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    Tell Me About Your First Meet

    I joined this site back when I was a freshman in high school and first got into weight training. I was into it very much but was foolish about training, diet and consistency and fell out of it after a 2-3 on/off again period. I smoked cigarettes for two years after I graduated and stopped working out as a whole. After awhile I got sick of feeling like a piece of shit and dropped the habit last January and started hitting the weights again.

    I started doing Jim Wendlers 5/3/1, using Dave Tates spread for it and I'm hooked. I'm back in the swing of things and working out is becoming fun again while I still make sure I get good calories and lots of protein in. I signed up for my first powerlifting meet a few weeks ago which is october 11th. I'm in the 198 weight class, but I kind of intend on just going into whatever class I land in, just for the off chance that I go over the weight limit before the meet. That might make me sound foolish, but I'm into it more to just compete against myself rather than win first prize and beat anyones total or anything like that. I was wondering if you guys could either share some experiences on your first meets or even just offer me tips/advice on what to expect or tell myself to prepare for it better.
    Last edited by T2ThaJoyal; 04-28-2014 at 04:32 PM.
    Goals By January 5th 2015
    Bench Press - 225
    Deadlift - 455
    Squat - 365
    Weight - 205 lbs
    Current Stats
    Bench Press - 185 lbs
    Deadlift - 405 lbs
    Squat - 325 lbs
    Weight - 192 lbs

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    The best thing you can do is go to a meet before the one you are competing and just observe. It can get overwhelming if you don't know the order of things. It helps to have someone there to help you out. Depending on how big the meet is, it can be hard to get your warm ups done when and how you want to.

    Definitely don't worry about making a certain weight, go into whatever weight class you land in. You also have the right idea to just do what you can do and not worry about anyone else. Your openers should be very easy, like a last warm-up set. Pick openers that you can get on your worst day under the worst conditions and make them look easy. Once you get your opener, go for whatever you want on your following attempts. The most important thing in your first meet is to get some numbers that you will try to beat at your next meet.

    Try to stay calm the day of the meet. Find an area where you can keep your stuff and grab a chair if possible. Sit down as much as you can when you're not warming up or lifting. Always have water or a sports drink nearby so you can stay hydrated. Bring a lot of food options for yourself. You want to be eating throughout the day but don't over-eat.

    And have fun.

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    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    I haven't had one yet. I'm 230 pounds and my total is only 1200 after lifting for a while! I doubt I'll ever be strong enough to actually be competitive :/

    Though, I also dislike deadlifting and benching (I like to squat and OHP), so not sure I'd even get anything out of a meet.
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    Best advice I can give is to start warming up early. You can always slow a warm up down, but speeding one up is stressful. Just have fun. Meets are awesome! Good luck.


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    My first meet was terrible lol. I bombed. I was 18 and did a bench only meet. I bought my ehphd blast shirt and was ready to dominate. I opened at 430. That was more then I ever did before. I beat the press command and racked the bar too soon. I then missed the loft twice. Big bomb! It took me three meets to get a lift in. Don't worry about being competitive. Most meets you won't even have 1 or two guys in your class. Just do a meet and have a blast. Take toilet paper. Powerlifting meets are held in hotels or small gyms. People dominate the toilets and make a mess. Take some tp as the toilet paper always runs out.
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    Bench: 525
    Deadlift: 755
    Total: Raw with wraps: 2000. with out wraps: 1925

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    Find experienced lifters to train with. That's critical. They'll be able to guide you on how to prep, how to warmup at the meet, and how to pick attempts. I think at your first meet it's better to be conservative and make 8 or 9 lifts. Just get some numbers you can aim to beat at your next meet.
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    I had the goal to have my heaviest squat be 300 at the meet in october and hit it for 2 singles just last week. I'm beyond stoked. I never thought I'd ever be that strong in life, nevermind so far away from my meet. Thinking about going for 350/375 for my heaviest attempt now.
    Goals By January 5th 2015
    Bench Press - 225
    Deadlift - 455
    Squat - 365
    Weight - 205 lbs
    Current Stats
    Bench Press - 185 lbs
    Deadlift - 405 lbs
    Squat - 325 lbs
    Weight - 192 lbs

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    Openers have to be in by tomorrow night. I'm thinking about opening my squat with 270, bench with 170, and deadlift with 315. Weighing 193-195 every morning lately which I'm really happy about. Any tips on taking those first attempts out? The biggest thing I'm nervous about is missing lifts I can hit in the gym because I was nervous in front of a crowd.
    Last edited by T2ThaJoyal; 10-07-2014 at 05:50 PM.
    Goals By January 5th 2015
    Bench Press - 225
    Deadlift - 455
    Squat - 365
    Weight - 205 lbs
    Current Stats
    Bench Press - 185 lbs
    Deadlift - 405 lbs
    Squat - 325 lbs
    Weight - 192 lbs

