View Full Version : Getting Started in Competition

06-02-2005, 08:52 PM
I'm at the point where I am ready to start preparing for an actual competition. For those veteran powerlifters: where should I start looking? I have run a few half-assed googles on the subject and come up with a few meets in my area late this year but they're APA national qualifiers. I'd like to get a slightly more humble start. If anyone (who has a longtime standing in the sport) has any idea where I can start, please, let me know.

06-02-2005, 08:55 PM
It probably doesn't cover local, non-sanctioned meets (some of which MIGHT be listed in PLUSA...), but Tommy's site is a good place to start.

Tommy Fannon's Meet Listings:

Powerlifting Federations' Rules

06-02-2005, 09:44 PM
I'm tentatively doing an APF meet in October. Should be interesting.

06-03-2005, 03:22 AM
usapl is a good place to start.

http://www.usapowerlifting.com and

Paul Stagg
06-03-2005, 07:51 AM
Don't let the names of the APA meets fool you. As long as there isn't a qualifying total (and there probably isn't), anyone can lift, and anyone is welcome to lift.

My experience with the APA is as a spectator (covering the 01 nationals for powermag), they ran the meet well, the judging was fair, and it was a fun atmosphere. All levels of lifters were welcome and encouraged.

My lifting experience in the USAPL was similar, a little less of a fun atmosphere (still fun, mind you).

06-04-2005, 07:45 PM
Some great suggestions in this thread. The goal is to lift in my first comp before the year is up. I've recovered well from the surgery. Bodyweight is back up, strength is almost there. I'm eating as best I can and lifting hard. I'll see what I can find. Thanks guys.

06-05-2005, 11:37 AM
Good luck with whatever meets you do choose. For me I dont think Ill really ever compete aginst other people. I do have goals but the biggest ones are long term. Id like to have a 500lb+ bench by the time im 25 with 800lbs+ squats and deads. I know its possible to because we have a kid in our school whos the same size as me musclar wize and he benches 375, deads 625, and squats over 700lbs. Hes not even 18 yet.

06-05-2005, 08:25 PM
I would definitelly compete man, i've been to a few and even though they were pretty small they were alot of fun so im sure you'd have a great time. I got second in bench press for my weight class at states for weightlifting last year in CT and it was really fun, i say go for it!