Weight: ~200 lbs. (I am looking to stay w/in 198 lbs. weight class)
A little info:
I started training last October with the goal of adding mass. I was 145 lbs. then. I did not have the flexibility to properly perform squats or deadlifts. Essentially I went from the bar to my current weights on these two movements.
I added a significant amount of mass in a short time (~55 lbs.) and fell in love with the powerlifts. I researched meets and have one scheduled for May 24th.
I train with a strength coach. He encouraged me to explore the sport (a lot of my PRs are set with him, since he knows how to push me and give me a feeling of security while I’m under 2.5x my bodyweight).
Squat: 500 x 5
Bench: 275 x 2
Deadlift: 405 x 4
Goals for May 24th Meet
- Bench 315 raw
- Deadlift 450
- Master the squat suit (bench shirt brought me to 335 lbs; in my suit I have not even been able to approach my raw max)
- GRIP STRENGTH
About possible imbalances: I guess I’m one of those people who can squat more than deadlift. My bench is weak, I think, in comparison to the other lifts. I am training it more thoroughly, as my previous attitude towards it (boring lift) limited me. Should I add board/floor presses??
I am entirely open to suggestions from the powerlifting crowd here. I am always trying to figure out the optimal routine for my body and need all the pointers I can get. And if it helps me prepare for my meet, I’ll… well, that’s negotiable.