The title’s pretty self explanatory, but I have a few specific questions, most of which are pretty basic.
I’m preparing for the Powerlifting meet (ISA/ISAA) at the Dallas Europa convention May 10th. I’ve never competed, or even been to a meet, so any advice is welcome here.
Background: 30 years old, lifting on and off for 10 years.
My training log has some info on current/past lifts, but here’s where I believe I am right now:
280 bench press
Not sure if those are perfectly accurate, but they should be close enough for this this thread.
Where do I get a singlet? This is probably the question that makes me feel the dumbest, but I have to ask it. I’m clueless. And how do I size it?
My morning weight right now is low 170’s. Probably about 172. I’m 5’10. I feel like the weight class I should shoot for is 165. Weigh in is the day before, so a 5-8 lb water cut seems totally reasonable, even for someone who’s never done it before. But I’d like to hear opinions on this.
How do I determine my first attempts? I was thinking something along the lines of: 260 bench press, 470 deadlift, 370 squat. I still have a month to train, so I feel like all these numbers should be sure things. Where do I go from there?
What should I do in terms of training in the week leading up to the meet? Should I change anything? Lower volume, lighter weights, take the week off? I’ve heard all of the above suggested before.
I’m competing in the drug tested division. The entry form doesn’t indicate what is tested for, but I’m assuming it’s just steroids. I can’t find any information about their testing on the internet. I’m lifetime natural, so I’m assuming I won’t have an issue here, but is there anything I should avoid that could signal a false positive? I know this question is reaching/difficult to answer, but I thought I’d ask anyway.
I plan to post at least 1 video of each of my lifts. That way you guys can let me know if any of my lifts would get flagged. I’ve started squatting without a mirror, so I don’t really know how I’m doing on depth.
Also, if anyone has a good link to a previous thread or article on this topic, that would be useful as well.
Thanks in advance!