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04-18-2005, 09:43 PM
What are the weight breaks for the powerlifting classes?

Where would find examples of the proper form for sticking the lifts?

With my weight of 201lbs where would i have to be for the big three to be competitive?

I could drop to 185 fairly easy so would it be easier to drop and compete in a lower class?


04-18-2005, 10:41 PM
Men: 114, 123, 132, 148, 165, 181, 198, 220, 242, 275, 308, 308+
Women: 97, 105, 114, 123, 132, 148, 165, 181, 198, 198+

As a general rule, 2xbdwt in squat and deadlift and 1.5xbdwt in the bench press are very respectable lifts. As far as what is competitive, that totally depends on the meet. Don't let your numbers dictate whether you compete or not - just get out there and go for it!

04-19-2005, 07:17 AM
I will have to shed a vew pounds to get to at least 198, i might go for 181 though. I will have to find out when we have a meet in the area and judge from there i guess.


04-19-2005, 09:11 AM
So what you are saying is that you could be 164 and compete against a 149 pound guy?

04-19-2005, 03:12 PM
yeh, you could. im guessing that like most things like this you always want to be at the top of your class with as little bf as possible.

04-19-2005, 04:18 PM
Frankly, the 123-132 jump for women sucks.

I`m never getting to 123, but 132 is high for me. Damn this small body :swear:

04-19-2005, 04:42 PM
So what you are saying is that you could be 164 and compete against a 149 pound guy?

You could, but it'd be a lot smarter for that 149 lb guy to lose a pound.

Unless he was a 165er that ****ed up his weigh-in.

04-19-2005, 06:59 PM
So what you are saying is that you could be 164 and compete against a 149 pound guy?

uhh yeah... thats how weight classes work in every sport haha

04-20-2005, 05:43 AM
1.5 is really respectable? people have made fun of me for my bench lol...

Because mine is about 1.5... i weigh 140, and can do 215 now...

i wonder if our school has power lifting

04-20-2005, 02:43 PM
It was always like that in our school, my freshmen year i competed at 275 but every year after i was over so i competed at 300+.... in our football weightlifting competetions. Ive done over my weight at this point but im no where close to 1.5 times although I should work twoards my lean body mass of around 245 from my current 303.

Ive always wanted to compete, but my bodyweight has been a setback because as strong as I am for my age im too heavy...

Im thinking of starting to compete once i get my bench around 450 and my deads and squats over 650, and i do gain pretty easy so I figure 2-3 hard years of work should put me in that ball park.

04-20-2005, 02:51 PM
I just said those as guidelines. Don't let your numbers dictate whether you compete or not.

Competition will light a fire under you for your training and meeting and seeing a lot of strong people will help motivate you even more (at least it does for me). If you're not afraid to talk to people at the meet, you can learn a ton about training, equipment, meet prep, etc.

Don't put off entering a meet until you are Ed Coan, because you'll never get there if you're constantly surrounded by nothing but gym rats who are impressed with anything over 135...

04-20-2005, 02:56 PM
I really dont pay attention to other lifters as far as what I do compared to them or what they think of what weights I do... I see it as ir regardless in terms of how strong I am or will get. I set small goals and work twoards them... be it adding 5lbs to my max in x ammount of times or adding reps to a certaint weight. But for as big as I am and for as big as the guys I would have to lift aginst are, id probably get emabrassed right now.... My lean body mass is around 245 so If i can pack on about 15-20 more lbs of muscle and shed some fat ill be in good shape.

04-20-2005, 03:05 PM
You don't pay attention to others, but you'd be embarrassed?...

All I'm saying is that you'd probably hit the numbers you want to hit a lot more quickly if you started competing. It's up to you, but don't get stuck in the "I'll-compete-when-I-can-do-Xlbs" syndrome that is epidemic in most powerlifting internet forums. Most of those guys know everything there is to know about the latest "Circa-Maximal-Oscillitory-Isometric-Method", but they quit lifting seriously way before they ever set foot on a competition platform.

04-20-2005, 03:25 PM
By embarrased I mean that for my weight Id bet most people who arnt total fat piles are considerably stronger... I dont really care what others think of me or my strenght but i wana put my self in a position so that I dont get blown outa the water.

04-20-2005, 06:04 PM
We have a bench competition at my school here on May 1st...

I'm not a great bencher... 300 pounds will probably be my max, but at 192 that's pretty damned respectable, but not good enough... Wonder if I have any chance of winning... I kind of want to see how I measure up against other people in my weight class... I WISH it was a deadlift competition though :)