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BigTallOx
09-20-2008, 10:00 AM
About 2 months ago, I started bulking. I've gained about 15 pounds and I now weight about 280 ( but keep in mind I'm 6'8" tall with a 6'11" wingspan ). I'm going to compete in my second powerlifting meet in two weeks ( I'm not squatting in a meet yet, just bench and deadlift ). I'm kind of undecided if I should stop bulking and get back under 275 or not worry about it. I've been really satisfied with how my bench has increased, but I'm not up to what the guys my age in the 308 weight class are benching ( not even close to some ). I don't know what my current body fat percentage is, and I don't want it to get too high either. Here's a pic so you have some idea....

http://www.brianmielke.com/080920.png

Should I drop down below 275, or not? I think I know what I should do, but I guess I'd like some re-assurance or personal experiences from others here.

Thanks.

BULK_BOY
09-20-2008, 10:49 AM
If I were you, I would get back down under 275. Being 39 myself, I know what it is like to compete against the much younger crowd. ;)

BigTallOx
09-20-2008, 11:17 AM
If I were you, I would get back down under 275. Being 39 myself, I know what it is like to compete against the much younger crowd. ;)

No, I'm not competing with the younger guys, just against guys in my age group. Which I believe is 40-44 at this meet.

Sensei
09-20-2008, 11:28 AM
I don't know about you, but I'd much rather compete at the top of a weight class than be the lightest one in it - if I were you, I'd plan on competing at 275.

Lones Green
09-20-2008, 11:31 AM
5 pounds can be dropped very easily just by sitting in a sauna for a short period of time before weigh in. you wouldn't even have to make any changes to your diet. just eat some breakfast, head to the sauna, weigh in, and gain it all back plus more.

then again, if you do not feel comfortable doing this, don't do it. it will just mess with your head.

but if you are confident you can do it, by all means, go for it. you will gain a learning experience from it, if nothing else.

Ryano
09-20-2008, 11:33 AM
I prefer to lift where I'm the strongest. If you'll lose any strength getting to 275, stay at 285. I'm right around 285 and lift in the 308's usually, but occasionally I'll drop to 275's. Lifting in a master division, there is usually not many in your class/div., unless it's a world or nat'l meet.

BigTallOx
09-20-2008, 11:37 AM
Lifting in a master division, there is usually not many in your class/div., unless it's a world or nat'l meet.

Yeah, at the last meet, I was the only guy my age in the 275 division, there were a couple in 308.

BigTallOx
09-20-2008, 11:39 AM
5 pounds can be dropped very easily just by sitting in a sauna for a short period of time before weigh in. you wouldn't even have to make any changes to your diet. just eat some breakfast, head to the sauna, weigh in, and gain it all back plus more.

then again, if you do not feel comfortable doing this, don't do it. it will just mess with your head.

but if you are confident you can do it, by all means, go for it. you will gain a learning experience from it, if nothing else.

How does that affect your strength?

Sensei
09-20-2008, 11:41 AM
Unless you're a small guy to begin with, a 5lbs drop should not affect your strength.

Ryano
09-20-2008, 11:52 AM
Yeah, at the last meet, I was the only guy my age in the 275 division, there were a couple in 308.

I don't really care if there is anyone in my Div/class anyway. It's about me and the weight. I'll switch weight class to take a record. I'm a record whore. LOL

bill
09-20-2008, 04:02 PM
If you think you have a chance to win the 275's it might be worth it. Otherwise just stay big, and knock down a PR. Your relatively new to the comps aren't you? I'm sure it's nice to win, but powerlifting to me is more about my PR's. Unless you need a first to qualify for some other event.

Lones Green
09-20-2008, 04:59 PM
How does that affect your strength?

like Sensei said, you are a pretty big guy, so 5 lbs should not affect your strength.

cutting weight can affect your strength though, if you cut enough.

i think you will be fine with 5 pounds, i would use the method i stated earlier

BigTallOx
09-20-2008, 07:16 PM
Otherwise just stay big, and knock down a PR. Your relatively new to the comps aren't you? I'm sure it's nice to win, but powerlifting to me is more about my PR's.

That's what I was thinking.

ehubbard
09-21-2008, 07:47 AM
5 pounds is pretty easy to lose given your size. I dropped 12 for my first meet and I was fine. You could probably drop 5 pounds by just not eating dinner the night before and maybe hitting the sauna in the AM, if need be.

WillKuenzel
09-21-2008, 11:21 AM
If you have a shot at winning the 275's then I'd probably cut. If you don't know, then I'd be more apt to just weigh-in and compete where ever. That way, still being relatively new to the sport, it's one last thing you have to worry about. Get a few good meets under your belt, feel more comfortable with the way everything goes and then you can add in another thing to stress about.

I didn't worry about it for my first couple of meets. The last 2 meets I tried to cut weight, probably a bit too much though, and it ended up hurting my strength. This next meet I have, I'll be much less stressed because I'm much closer already to where I need to be.

5lbs for someone your size isn't much but if you don't have to worry about it, don't.

BigTallOx
09-21-2008, 12:56 PM
5lbs for someone your size isn't much but if you don't have to worry about it, don't.

Well, the thing is, in 2 weeks it's probably going to be more like 10 pounds instead of 5. I really like how my training is going lately, and I think most of that is due to the bulking diet and gaining some weight. I guess I just decided for sure. I'm not going to worry about what class I weigh in as. Who cares if the other guys in 308 are benching 500+ pounds raw, I'll be happy with a PR at a meet.

Thanks everybody for the responses. I love this sport.

Chris Rodgers
09-21-2008, 01:06 PM
Well, the thing is, in 2 weeks it's probably going to be more like 10 pounds instead of 5. I really like how my training is going lately, and I think most of that is due to the bulking diet and gaining some weight. I guess I just decided for sure. I'm not going to worry about what class I weigh in as. Who cares if the other guys in 308 are benching 500+ pounds raw, I'll be happy with a PR at a meet.

Thanks everybody for the responses. I love this sport.


That's the best plan. You would have to gain so much damn weight to improve your leverages like a typical 308 would have. I'd just keep up with the bulking and feeling strong. :thumbup: