Had my first meet today and met a bunch of great people. There were guys squatting and deadlifting 700+ and a 83yr old woman that deadlifted 170. Went 419/x/501.5 @ 220 jr./raw USAPL. I had a great time even though I bombed (one more reason for me to hate bench press).
I thought the second bench attempt looked clean in the video, as did the head judge for the event, but it doesn't really matter. This is the first time I've seen my lifting on video so it will greatly help my lifts in the future.
If anyone has any comments or suggestions about technique and training (aside from don't squat so low, don't let my knees fall in, don't round my back on deadlift, and get my hips down farther before I pull, I figured those things out on my own) I'd love to hear them.
DISCLAIMER- THE CAMERA WORK IS TERRIBLE
2nd squat attempt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGor7-_hLo8
- My knees have been falling inward the last couple weeks, but I figured I'd wait until after the meet to work on that
3rd squat attempt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZbUjLdqbBw
- I thought the depth on the last one was iffy (I didn't see the video until after) so I went deeper, I think when my legs hit my chest that should have been my cue to stop going down. I just got a pair of weightlifting shoes, they have really helped my squat, but my depth perception has gone out the window.
2nd bench attempt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS41eU0N69g
- I thought this was a good lift, my weight on my hips came off when I started to drive, but I made sure to keep contact between my butt and the bench.
I wanted a 1200 total so I jumped to 280 (I hit 290 in the gym two weeks ago), but I had to adjust my setup after the weight was unracked and I lost my tightness. The bar fell out of the grove and I touched 2 inches higher than normal. At that point I don't think I could have pressed any more than 225.
2nd deadlift attempt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2S9Ernjie8
501.5 This was a 6.5 pound PR for me even with the horrendous form.
3rd deadlift attempt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO2gCUT95jk
Tried 523 and missed, but if I'd have gotten my hips down I'd have gotten it. It made it about 3-4 inches off the floor which is the highest I have ever failed on a deadlift. I've probably only pulled 7 or 8 times since March, so this should be the easiest lift for me to improve on is the next few months
If anyone has any advice for setting up on bench, especially for a tall guy that likes a big arch, I'd like to hear it...