I'm going to my 2nd competition this weekend and was starting to pack my bags for driving this afternoon. I thought I remembered there was a online article about what you should pack, but I can't seem to find it in my saved links and/or a google search. However I did find Big Willie's post here on WBB
And thought maybe this could be a dedicated thread on the topic - or maybe one of the pros could write a comprehensive article for everyone. If there is an article, sorry.. please post link and ignore the list.
Otherwise, add away
Equipment to pack:
Work Boots for BPs
Chucks for SQs and DLs (or Squat shoes)
Knee & elbow sleeves to keep joints warm between attempts
For Equipped Lifting:
Bench Press Shirtammonia
Boards - for warming up
Chalk-not usually needed - but JIC
Liniments/rubbing oiments - something like McTarnahans from Elite or some Muellers
Some light Bands - to use for stretching/warming up shoulders
*Baby Power - DLs
- T-shirt and a spare T-shirt
- Sweatpants and sweatshirt (or something to keep warm between attempts if the comp area is cold or air conditioned)
- **Change of Clothes
Food to bring:
- Peanut Butter, Honey & Bread - for early morning breakfast & snack in between flights
- Caffiene - like Redline
- Liquid Carbs - like some kind of Juice
- Liquid Protein - like Nitrean
- Snacks like Nuts - almonds, peanuts & pitachios
- Membership Card
- **Medical Kit - ice pack, hydrogen peroxide, Band-aids
- **Tissue Paper
Last edited by Bob; 12-05-2008 at 10:51 AM. Reason: Adding everyone's suggestions...
A topic like this always comes in handy!
Forgot the baby powder (for DL).
Pretty complete list, though.
I usually bring an ice pack, some athletic tape and hydrogen peroxide.
And some boards for warming up on the bench.
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
Pretty good complete list. I think this topic has been covered before though....
The only things I would add to that list:
*change of clothes
A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
Lifting Clips: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=johnnymnemonic2
Thanks guys.. I'm adding your suggestions to the list...
I know Sensei, that is what I thought.. but I guess my searching skills are rusty.. the only "list" I found was Big Willie's..
Big Willie posts that list everywhere and a lot of times he leaves out the squat/dl gear.
I wonder if he signs a lot of autographs at his meets because I have not needed a pen of my own at any meet I have been to, lol.
I make a list the night before I leave for each meet and check each thing off as I pack it. I usually pack everything I need for deadlift first, then bench and then squat. This way the deadlift stuff is at the bottom and the squat stuff is on top. Of course, now that I have turned my canvas squat suit into my gym bag as well, this doesn't work.
Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
@165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
@181- 515 SQ 295 BE 570 DL.....1375 total
Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
@148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
@165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
@181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
515 SQ 302.5 BE 585 DL