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What to expect/do for your first meet!
« on: May 31, 2014, 04:04:48 pm »
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I know this category of the site is pretty much dead, however I wanted to take the time out for anyone looking to do their first meet and do a brief write-up of what to expect and what to bring with you as far as food sources go as your competing!



First off things you will need for the competition:

Singlet (most federations allow basically any singlet long as it doesn't come below knee height)
Under shirt for singlet (some federations require a non-supportive t-shirt under the singlet, some federations don't)
Belt (always recommend a 13mm belt, competition specs state no padding on the inside, and you can compete beltless if you want)
Shoes (I competed in the old school chucks their fairly universal still in powerlifting, but if you want something better grade rogue has a good line of shoes)
Knee Wraps (you have the choice of raw or classic raw, giving you the option of knee sleeves/wraps/wrapless. it depends on the lifters choice.)
Wrist wraps (again lifters choice, I always wear mine when benching above 80%. competition specs don't allow you to keep the thumb loop on)
Deadlift socks (requirement for the deadlift, these can be soccer socks/baseball socks/any socks as long as they come up just below knee height)

These are typically universal rules across the federation board, however when you commit to a meet I would google the rule book for extra security so your better prepared! Also you will need to purchase a membership online from the federation you choose to compete in as well as paying your entry fee for the meet (entry forms are posted several weeks before competition so you can print it off and send your check in) some federations offer memberships in person the day of the meet (I would double check before making it your last option). also If you decide to use knee wraps start casting them when your 3 or 4 lifters out, it takes a minute or two to get them casted and tied off properly so doing this by the time your standing up you should attempt your lift within 30-45 seconds. reason I say this is you only get 1 minute to attempt your lift once the bar is loaded and you chance rushing your wrap and possibly to the point of just squatting without them!!!




Foods I recommend/had to eat during the meet:

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (solid blend of protein and carbs)
Turkey and cheese sandwiches (or any kind of meat you like best)
Trail mix (I love going with a fruit and nut mix)
Whey protein mixed with regular oats (I refer to this as a power shake as it contains a lot of protein and carbs)
Bananas (potassium for the muscles)
1 gallon of water (to stay hydrated)
Half gallon of water mixed with half gallon of Gatorade (perfect ratio for diluting the electrolytes just enough to fuel the muscles but at the same time not cause them to cramp.)

Rule of thumb on the food sources is eat what foods best sit with your digestive track!

also for those curious on a window of time for eating, everyone is paired in separate groups know as "flights" for example I was in flight 3 each flight rotates through all three of their attempts before the next flight is called. (where I was in flight 3 I consumed my food while flight 1 was going through all three of their attempts, total time for each lifter to complete all three attempts in flight 1 took approximately 45 minutes. once flight 2 was called I went back into the warm up room and took my time warming up. so in essence I had 3 large windows during the entire meet to consume food and water before warming up and doing my attempts.)




Picking attempts for your meet:

Opener - I always recommend an opener be a weight you can lift for at least a smooth triple (3 reps). reason I recommend this is all of your lifts are judged and you want to get on the board as well as shake any excess nerves off

2nd attempts - This lift I recommend going with a weight that is around 92.5%/95% of your max, but if your feeling good and confident you can go with something that is just a fuzz shy of a PR.

3rd attempts - This lift determines how well your training has been going, I always recommend a small PR here but if everything has went great on meet day you can attempt a solid PR (15lbs+)


Using myself as an example on how I picked my attempts:

My goal for squat was 500lbs (I squatted 480lbs solid in training)

Opener: 440lbs

2nd attempt: 479lbs

3rd attempt: 507lbs (everything felt great that day so I exceeded my goal and had more in me)


My goal for bench (using a competition pause) was mid 300's even though I'm a high 300 gym bencher:

Opener: 319lbs

2nd attempt: 341lbs

3rd attempt: 363lbs


My goal for deadlift was 530lbs (I pulled 515lbs for a PR a few weeks before the meet)

Opener: 470lbs

2nd attempt: 518lbs

3rd attempt: 532lbs (and had plenty of room for more)




Signals the head judge will give you:

On the squat - once you unrack the bar the head judge will give a "squat" command, when you go to squat make sure you hit proper depth for the lift to pass as well as keeping your body balanced and bar in good position. (any stumbling or bar rolling on your back while squatting will give your lift red lights). once you squat and your standing up the head judge will give a "rack" command.


On the bench - once you receive a hand-out you will wait for the head judge to give a "start" command once that is given you take the bar to your chest with a pause and wait for the head judge to give a "press" command once the weight is locked out wait for the head judge to give a "rack" command


On the deadlift - The only signal the head judge will give her is a "down" command once you lockout your weight. red lights will be given to those who hitch or shake too much during the lift and also make sure you don't just drop the bar in the floor once the down command is given.



I think that pretty much covers it for those who are curious going in to their first meet!!!!!

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Re: What to expect/do for your first meet!
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2014, 04:14:55 pm »
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Man! just reading this is getting me nervous. It must be tense in there.
But it's good to know what to expect. nice one.
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Note for self:
A
>>    Jump Squats
>>    Half Squats
>>    Partials at the bottom: 3-5 x 15 (very controlled)
>>    Calf Raises
>>    RDL
>>
>> B
>>    Jump Squats
>>    Half Squats
>>    Squat singles x 10, reset between reps, just working on hitting
>> depth comfortably with moderate loads
>>    Calf Raises
>>    RDL
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Measuring reminder:
5 toe to heel steps = 148cm
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J_Mckinney08

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Re: What to expect/do for your first meet!
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2014, 06:07:52 pm »
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Man! just reading this is getting me nervous. It must be tense in there.
But it's good to know what to expect. nice one.


Thanks man! it all depends on the person and how you perform in front of a crowd of people. There was approximately 300 people in the convention center spectating both powerlifting and strongman when I competed. thankfully I got over my nerves in warm-ups when I un-racked 420lbs on my last warm-up and squatted it ass to grass making it look like a speed lift rather than a final warm-up lol!

overall the environment was a friendly one, everyone was sharing tips and techniques even helping each other record videos of attempts and even helping wrap each others knee's. and the crowd really gets behind you whether your lifting 75lbs or 1,000lbs! I had no idea how much I loved doing this until I competed, now I'll be competing at least twice a year.

I also forgot to mention anything considered a class II total or above at my meet qualified for nationals, so I qualified for nationals however I don't see myself competing in Vegas anytime soon lmao!!!!!
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Re: What to expect/do for your first meet!
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2014, 12:51:58 pm »
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But it's good to know what to expect.

lolwut???
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Re: What to expect/do for your first meet!
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2014, 03:46:40 pm »
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But it's good to know what to expect.

lolwut???

You never know, i might one day sign up to this lifting competition, even though I would come last place.
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----------------------------------------------------------------
Note for self:
A
>>    Jump Squats
>>    Half Squats
>>    Partials at the bottom: 3-5 x 15 (very controlled)
>>    Calf Raises
>>    RDL
>>
>> B
>>    Jump Squats
>>    Half Squats
>>    Squat singles x 10, reset between reps, just working on hitting
>> depth comfortably with moderate loads
>>    Calf Raises
>>    RDL
-------------------------------------------------------------
Measuring reminder:
5 toe to heel steps = 148cm
------------------------------------------------------------------------

�Strength comes from the legs, Power comes from the torso and Speed comes from the arm.� � Al Vermeil

My Progress Log
A Journey to Running fast and Jumping High