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    What does it take to make it in a meet

    I want to compete at 200lbs (5 lbs heavier then my current weight)
    Now my question is what kind of maxes and totals will I be facing in the 22-24 age group

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    totally depends on what meet.
    compete to set PRs.
    don't worry about the competition.

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    Like said above it all depends where you are and how popular it is there.

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    PRs always the goal. Especially when you first get started. IF you happen to be competitive when you first start, lucky you.

    I got real serious about power lifting, trained for almost two years before i am competing my first meet (this summer)

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    Quote Originally Posted by songdog View Post
    Like said above it all depends where you are and how popular it is there.
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    And as of now
    350 bench
    400 squat and 400 dead lift I was thinking at 1400 total I would enjoy a meet

    Current weight is 200 but could drop 10lbs easy for a weigh in

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    Quote Originally Posted by csky View Post
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    And as of now
    350 bench
    400 squat and 400 dead lift I was thinking at 1400 total I would enjoy a meet

    Current weight is 200 but could drop 10lbs easy for a weigh in

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    You should be competitive. I’m assuming it’s a raw meet? Your bench will help, your deads need to come up some but are in striking range. How tall are you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MuscleScience View Post
    You should be competitive. I’m assuming it’s a raw meet? Your bench will help, your deads need to come up some but are in striking range. How tall are you?
    6ft and not raw at the moment but I've only been back in the gym for 3-4 months

    My starting range was
    200 bench.
    225 squat
    185 dead

    After this cycle ends (low dose test cycle) I'm going raw

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    Raw refers to not using bench or squat suits to lift. Which when you do is termed “equipt.”

    Quote Originally Posted by csky View Post
    6ft and not raw at the moment but I've only been back in the gym for 3-4 months

    My starting range was
    200 bench.
    225 squat
    185 dead

    After this cycle ends (low dose test cycle) I'm going raw

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    Quote Originally Posted by MuscleScience View Post
    Raw refers to not using bench or squat suits to lift. Which when you do is termed “equipt.”
    Oh yes entirely had a Brainfart there but I am going raw

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    Quote Originally Posted by csky View Post
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    And as of now
    350 bench
    400 squat and 400 dead lift I was thinking at 1400 total I would enjoy a meet

    Current weight is 200 but could drop 10lbs easy for a weigh in

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    181, 198, and 220 are the weight classes you're closest to. The bad news is your current 1150 total nor your desired 1400 total will be "competitive" at any of those three weight classes.

    The good news is that none of that matters. When you enter a powerlifting meet you are only competing against yourself. Your only objective should be to put up the best numbers you can, and use those numbers as your baseline. Train with the intention of bettering yourself for the next time.... and every time.

    My advice for first timers is start light. Set your openers at a weight that you can do an easy double with in the gym. The weight are heavier with a room full of people watching and three people judging. You'll be nervous.

    But the bottom line is get out there and do it. No matter what total you put up I promise you'll have fun. There's nothing else like a full power meet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c_monster70 View Post
    181, 198, and 220 are the weight classes you're closest to. The bad news is your current 1150 total nor your desired 1400 total will be "competitive" at any of those three weight classes.

    The good news is that none of that matters. When you enter a powerlifting meet you are only competing against yourself. Your only objective should be to put up the best numbers you can, and use those numbers as your baseline. Train with the intention of bettering yourself for the next time.... and every time.

    My advice for first timers is start light. Set your openers at a weight that you can do an easy double with in the gym. The weight are heavier with a room full of people watching and three people judging. You'll be nervous.

    But the bottom line is get out there and do it. No matter what total you put up I promise you'll have fun. There's nothing else like a full power meet.
    Good post!

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    What does it take to make it in a meet

    A 1400 total would qualify you for raw nationals in the 93 kg (204 lbs.) weight class in the USAPL. Unfortunately, they are a tested fed, and you would get popped pretty handily with that total at that bodyweight.

    In a non-tested fed, you might be somewhat competitive at the local level, but it all just depends on who shows up. Expect plenty of local meets where it’s just you and maybe one or two other guys in your weight class. There will be some occasions where you feel like you’re basically getting a participation trophy, because you’re the only one.

    As a previous poster mentioned, do it more to compete with yourself and previous bests. What you can do in the gym and what you can do under the scrutiny of judges are rarely one and the same, even for seasoned vets.
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    Agree that you should open light, especially since it's your first meet. You're probably going to be nervous so pick weights for your first attempt that you know you can handle no problem. Use this first meet as a learning experience, and just go have fun. If you enjoy it, there will be plenty more events in the future where you can really see how far you can push it. I've competed in a few events (my last being a couple months ago). I, unlike most of the guys here, actually lift more in a meet than I do in the gym. I think it's a combination with being in my comfort zone and not having my nerves effect me, along with the increase in adrenaline.

    If you're current total is 1,150 lbs., then you have a long way to go to reach 1,400. Just keep lifting heavy and, before you know, it you'll surpass that 1,400. It's a marathon, not a sprint. I also agree with the others in that you should focus on your own PR's rather than beating the others in your weight class. As long as you have the mind set of being better than you were yesterday, your numbers will continue to climb, and winning your division will be more like a by-product of your successful broken PR's.

    Best wishes in your future competitions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by musclestack View Post
    Agree that you should open light, especially since it's your first meet. You're probably going to be nervous so pick weights for your first attempt that you know you can handle no problem. Use this first meet as a learning experience, and just go have fun. If you enjoy it, there will be plenty more events in the future where you can really see how far you can push it. I've competed in a few events (my last being a couple months ago). I, unlike most of the guys here, actually lift more in a meet than I do in the gym. I think it's a combination with being in my comfort zone and not having my nerves effect me, along with the increase in adrenaline.

