I know it has been almost a week since my last post and I have been called out several times by my friends, clients and readers. I actually had all intention of posting up the video from my first powerlifting meet that I competed in on Saturday but to be honest I was completely drained all day Sunday and took a “me” day.
But lets rewind to a month and a half before the meet when I came down with a nasty stomach bug that totally fudged with my diet and training. If you know anything about me, my two favorite things besides Wayne’s World 1 and 2 are eating and training. Take those away and Steve goes something something.
But I fought through it and although I lost 10lbs bodyweight and pounds off of all my lifts I pressed forward. I set my goal to accomplish my first meet and I wasn’t about to back out because all I could keep down was bananas, rice, and applesauce.
So I continued to train hard leading up to two weeks prior to the meet as was suggested to me by Eric Cressey. He pulls 650lbs at a bodyweight of 175 and I planned on pulling in the 400s at a bodyweight of 183 so his advice was warmly welcomed.
Those two weeks were torture since I had no idea where my numbers would be when it was go time. But I took the advice to heart and cut all training and just consumed mass amounts of burritos and beef stew. It wasn’t all that bad.
I stayed in the night before and got a good night’s sleep so I walked in feeling fresh and ready to compete. My lifts weren’t where I hoped they would be when I began training but this was more of a learning experience than anything.
Here are some of the highlights (and lowlights) of the lifts:
- I felt great squatting considering it is not a lift I usually train but I wanted the whole experience so I went for it. I maxed at 142.5kg (313.5lbs) but was called out by the judges since I could have smoked about 40 more pounds. Next time.
- My bench was all but perfect since I decided to go without a lift off for my first bench and had trouble getting it out of the rack. The lift was uneven and called a missed attempt. My second attempt I went with the liftoff and nailed 122.5kg (269.5lbs) and I nailed it. I missed at 127.5kg (280.5lbs) which was a surprise since it was lighter than my training weight.
- The hit all 3 deadlifts and finished with 185kg (407lbs) and still felt like I had plenty more in the tank.
Here is the video of all my lifts:
Things to improve on:
- Besides the fact that I don’t do enough squat training, the one thing I noticed in the video is that I squat to far below parallel for powerlifting. I still have the deep squat of an olympic lifter. I get low. This isn’t a bad thing in general but I will lose some strength in this sport.
- Now that I have competed and know how the lifts are expected to be executed I will know how to train better for the bench. My lift wasn’t as controlled as I would have liked it in the pause which made it hard to press it back up. I think the judges wait to tell you to press until it is resting as well which may have been an issue. Not to mention my ass came up.
- My deadlift was so-so and I think it was just nerves but I sat in the hole for longer than it felt like and I took an extra breath after setting. My approach was all off which didn’t affect my lifts this time but I should be able to pull much higher weights.
- These are the reasons that taking video is a great idea. I didn’t have a coach so being able to see my lifts and what I can improve is going to go a long way for my next meet.
- Strength is relative to training and practice. There were guys that were in their 80’s that were pulling upwards 300lbs which blew my mind. I’m sure they trained hard. There was also a girl on the MIT lifting team who was under 100lbs pulling 300. Truly amazing.
- The best lift of the day was owned by a 179lb guy on the MIT lifting team who pulled 280kg (616lbs.). It was unbelievable since he pulled more than anyone else at the meet, including the heavy guys. He followed 5-3-1 which will be my next program before I compete again.
- One of my clients came to scope out the masters division since he will be competing in the fall. If you are reading this, yes, you are competing in the fall.
- Lindsay also came to cheer me on and had fun snapping the back of my singlet. She thinks she is funny but I disagree. Either way, she cheered louder than anyone in the crowd when I was lifting things up and putting them down.
- Everyone at the meet was extremely friendly and easy going and more than willing to give advice.
- I look damn sexy in a singlet and knee socks. Just sayin’.
Thanks to everyone who gave support along the way and wished me luck prior to the meet. A special thanks to Bob, Lindsay, Nick, and Andrew for coming out to cheer me on.
I plan to compete again this November-ish and completely annihilate my numbers and set some high pr’s. Badass.