I've trained for quite a while, but more in a bodybuilding fashion. I've always loved strength training and now I am focussing solely on that.
Since the end of January I've been on a cut, jut to get rid of some fat.
I weigh 77.5kg and I'm going to try to get down to 75kg to go into that weight category. The competition I want to do is in August.
I plan to finish my cut over the next 5 weeks, and then have 12-13 weeks where my calories will be a tiny bit above maintenance and I will really try to increase strength.
I'm also having coaching by a very successful powerlifter, this is as part of a group to help improve technique in the 3 lifts.
My worries are that:
I don't know how much I can improve in 12 weeks
I don't want to embarass myself as I know I'm very weak compared to others
I don't know what programme to use... I've looked at the cube, and looked at west side but neither really seem a good fit for me. At present I am doing a Bench day + accessory lift, Deadlift day + accessory and Squat day. I also do a 4th day where I do shoulders and some extra accessory work on lagging body parts.
I am 31 years old
5ft 7 in height
Bench press max: around 110kg (242 lbs)
Deadlift max: around 170kg (374 lbs)
Squat max: around 150kg (330 lbs)
I don't care much about actually competing or challenging others, I just want to take part. But equally I don't want to feel foolish if I end up last and about 100kg behind my nearest competitor. I'd just feel a bit embarassed especially as everyone knows I'm entering the competition.
Any words of advice, or thoughts on my worries here?