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    First Powerlifting Competition

    Hello people. To start off, I am 16 years old. Have a year under my belt, although didn't get serious with lifting till about 6 months ago. Their is a local competition around me for Bench and Deadlift. My strongest lift is most definitely my bench press. I would compete at 198 lb weight class. My question is, do you think I could place with about a 235 paused bench at 198, and age 16. I'm not sure how many teens are competing in the weightclass, so I'm not sure of my competition. It will be my first competition, and I'd love to go and compete at what I love to do. Any responses are very helpful.

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    Get over the idea of wether or not you might place.....

    Go compete, put 110% into, compete against yourself and nail a new PR.

    You can not be worried about what others will lift or where you will rank.

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    There is no real way to say for sure but based on the competitions that I have attended I would think that you would definitely place for that.
    Even if you diddnt it would be a great start and would get you a competition under your belt, so you at least know what to expect for future events.
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    You guys are totally right. I'm going to call in tomorrow and make sure their is a spot open!

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    Always compete against yourself. I have not kept a trophy in years. I give them to kids. The pride I feel from accomplishing my goals far outweighs any trophy I have ever gotten. Now cash, that's a different story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paleopower View Post
    Get over the idea of wether or not you might place.....

    Go compete, put 110% into, compete against yourself and nail a new PR.

    You can not be worried about what others will lift or where you will rank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paleopower View Post
    Get over the idea of wether or not you might place.....

    Go compete, put 110% into, compete against yourself and nail a new PR.

    You can not be worried about what others will lift or where you will rank.
    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    I agree!!!
    x2. All my trophies just collect dust downstairs for the most part.

    Your first meet should be a learning experience and to have fun. Don't worry about placing.

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    The goal is lift more than you have in the past-placings depend on who else shows up and if they make their attempts.

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    I agree with the ohers here, placing just depends on who shows up. I could go to a small meet and take 1st with a performanc I'm unhappy with, or show up at a big time meet and take 3rd on my best day; I'd rather have my best performance regardless of outcome. Powerlifting is a very different sport in this regard, if someone is 100 lbs stonger than you no plan, strategy, or circumstance will change that on that day. Start with this meet and build yourself to be the best you can be over time. Trophies are great the first couple times, but most lifters that have gone far don't care about trophies after the first couple they get.
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    Focus on not bombing out. Not on numbers. If you are looking at 235 open at 175 or so. Get in the meet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottYard View Post
    Focus on not bombing out. Not on numbers. If you are looking at 235 open at 175 or so. Get in the meet.
    I agree with Scott. Showing up to your first meet and trying to open with your max is a bad way to go. You never know what the judges are looking for (i.e. waiting for a loooong press command). Get on the board with a for sure thing and get a feel for what they will give you a white light for, then put the hammer to it on the second and third attempts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottYard View Post
    Focus on not bombing out. Not on numbers. If you are looking at 235 open at 175 or so. Get in the meet.
    Exactly this.

    You won't make the cover of PLUSA from your first contest. Don't worry about what place you end up in, just go have fun. You'll meet people, gain experience, and have a blast.

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