for the next meet.