So I’ve decided to compete in a power-lifting meet Q1 next year, probably March. Joined up to the ABPU (Amateur British Powerlifting Union), the tested division.
On advice from @khangles I immersed myself in PowerliftingToWIn. Awesome content. Read the entirity of PowerLiftingtoWIn Programming, PowerLiftingtoWIn Nutrition and a load of program reviews and have, as of yesterday, started using the PNP autoregulated training system, which seems significantly more specific for my goals.
Short term plan is to use the PNP program for a few weeks to find my feet before progressing to the PIP intermediate program.
Yesterday was the first time I’ve squatted in probably 2-3 years, so while I wasn’t ecstatic about the numbers, I wasn’t too disappointed either, If I can squat 200+ by March, which feels doable, I’ll be very happy and confident of putting up a decent starting total, I’d be dissapointed if I total less than 600.
My goal is also to compete in the 82.5kg class, which means losing a bit of weight over the next few months, but from recent experience I can drop at least half a stone of scale weight with a few days of low carb.
Biggest issues at the moment:
1 - grip strength at the end of a workout sucks, but I have pulled 257.5kg without straps so I know the grip is there. Doesn’t help that my gym doesn’t allow chalk but something Ill have to focus on.
2 - I can’t arch for shit, not sure how long it take to work on that so might just live with my current bench style in the short term.
3 - Squat feels super uncomfortable.