Hey T Nation,
At the ripe old age of 36 I have decided to enter my first power lifting competition in February with USPA in Columbia, SC. I will be entering the Open Raw and my question is about weight category. I have seen different articles on whether or not to cut weight for these meets and the advice seems varied. I am currently 5’11" and weight 235lbs. I am fairly muscular but am considering dropping to the 220lbs class to be more competitive. I am experienced with cutting weight as I use to box regularly and would always cut weight with 6-8 weeks till a fight. Weigh in is the day before in the morning so I have plenty of time to re hydrate and eat again!
I am thinking of dropping to the 220 class instead of competing at the 242lb class due to a friend entering with me that I would have to compete head to head against, also I don’t believe my lifts would be as competitive. I am currently at a 550sq/515dl/375bp and will improve some by competition time.
Any advice on which weight class to enter? Should I keep my size and increase my mass to meet the 242lbs class or cut to hit the 220lb class?