From sedentary, 25 years removed from gym to starting powerlifting April 2014. I'm 46, 5'9".
I've gone from:
weight 174 to 200
sq 280 to 385
bch 185 to 260
dead 285 to 475
I'm happy with my progress and believe that today I have a 500 deadlift in me based on the speed of my 475 pull in my first meet, and my coach says I should exceed 560 this year.
Despite solid strength and size gains over the past 10 months, after pulling together all the data, it looks like my performance is really inconsistent. Like, I'll hit a solid 3RM on squats, only to lose ground and then match that same 3RM 2 months later.
I know we all have bad days, but looking at all the ups and downs in day to day actual performance, is that normal?
FWIW, I'm being coached in the Westside tradition. Lots of accommodating resistance through bands and chains, box squats, etc.