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jtteg_x
12-25-2010, 04:32 AM
For you competitors out there, how long did it take for you to achieve an elite total? and speaking of elite totals, is there a standardized chart for raw, single and multiply geared lifters? What advice can you give someone who is working their way up the ladder?


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JK1
12-25-2010, 08:36 AM
You need to check the federation you are competing in. The numbers are similar, but each fed has their own specific numbers for ELITE for each weight class.

theBarzeen
12-25-2010, 08:43 AM
JK1 is correct.... each fed has its own numbers. I mostly compete APF so I go by the one posted at www.worldpowerliftingcongress.com

My first contest was in 2008, I came up 100lbs short.
In '09 as an AAPF lifter I hit the AAPF elite total, and set my sights on the APF elite total.
In '10 I hit an APF elite total as an AAPF lifter.

MarcusWild
12-25-2010, 03:12 PM
It took me ~3.5 yeas from 1289 at my first meet to 1940 (multi-ply elite @242). Find people that are a lot stronger then you and ask for help. Before I had my own gym, once a month I'd drive 2 hours each way to Super Training to get coaching. The guys up there were stronger than anyone I knew or trained with.

Brian Hopper
12-25-2010, 08:47 PM
It took me about 2 years....

My first full meet I was 17@198 and I squatted 507 in just knee wraps, benched 341 wearing an Inzer blast shirt and deadlifted 507 raw for a 1355 total.
My last full meet as a teen, I was 19@242 and I squatted 810, benched 523, and deadlifted 622 for an APF Elite total of 1955. (I just missed 677 deadlift for a 2010 total).

I agree with Marcus, I would find a team if you can or just some stronger guys that you can train with and ask questions.

mastermonster
12-25-2010, 10:18 PM
It's kind of a complex answer for me. I've been training since age 14; almost 55 now. I trained for a variety of reasons for a loooooong portion of that time. Football, bodybuilding, boxing, full-contact karate, and powerlifting. Often doing more than one of those things at the same time span. A large portion as a powerlifter and bodybuilder at the same time. I finally gave in to the idea that I couldn't be my best at anything trying to be everything! So, in 2002 I went 'all in' just as a powerlifter and put all of my training and focus in it. So, from that time it took me about 3 years (2005) to make elite. I was 49 years old.

douglasoh5
12-26-2010, 07:53 AM
I hit my first elite total when I was 21

ScottYard
12-26-2010, 05:11 PM
An elite total is an elite total. Raw or gear. When the aau created the elite totals they were based off wraps only.

SELK
12-27-2010, 06:01 PM
Under a year of training, an elite total in multiply gear doesn't take very much strength. An elite total in wraps only is a huge accomplishment though, as Scott said thats what they are designed for. I think the Pro totals are better to look at for geared lifting.

jtteg_x
12-27-2010, 06:34 PM
I compete raw or single ply in the USPF, USPA, APA and UPA. I didn't realize until now each federation has their own standards.

ScottYard
12-28-2010, 10:18 AM
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Under a year of training, an elite total in multiply gear doesn't take very much strength. An elite total in wraps only is a huge accomplishment though, as Scott said thats what they are designed for. I think the Pro totals are better to look at for geared lifting.

I agree.