Hi smokotime. Thanks for your input.
I am in Sydney and if things run the same in 09 as they did this year there should be a Sydney Open sometime in February. I would compete sooner but I will be potentially away for the second half of the year so my schedule is really not known at the moment. Basically I want to compete fairly soon so I can get a feel for it.
You may not be able to see it but on the deadlift my overhand grip on my left is struggling at lockout and admittedly I didn’t feel the lockout was complete. I previously thought it was purely a grip strength + hip extension issue and have never looked at the knees. Thanks for pointing it out. I have always pulled somewhat stiff-legged because I feel stronger with the hips a tad higher - is this a problem?
Prior to this I had only trained the deadlift heavy twice in the last 5 months so I was somewhat surprised at even getting to 170.
How much further would legal depth be on the squat based on your experience at comps?
Your lifts are very impressive! It is actually really cool to see a fellow Aussie lifter!
With the squat, I can’t really say from the angle. You seem to be around parallel, and if you were not drifting your knees as much it’d be a lot closer. Hips high in the deadlift is not necessarily a problem, so long as your leverage and ab strength is good.
If you have access to a car, basically every 2 months there is a competition near Newcastle, or in Sydney. Next one is the Nationals though, so theres the whole qualifying total thing. Drop me a PM, let me know your situation vis-a-vis transport and your area as either myself or some of the other Sydney lifters might be close by. Just getting a couple of pointers and knowing what you need to be competitive in your class helps a hell of a lot!