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6 Weeks Out from 1st Meet


#1

So I'm hoping to compete in my 1st meet in december. Ill be competing at 198 and raw jr. I've got pretty decent numbers and i know guys say not to get to wrapped up in your first meet but i can't help but have goals. I'm extremely anxious about all of it and my program seems to be stalling. Im worried that i may actually be losing strength.

I use 5/3/1 currently. At 6 weeks out whats some good advice? should i try to peak my lifts with a more traditional powerlifting set up? I know people say don't change anything before the meet but I'm kind of freaking out.
ANY good advice about meet prep/meet day from experienced lifters would be appreciated


#2

would anyone recommend smolov jr for bench/squat


#3

would anyone recommend smolov jr for bench/squat?


#4

Never competed, but I used Smolov Jr for bench last year. Worked like a charm (+15kg). Despite being advised against it, I did all my regular lifting while on the program (yes, I am stubborn), where I also got a 10kg p.r. in deadlift. Shoulders did feel tight toward the end though, despite thorough warm-ups and stretching.


#5

I've heard about people having success using johnnie candito's 6 week strength program to peak for a meet. I believe it's free on candito's website, I'd suggest at least looking it up and seeing if it's something you think would work for you.


#6

If your running 531 then stick with it. Jim has something to peak while on 531 and i think its 6 weeks. I don't know where to find it though just search around


#7

thanks for the replies guys

also i might add that I'm more of an intermediate lifter despite not having meet experience. Im expecting to total a minimum of 1400


#8

1400 raw jr @ 198? Sounds nice, how old are you? Keep us posted on the meet results.


#9

1400 is great. Does that get you above Class 1 and into Masters or Elite in the federation you are competing in?

I'm just shooting for a Class 1 Total at 198, age 46.


#10

A 1455 total at 198 qualifies for Raw Unity Powerlifting competition, which is definitely a "no scrubs" competition. It also gets you on the current powerliftingwatch.com top 50 totals. It won't win at the national/world level, but it will at the local/state level. It is a competitive total.

If competing at this meet -- http://www.usapowerlifting.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/2013USAPLAmericanOpen.OfficialResults.pdf -- 1400lb (~636kg )would be 4th place in the mens open raw 198lb (90kg) division.


#11

Actually I'm pretty sure that's the number for the 181's, the 198ers have to total 1559


#12

Yes, you're correct.


#13

1400 at 198 is still very good tho! Just not quite that good, RUM is pretty elite


#14

Drop the volume. Start focusing more on sub max singles and moving them quickly before a meet. 4 weeks should be plenty of time to practice how you play.


#15

Though your apprehensive your going to have to go through a few meets to see what works for peaking and what works for your mainstay routine...typically before a meet you reduce volume, cut all or most assistance, stress total recuperation before workouts, lower reps with heavier weights and a watch your form to adhere to your PL fed standard.


#16

Aloha,

Along with a few other lifters and myself, we had and continue to have, a ton of success with Coach Thibaudeau's Layering System. Here is a link to the program layout he gave me when I first starting competing. You might try four weeks on it. If you read through the log you will find a schedule to follow leading up to the day of the meet. Best of luck to you on your first meet. You're going to absolutely LOVE it.

http://tnation.T-Nation.com/free_online_forum/sports_body_training_performance_bodybuilding_thibaudeau/layering_system_and_power_lifting