I had a last minute opportunity to participate in my first Powerlifting Meet (The European Armed Forces Meet in Germany) today. I have been lifting hard for 2 years but not specifically for powerlifting (although the squat, bench, and DL are cornerstones to my gym time). I have read a bit about PL here and there on T-Nation and elsewhere, but I did not really know what to expect today.
I was thankful right off the bat that there was an extra wrestling singlet at the gym, I did not know I needed one (like I said, I wasn’t sure what I was getting in to). Of course, I did not have all the lifting gear (bench shirt, knee wraps, etc), but I am happy to report personal bests in the squat and deadlift (265 and 375).
I was disappointed in my bench, my first attempt was too heavy and I learned that you cannot lower your initial lift (live and learn) so I did not have a qualifying bench
I was most impressed with the camaraderie and support among the lifters. Everyone was so helpful and encouraging, from the huge guys putting up big numbers to the first time female lifters (it was cool to see the female lifters hitting their big lifts!)
My first PL meet was a super fun time and I’m definitely going to do more, especially now that I know what to expect and how to better prepare. Everyone starts somewhere. And I’ll definitely be doing my homework now and reading up here to make next time even better!!