A guy at my gym talked to me the other day and told me I should compete, and well, I've never had any desire to compete because my numbers were too low and I wouldn't want to pay money to suck. Anywho, I went to their website, rawpowerlifting.com, and it looks like I could break some records in the next 5 years or so. My best gym lifts are 325 bench, 455 dead, 455 squat and I am sure I could do 500+ on squat and deadlifts, and this is without any wraps or a belt and drug free. I was just curious if anyone else has any experience in this federation and if it would be worth it. Thanks.
I don't have any experience with that federation, but it's always worth it to compete. Unless it is specifically a world meet or pro meet, there will be a huge range of strength and experience levels in the people competing. I've seen fellow competitors and the crowd get behind people just as much for sub-300 squats as 1000+ squats. If you are waiting to get "strong enough" to compete, you will likely never compete. Plus it gives your training an added element of focus and urgency.
My advice would be to find a meet in your area and go compete. Almost all federations seem to have a raw division these days, so just go with the meet that is close just to get some experience.
Sounds good, besides, I don't know any power lifters at all in my area and it would be fun to meet some people. Now I'll just have to see how much money I have left over after I pay tuition in a month :/ I really need to meet some fun people with my interests.
I have lifted in some 100% raw meets before. I have always found the judging to be consistant and fair. I say its worth a shot. don't expect a lot from their state meets they are usually not well attended maybe 20 lifters or so, at least thats my experiance.
Don't sell yourself short about competing. My first strongman contest I did on two days rest ( a last minute decision) and never did half of the events before. I came in last in my weight class but I still felt good about myself because I knew I was getting better and building confidence. The only event i won was a tie in the deadlift because I have experience in that. Winning is great and all but you can't win if you do not try. Besides competing is a learning experience and you bond with other lifters and may even make some friends and training partners. They are competetive sports but also friendly. Where else can you have your opponent cheer you on?
I knew that my numbers weren't competitive going into my first competition(s). I figured that it would give me an opportunity to make beginner meet mistakes so that by the time my lifts were more competitive, I would already have had some experience under my belt.
Also, after a while I just needed the motivation in the gym. But I'm with you - meets are even more excessively expensive when you've got tuition to worry about...
I am in the 100% RAW Fed. I just did my 1st PL meet back in Nov. I really had a great time and met some really cool people. I myself did not know any PL in my area. I live in NY and went to my 1st meet in VT. I ended up meet 3 lifters that live by me and one that owns a PL gym. This past Friday I had off from work so I got to go over to his gym and workout with him a some other PL lifters it was great time. As far as the 100% RAW Fed its self I really love it very fair judging, supportive lifters, and an all around great atmoshere. I have to agree with Sean S if you wait until you think your strong enought chance are you will never compete. Once your there lift and meet other people you will realize that no one is there just to win but to set PR's and support other lifters and the sport. I was looking to total 1300 at my 1st meet and only pulled a 1235 but in the end I was not half as disappointed in myself as I thought i would be pulling such a low number. So I would really suggest you find a meet and just go for it! Good Luck and have fun.
BW SQ BP DL Total
283 455 365 475 1295
272 425 345 495 1265
229 408 275 551 1235 <---1st Meet
Raod to 1607 Elite Total Log- http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=131363
February 20th theres a USAPL meet at the Naval Academy that should get a pretty strong turnout from Maryland lifters, I know I"ll be there.
Raw 220/105kg lifter
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Best gym lifts
I'm planning on competing in that fed in march as they're having one locally.
I competed for the first time last year and it was aweomse. I didn't think I was strong enough and when I saw some of the other lifters in my class I thought I'd be whiped clean. Surprisingly I took 1st and best lifter, so you just never know.
Plus, by competing it adds that element to your training. So often would I get unmotivated and burned out.. now I live to train and compete. It's incredible.. do it bro!!
Can anyone tell where the 100%Raw fed's lifting standards fall? I doubt they are as strict as the IPF, but are they close? or are they closer to multiply fed standards? I mean bench pauses, squat depth, etc.
Always wondered this.
I have competed in the following feds, IPA, SPF, 100% raw, and ADAU. I will be lifting in the USAPL soon. Here are my thoughts:
IPA- well run, had lots of fun
SPF-had lots of fun
100% raw- the first fed I ever lifted in, had fun, judging was consistant and the meet respectable, not much for a turnout though, a few meets only had 12 lifters
ADAU-fun, judging was strict, bench pause was longer then any other meet. well run and organzided. Strict with rules and drug testing, very old school in mentality.
as far as standards I would say 100% raw has consistant standards more in line with ADAU but not as strict. I believe they do their best to adhere to their rule book, if the hip joint break paralle then no higher no lower. Bench pause is a good one not to short not too long.
as a fed I think 100% raw needs to grow a little more. so some meets suffer from lack of funding or organization and support.
Sometimes it is better to do fewer well run meets then a lot of meets poorly run
just my 2 cents not trying to knock the folks who work so hard to direct a meet.