    If you're current total is 1,150 lbs., then you have a long way to go to reach 1,400. Just keep lifting heavy and, before you know, it you'll surpass that 1,400. It's a marathon, not a sprint. I also agree with the others in that you should focus on your own PR's rather than beating the others in your weight class. As long as you have the mind set of being better than you were yesterday, your numbers will continue to climb, and winning your division will be more like a by-product of your successful broken PR's.

    Best wishes in your future competitions!
    I’ll echo this, my first ever meet I was so nervous that my warmup on bench felt heavy and my pecs and arms felt like they wouldn’t move. Same when it came to squats. I just wanted to do good and impress everyone with my lifts. I didn’t end up doing terrible but, my nerves held be back quite a bit. Same way when I switched to body building. My first show I couldn’t hit a pose to save my life.

    Get a couple small ones out of the way and you will find a groove in short order. As someone said above, there is no better feeling than hitting a lift at a meet. Even if it’s the lightest there, it’s just awesome.

    Shit I might try one again now, I’m all pumped up
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    Quote Originally Posted by MuscleScience View Post
    I’ll echo this, my first ever meet I was so nervous that my warmup on bench felt heavy and my pecs and arms felt like they wouldn’t move. Same when it came to squats. I just wanted to do good and impress everyone with my lifts. I didn’t end up doing terrible but, my nerves held be back quite a bit. Same way when I switched to body building. My first show I couldn’t hit a pose to save my life.

    Get a couple small ones out of the way and you will find a groove in short order. As someone said above, there is no better feeling than hitting a lift at a meet. Even if it’s the lightest there, it’s just awesome.

    Shit I might try one again now, I’m all pumped up
    Shit’s making me want to do one as well.

    Gotta stay focused on dat Strongman general training though.

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    Had my first meet this weekend. Got buried on my opening squat.

    Not because it was too heavy. . Nah. I can grind out a triple. . It was nerves. My very first time lifting with 100s of people watching me, and only me.

    Came back though, shook the nerves and ended up 8/9 with a deadlift pr.

    My advice, don't go to your first meet expecting to compete. I was one of the lightest squatters and dl'ers in my flight, but the atmosphere was awesome. The other guys in the flight helped drive the lifts. It's hard to explain.

    Enter the meet. Learn. ask questions. Keep in mind that nobody knows everything, and you'll continue to learn and grow

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    Most (legit) federations should have a site where you can see the records;

    USPA & IPL Records

    As said above, you're first meet should just be about fun and experience, and PR's. There's lots of things different in meets than gym lifting, the atmosphere, real judges instead of your bros, pace/tempo, you could be there a few hours or all day, etc......

    The only thing I'd really add that hasn't been mentioned is find a good coach/handler to help you.

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    Hey bro. Did you do the show?
    Who gives a shit if you’re competitive at your FIRST show? Sounds like you have some great starting strength. The goal is to get the most out of YOU. Ensure you have a COACH. I’ve been to WORLD SHOWS seeing lifters without a coach. What does a good coach do?
    1. Ensures you only leave your chair to warmup or lift etc. HE gets you Gatorade. Your gymbag.

    2. It’s HIS responsibility to have a clipboard with every lifter in your class
    attempts. Do you have any idea how many times I’ve seen people rushed by scorekeepers to turn their next attempt when the lifter BEFORE has not? What an advantage. He picks your attempts and turns them in. That’s his JOB

    3. He times your warmups by staying in close touch with the scorers table.
    75% OF LIFTERS WARMUP WAY TOO EARLY AND EVEN MORE TOO HEAVY!
    He loads ALL your warmups. You are not to pick up a plate! HE tells everyone when it’s your turn. Let’s say your 5th in flight 2. The director said they are going from one flight to the next. In this case. Your last warmup. Should be around when the second to the last lifter walks on the platform. Within 4 minutes flights over. Your in the wings after the FIRST lifter of your flight. After your warmup your coach should ALREADY have an area near the ramp for you to sit. Chalk. Knee wraps wrapped (4 pairs). Wrist wraps laid out. Chalk. Salts. Music. Gatorade. You sit down. He serves your knees. Now when it’s his turn you’ll do the same

    4. As for score. NO WORRIES !
    If you’re coach finds you top 5 subtotal he SHOULD start playing strategy.

    You should be able to do FOUR reps with your DL opener. If it’s. Say?
    Ten pounds from the highest
    opener and your pull cycle went easy he needs to decide if he should change yours up 15. THEN COACH PAYS CLOSE ATTENTION TO HIS OPENER
    AND YOURS. IF YOURS IS EASIER YOUR SET. SO UP AT THE SCORERS TABLE COACH MUST ENSURE HE TURNS HIS ATTEMPT IN FIRST! ALSO KEEPING TRACK OF THE REST. IF YOU’RE SECOND KEEPS YOU IN FIRST PLACE SAME THING. ENSURE YOU TURN IN LAST. REMEMBER YOU CAN CHANGE ONLY YOUR LAST DL. ONCE. SOLETS SAY YOUR HEAVIER. YOU MUST WIN NOT TIE. SO JUST ENSURE ONCE HE TURNS IN HIS FINAL HE DOES NOT CHANGE IT!!

    Bro you need to lift at 198 unless I’m missing something?

    Get a good coach and all the friends you can. It’s YOUR day. Tell them. When it’s their turn you’ll do the same.

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