I'm increasingly becoming more interested in someday competing in a powerlifting competition, but I've been wondering exactly what I should expect if I did one in the next year or two.
First off, are there any real age groups after a certain point? I'm 19 now, and will probably be 20 before I actually try an event. Is it all just done by weight after 18 years old?
If I were to enter a decent competiton, what should I expect for my weight class? I'm thinking about being anywhere betwen 180 - 210. I know I'm not necessarily weak, but I'd rather not go to a competiton and be completely embarrased. What are some average bench, deadlift, and squat numbers for say guys in a 190'sh pound weight class?
Last edited by Invain; 10-04-2007 at 07:11 PM.
Depends on what federation you lift in. Is it an equipped fed or a raw fed, a tested fed or amatuer fed etc etc?
Fuck, fight, or hold the light.
19 to 23 is usally junior
23-40 is usually open
Best Meet @ Lifts@181:...............Best gym lifts
Squat...- 403..........................Squat....- 395 w/belt
Bench...- 303..........................Bench....- 300....Paused in meet - 281
Deadlift.- 503.....Unofficial 513...Deadlift..- 490
Total....- 1,203...IPF Class II......All done raw, Touch'n go bench
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if you compete in the raw division your bench is respectable, squat, not that great, but its an atf squat so you might be able to get it up depending on the fed, or just do something like nasa, uspl or IPF were they almost do an atf squat.
if your at 190 you could also lose 9 lbs of water weight then compete at the 181lb class which your numbers would be pretty respectable.
Typically there push-pull meets (bench, DL), full meets (bench, DL, squat) and bench only meets. Never heard of a bench-squat.
The age and weight classifications differ from federation to federation. Open usually runs from 23-25 up into the 30s. Anyone can compete in the open class, but if you're 18 it makes more sense to compete in a junior class where you most likely be more competitive. The same is true for old people competing in a master's class.
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I wouldn't discount your bench, assuming you're still doing 300x1. Most people can do a ton on squat and deadlift, and you may find that even at a raw meet it is your best event.
BTW, as for weight classes you would either fall in the 181 class if you dropped some weight, or you would most likely compete in the 198 class. After that is the 220 class, which I compete in.
The weights that guys are putting up will vary greatly by meet. Local meets will obviously have fewer elite level lifters. State level meets might have a few more. National or World level meets will have lots of very strong lifters, and most of the time you have to qualify for those meets anyway. Also, it will vary by whether you are competing in a raw meet or fed or one that allows assistance gear.
How much are decent squat and bench suits btw? If I did like competing and wanted to try gear, I'm curious as to how much I'd have to spend.
How long's it take most people to get used to lifting with a suit? As in, a few weeks till you're comfortable, or does it take a long time.
I'm just curious if people who have never used gear before try it a few times and their lifts magically go up like 50 lbs.
I'd still really like to stay raw though.
I would start competing immediately. Find a bench meet or a push/pull and enter. Or just go and watch. You can learn so much just by being there and you can meet a lot of strong people who can help you.
A bench shirt isn't magic, you need to learn how to use it. Find a good single-ply like a RageX (Inzer) and get some good training partners. Ask any shirt questions in the PL forum and you will definitely get some help. Don't buy a crap shirt like a Blast and don't go 2-ply or anything like that. Keep working and keep asking questions.
Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:520 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220