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First Meet Experience

Thought this would be a good way of introducing myself since I’ve been lurking these boards for the past year. I just competed in my first meet today and had the time of my life, I’m officially hooked! Everyone was very helpful and friendly. I’ve been lifting weights for many years but started “training” about 6 months now. I’ve been using 5/3/1 and have seen some great results so far.

I weighed in at 190 (didn’t cut weight at all) and didn’t come anywhere close to comparing with the other lifters but had a great experience. Just wanted to stop by and say what’s up and will definitely continue to train.

Bench- 275
Squat- 365
Dead- 475
Total- 1,115

Congrats on becoming a “competitive powerlifter” That’s a great total for your first meet. Do 5/3/1 again and base your working numbers on 90% of your meet results. Don’t compare yourself to other lifters…compare yourself to your previous results.

congratulations on doing your first meet man. its a great experience. hopefully it will be a motivational boost for training and future meets

any of those lifts personal records?

that’s awesome.
keep up the good work

Did you hit all 9 lifts? Good total too for first time and only training 6 months.

[quote]HARA wrote:
Congrats on becoming a “competitive powerlifter” That’s a great total for your first meet. Do 5/3/1 again and base your working numbers on 90% of your meet results. Don’t compare yourself to other lifters…compare yourself to your previous results.[/quote]
Thanks for the advice, I will definitely start 5/3/1 with my new numbers.

[quote]curnzy wrote:
congratulations on doing your first meet man. its a great experience. hopefully it will be a motivational boost for training and future meets

any of those lifts personal records?[/quote]
Thanks man. I pr’d my squat by 20 pounds, and tied my pr for the pull on my third attempt but wish I had gone a little higher since the weight seemed to come up pretty easy.

[quote]cparker wrote:
Did you hit all 9 lifts? Good total too for first time and only training 6 months.[/quote]

Squat-
275- good
315- good
365- good (pr)

Bench-
225- good
265- fail I pressed off my chest before waiting for the command.
275- good

Deadlift-
385- good
455- fail I didn’t wait for the command to drop
475- good ( tied pr)

I followed the advice from a article I read on here and started out very modest. Thanks for the kind words everyone.