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Plan Going Into First Meet


Hey guys! I’ve signed up for my first powerlifting meet, and I’m feeling good. However, I am unsure what do to going into the meet. I have been on CT’s 915 program and I like it, it will finish up with 6 weeks until the meet though. What should I do in these 6 weeks? I plan on deloading the week before the meet, and reducing volume and intensity 2 weeks out. What should I do in those other weeks? Should I freestyle it? Thanks!


Best of luck man! You’re about to have a life-changing moment. With 6 weeks, check out Candito’s 6-week meet peaking program. Its a solid program and a pretty simple way to get familiar with peaking for a meet.


Use it as a learning experience and enjoy it. Aim to hit 9 lifts and make sure you pick an opener you could lift if you had a kick to the nuts delivered to you as you were walking to the platform.

Do you think that’s a good approach for taking lessons from?


Max and tsantos pretty much nailed it. The first meet is a learning experience and nothing more. Go there, have fun, aim to hit all your 9 lifts, check the rules of that federation in advance and you’re golden. Candito’s 6 week program is a great way to prepare. Never go freestyle before a meet unless you really know what you are doing.

Edit: Forgot to mention this: train paused bench press for the entirety of the next 6 weeks. I made the mistake of not doing it in my first meet and my bench sucked donkey dong then.


Appreciate the response, thanks! (also, was not planning on freestyling, that was rhetorical)


Thanks max! I’m excited for it, I’ll take a look at Candito’s program!


Thanks Furius, I’ll definitely take your advice! Also, my apologies for putting so many replies, I didn’t think about that.


Its been said already but I’ll say it again make your openers something you know for a fact you can hit. I always see bombs and people only hitting there openers.


Squat - take your best triple, subtract 20 lbs and that’s your opener.
Bench - If you haven’t been pausing use your 5RM. You can always go up.
Deadlift - Best set of 3-5 for your opener depending how you feel. You don’t train all three lifts every day right?

Goals for a meet go in this order

  1. Stay in the meet
  2. Place
  3. Win

Since this is your cherry as long as you don’t bomb its a success and you will have a reference point to build on.

Good luck