I have my first PL meet next week (10/29).
I’m wondering how I should approach diet/training for this week. My gym (it is a small lifting gym) told me to not touch weights for a week and just rest. I’m a little bit uncomfortable with that, but decided to listen and won’t hit the gym for the week.
Thoughts/experience on what to do the week before the meet? Would love to hear anyone’s advice and opinions.
If you want to read my mind trying to work itself around the planning, read below.
I figured it would be better to do light sets (50-60% 1RM) and keep training a little. I feel like anytime I have taken a week or two weeks off my first day of training is always rough. Admittedly, I may have not eaten or slept optimally during those times and that could have influenced it, but I still am feeling a little uncomfortable with lifting abstinence for a week.
I’m trying to enter into the 74kg class. Today and a couple days ago I weighed exactly 74kg in the gym. I’m trying for 150kg on the squat, 97.5kg bench, and 140+kg deadlift (yes my DL licks pig balls). Nothing elite wise, but not bad for belt-only 73-74kg at 178 cm (5’11).
I DO have weights and a barbell in my room so I could lift in my off time. The past couple weeks I’ve also started doing lots of push ups and pull ups, so I’ve considered just doing many of those throughout the day (without taking myself to failure or fatiguing myself) and maybe doing some light jogging or walking for exercising my legs.
Diet wise, I’m pretty confident in hitting my class so I’m not too worried about cutting. I did read about drinking two gallons of water everyday, then 12 hours before weigh-in cut the water and you should be lighter. I would like some extra-insurance for the weigh-in, but I want it to be effective and safe (little risk of losing strength). If anyone has some advice for this I’d also appreciate it.
Thanks if you’ve read all my nonsense! I’m just pretty much pumped up for this. I had a REALLY good day in the gym today and just can’t wait to destroy that barbell a week later.