Hey everyone! My name is Wendy and I am brand new to posting! I have been lurking a little but mostly reading some articles recently. I have been working out for about 3 years and have competed in 2 fitness competitions and decided to try out powerlifting! (wow, i am sounding like such a cheerleader right now,shit.)
Anyways, after my show in August I started training for a meet here in dallas, the AAPF/APF Texas Cup. Im a trainer so I am pretty aware of training for strength but I have never lifted THIS heavy. My starting maxes were squat: 235, deadlift: 245, and bench 135. Here are my meet results:
The whole experience was crazy. I had never lifted out of a monolift nor had I ever squatted by command before. I missed my first attempt because the bar was slightly off center and I think I was just really nervous. Oh and I had asked for 270. They loaded the bar heavier but I didnt realize it. Luckily, after my 2nd attempt, which was way easier than it should have been, I had a good lift. Then I think I picked 290ish. I cant really remember.
Dont even get me started on my bench press. This was my weakest area (duh.) starting off in the beginning of my training because I hadnt done chest once during my fitness comp prep except for my one armed pushups so I had gone 3 months with out a chest workout. Also, remember the absolutely horrible resource I spoke of?
Yeah, he was training me on bench. He was having me doing only partials, CRAZY FUCKING HEAVY partials, huge negatives and rarely a full rep. I ended up losing muscle to the point. When I went to do a a heavy single full rep I could barely, I mean I had to fight for my life to lift 125. This was over a month and a half into training.
I thought maybe I was tired, so I tried it a week later, well rested, well fed, tons of energy. Still, barely budged it. I have never felt what is was like to be overtrained until then. So, I took over my bench training and I was able to raise it back around 135. I was so angry.
Then, at the meet, again, having never been trained for a powerlifting meet I didnt know that once you are handed the bar you are free to press when ready. I opened with 132.2 (probably a little over zealous but I know I couldve gotten it) and I was just chillin there. Laying in the bench, weight in my arms, waiting for a command that wasnt coming.
I even looked back at the judge while my arms were straight in the air holding the weight. That’s when he told me i could go when I was ready. So, I brought it down, and i anticipated the press command too quickly and did a little mini press and brought it back down to wait but they saw it as a failed attempt so they lifted it off of me.
I was so pissed and thrown off because I know I couldve gotten it even after the mini press, or i sure as shit wanted to try! Anyways, I missed the other 2 attempts so I didnt get a total for the meet.
I still did the deadlift and I opened with 308 and got it on my first try. Then I tried 314 and missed both times. Which disappointed me because I had pulled 315a couple times a few weeks earlier. I definitely learned A LOT!
I guess Im curious to know how these weights compare to others in my weight class who lift raw and in the AAPF. I was the only one in mine. All of the other females in the AAPF were in equipment and the other was in the 148 weight class and in the APF.
Any information, training tips, hints please feel free to chime in! I am brand spanking new and love to learn!