There are many different ways that powerlifters use to get ready in the final 2 weeks before a meet. I am often asked questions on what I do in the final two weeks leading up to a meet so I have decided to post it here.
Exactly one week before the meet I do my opening attempts for the meet. This is kind of an old school proncipal, but one that has worked really well for me in the past. This serves two main purposes for me. 1 - it allows me to feel relatively heavy weights one last time before the meet. If I don't do this then sometimes I do not feel comfortable under heavy weight at the meet. If I do not do onpeners than it is about 10 to 14 days from the meet since the last time I touched any significant weight.
The second reason is well lets face it, I like a lot of other lifters am a head case when it comes to meets. It is important to be mentaly strong at the meets and for me knowing that 7 days earlier I crushed me openers makes me feel a lot more confident.
Approximately 5 days before the meet I will do some very very light assistance work, sort of like active recovery. I can not stress enough that it is very light and should not leave you sore. The rest of the week I do not set foot in the gym and try to get plenty of sleep.
Now to take a step back I will talk about my last training week, this for me is the week leading up to openers. It depends on how I feel but I will usually back off in weight a little but will still hit heavy weights. For example this week I hit a 800 pound squat and a 760 DL just to keep things a little heavy but nothing rediculous. I will aslo still do some pretty serious auxillary exercises. Some people dont like to work as hard 10 to 14 days out but it always helps me.
On the other hand it is also important to remember that you are not going to make significant strength gains in the last two weeks so dont get yourself hurt.
I hope that helps someone, and in the coming week I will post info on my full 8 weeks leadup to a meet.
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Thanks for reading and if you have any questions just let me know. Thank you to AtLArge Nutrition and Anderson Powerlifting for all of your support.