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    What have you done in the gym the last month. best triple or single?
    Best raw meet lifts
    Squat:765 with wraps. / 700 raw with out wraps
    Bench: 525
    Deadlift: 755
    Total: Raw with wraps: 2000. with out wraps: 1925

    Best lifts Equipped
    1050, 840, 715. Total: 2605

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    Finished the meet less than two weks ago and it was an awesome experience. My openers were lifts I've done numerous times before, second attempts were gym PRs, and third attempts were regular/meet PRs. There were a good amount of people there but I wasn't really nervous once things started moving and I hit my first squat.

    I opened with a 270 squat, crushed it easily. Then I hit a 315 squat which came up at normal speed and then finished my third attempt very quickly (surprisingly) at 325. For bench, I opened with 170. Then I hit 185. And I was probably another inch or two from locking out 200 but couldn't lock it out. For deadlifts, I opened with 315, then 365, and hit 405 for my final attempt. It was one of the best and most rewarding days of my life and I'm looking forward to many more meets. I was very satisfied going 8/9.

    Apart from the 6 or 7 months I did Starting Strength this was the first time I really lifted seriously in all five years I've been working out. I ran 5/3/1 from January until now, with my squat going from 185-325, bench from 135-185, and deadlift from 225-405. I remember posting progress pics on here as a freshman in high school and actually having another forum member private message me, saying I looked like a skinny sack of shit and that I needed to get my shit together and that the numbers I had claimed to be pretty decent were actually shit. He even messaged me a workout routine to follow, which I didn't because, I was an idiot teenager who knew everything and didn't need anyone's help. I just wanted to say thank you to the people on the forum and to the people who actually work for the website for everything they've contributed. A lot of guys go to bodybuilding.com or bigger sites like that, but this is the first site I ever went to my entire lifting career for information and supplements and I just want to say thank you.
    Goals By January 5th 2015
    Bench Press - 225
    Deadlift - 455
    Squat - 365
    Weight - 205 lbs
    Current Stats
    Bench Press - 185 lbs
    Deadlift - 405 lbs
    Squat - 325 lbs
    Weight - 192 lbs

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    Well, congrats for getting your feet wet! Good job!

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    Great. Glad the board helped you out. Now get training for meet #2. Now you have real PRs to break.
    Best raw meet lifts
    Squat:765 with wraps. / 700 raw with out wraps
    Bench: 525
    Deadlift: 755
    Total: Raw with wraps: 2000. with out wraps: 1925

    Best lifts Equipped
    1050, 840, 715. Total: 2605

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    As posted in my journal from last year.......

    Saturday June 8/13

    Results from my first ever Powerlifting Competition!!!!

    Got to the school at 8:10 and weighed in. 214lbs EEK! Didn't want to drop that much weight, but oh well.

    I was the start for Flight "A" YAHHH I got to start the show! Talk about nerves! Me RAW with NO equipment (not even a belt) going along with the PROs hahahaha Good times.

    Squats - 9:45am
    1st - 120kg nailed it.
    2nd - 130kg got it. (Head judge told me not to bounce at the top)
    3rd - 140kg ground it out. Happy with that. Not quite the 325lbs I got before.

    Went out for lunch. Just got back and a guy said we were starting in 2 mins!! What? Had to warm-up quickly with Bruce. Put too much on for my 2nd warm-up. Damn! Messed me up, not used to darn Kilograms.....

    Bench - 12:35pm
    1st - 87.5kg just-not pretty (didn't wait for the judge to say "Bench" they gave it to me - newbie )
    2nd - 97.5kg got it- but a struggle
    3rd - 102.5kg - FAIL (did this in my gym last month - not Happy)

    Did lots of stretching and working myself up for Deads

    Deadlifts - 2:55pm
    1st - 134kg flew up
    2nd - 142.5kg easy
    3rd - 152.5kg got it. (really surprised how well I did there - still not the 375lbs I've done before thou)

    Total: 390kg.(858lbs)

    So all in all a good day. Except for the bench. My fault I know. Live and learn.
    "to teach God's word, by his own example; that we must Love all things that God made" - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

    DL: 375 RAW No Belt, No Wraps, No nothing!
    SQ: 325 RAW " " "
    BP: 220 RAW " " "

    Total: 920 hahaha Not quite a 1000lbs (This was done back in 2008 )

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