View Full Version : Try to understand "peaking" for a meet.

09-23-2012, 04:42 AM
I've read multiple times from multiple sites that you can't get stronger but you can get weaker the last couple weeks leading into a meet. So how do you train those last couple weeks so your at your strongest for your meet?

09-23-2012, 06:41 AM
Deload the last week. Hit a single in the 85% range two weeks out. Hit a good double or triple 3 weeks out at 92.5%.-95% that's solid enough for a novice or beginner.

09-23-2012, 06:49 AM
Thanks Scott

09-23-2012, 08:22 AM
Deload the last week. Hit a single in the 85% range two weeks out. Hit a good double or triple 3 weeks out st 92.5%.-95% that's solid enough for or novice. The beginner.
Scott, do you and other elite lifters you know generally take a more or less aggressive path?

09-23-2012, 09:38 AM
I do something similar to this but it always changes based on how the meet prep has gone. Some guys deload very early(5-6 weeks out) and some guys go heavy all the way up to 5 days out. Its all based on what YOU need.

09-23-2012, 09:46 AM
I start peaking around 3 weeks out. The third week out I keep the main lifts high, but cut down on assistance a little. From two weeks on main lifts are only about 80%. It's a fine line for me to get work in without pushing beyond the limit.

I appreciate the question because I am readjusting my program as a result. I am competing in three weeks. I have a very heavy DE effort bench work for Monday, but had not tapered off my assistance. I will do so now. Also, my ego wants a 585 raw bench on my ME bench this Friday. Instead I am going to go 95%-570 with a pause. I know this will be an easy lift and will set me up for success. The point is not what I lift in the gym, but what I hit in the meet.

09-23-2012, 10:17 AM
This is an interesting topic to me.. . i tend to beat the crap out of myself going into a meet.. I'll hit up to 2nd attempts (which should be a 5-10 lb meet PR) 3-4 weeks out (deadlifts are usually 4 weeks to allow for recovery, bench and squat are 3 weeks out), then at 2 weeks out come back and work up to opener. I'll do opener for 1, maybe 2 singles that week on all 3 lifts. During that week I want lifts that are without a doubt clean on those opening attmepts. My wife is the judge and jury on that one, and if she redlights me on the first time I try the opener, I'll do it again. if she gives me an OK on the opener attempt, it feels easy, and I'm feeling beat up, I just shut it down and do light accessory work. The week before a meet, I'm at the point where I need the week off if its been a good meet prep. I'm feeling beat to crap and need to just rest (I consider this to be the supercompensation phase it is just a bit different than a traditional circamax). I generally won't squat, bench or deadlift theweek before a meet, but as I've gotten stronger, I've learned there is a need to do some sort of mobility work.. drag the sled, walk, light GHR/reverse hyper, etc... Otherwise I'm so tight I cant move come meet day.

I think a novice lifter needs to back off a little differently.. hitting openers even 3 weeks out to allow for full recovery, but it really depends on the individual lifters.

09-23-2012, 11:49 AM
I'm so glad you guys chimed in here and in the thread I started with such great advice. So many routines have you beating yourself up with 95-100% singles or doubles the week before meet week. I wonder how many guys left it all in the gym as a result.

Also glad some of you touched on assistance work. That was going to be my next question.

09-23-2012, 11:50 AM
I'm learning how to tune my training, I just did a small meet and missed weights that I hit in training! I trained balls out than deloaded week before and the weights felt a little heavy at the meet.
Thanks for all the replys.

Travis Bell
09-24-2012, 08:03 AM
I deload similar to Vincent. about 3 weeks out I start dialing things back a little. Accessory work goes back first.

The week before I spend every day going through a short 30min rehab and stretching workout. If I do nothing I find that I go into the meet feeling sluggish and lazy.

09-24-2012, 11:35 AM
Hunt down the "Periodization" series on EFS, although most of the images aren't uploaded or read the following one.


To enforce the main point though:

Either way, ultimately, your only priority during those weeks is your three competition lifts and getting your body rested to lift the most weight on meet day. You're not running a Prowler contest or doing a close grip incline or Good Morning meet. Use these lifts as a means to an end and be aware of when to back them off.

09-26-2012, 12:28 PM
I set up my 3 week wave ( light, med/reps, heavy) to be heavy the day of a meet. I've had good success peaking two different ways, either one is okay depending on how beat up you are feeling.

Option one has me hitting something within 5% of an opener the week before the meet and going very light 2 weeks out.
Option two has me hitting an opener then a 2nd attempt with reverse bands at two weeks out then going 50% at most the week before the meet.