Might be a stupid question, but thought I could post it to see if anyone with a little more experience could give me a sense of direction.
Im 7 weeks out from my first national raw powerlifting meet. Everything is going well and I have just started my peaking phase. Over the course of 14 weeks I have dropped 17 lbs to have a better chance of end up in the top 3. Strength have not dropped at all.
I suck at benching where Im aiming somewhere arund the 300’s. And my deadlift is my main lift where Im gonna try to break the national record with a lift somewhere around 600-610 lbs.
The squat is whats bothering me. Im aiming to get a number between 450 and 475 coming meet time. I recently did 375 for 8 reps without a belt and yesterday I did 360 for 10 reps with a belt easy.
Now to my question: as soon as the weights increase for my squat, the speed rapidly decreases. Anything over 410 and the speed is slow, so even tough my estimated 1Rm should be at least 460, I highly doubt it. Especially from what my three singles @ 420 looked like 2 weeks ago, before peaking. Sure I was pretty broken down from all the training leading in to the peaking, but still…
Im thinking of doing reverse band squats or 10 second walkouts as my main accessory lifts. Do you think it could help my problem? Or am I just burning myself out doing them so Close to the meet?
Btw, my squat max is 440 with a bw below 170, but I have done 465 as my all-time best (with a bw of 195 though).
Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.