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1200 Total for the 198 Class (beginner)


#1

I'm somewhat new to powerlifting (6-12 months) and was wondering how these lifts would stack up in a PL competition. I was also curious as to what (in your opinion) would be my strongest/weakest lifts! Any and all feedback would be appreciated!

Squat: 425
Bench Pres: 300
Deadlift: 475


#2

[quote]JackMulkey94k wrote:
I’m somewhat new to powerlifting (6-12 months) and was wondering how these lifts would stack up in a PL competition. I was also curious as to what (in your opinion) would be my strongest/weakest lifts! Any and all feedback would be appreciated!

Squat: 425
Bench Pres: 300
Deadlift: 475[/quote]

Like in any competition, that depends on who is there.

For what its worth, squat and DL are very close to my first competition third attempts; bench is higher by about 50 lbs than my current max, all in the 198s. Certainly strong enough to get up on the platform and pretty decent for a first meet all things considered. I know of guys who’ve put up more at that weight for a first meet and who’ve put up less too. It doesn’t matter. The main thing is going out there and doing it. It’s a blast.

As to which seems to be your strongest lift, they seem very balanced. Certainly way more balanced than mine (currently 474/250/529 at about 205). Do you squat wrapped or unwrapped? If unwrapped, I’d say your squat may be your strongest, or your bench. Also, what were they 6/12 months ago? IMO your strongest would probably progress the fastest at first.


#3

You’re not likely to win or anything, but those are respectable lifts. I’ve seen much, much worse, from higher weight classes. I don’t think any of the lifts are really out of balance, so to speak. You clearly train them all. And it doesn’t matter where your pounds come from. A total is a total. Every pound on every lift counts.

Do a meet!!!


#4

Thanks for the info! To answer your question, I squat unwrapped and my squat has increased quite rapidly compared to my deadlift and bench. However, I feel that this is also because I have recently become interested in Olympic Lifting and prioritized squats (85%+ loads 5x a week) over bench (reduced to 1x a week) and deadlift (maybe 1x every 2-3 weeks due to frequency of pulling in oly lifts).


#5

Those numbers are a lot better than my lifts were. My first full meet my 3rd attempts were 370/255/415. I was also 17 at the time and weighed in at 230. Go for it. You won’t regret it!