Hey there. I’m new to lifting and only have a 900lb total (at 185 or so lbs) and 25 years of age, but I wouldn’t mind competing in some local competitions before I’m ready strength wise to do okay. I figure it could give me some experience/knowledge I won’t get from merely training in the gym. I realize I’ll probably get last place, but my ego isn’t so big that’s much of a deal.
But I’m very ignorant about powerlifting federations and how to find competitions. Does one need to be a member of a powerlifting federation to enter any competitions? Or is there local competitions around that aren’t run by larger federations? I obviously don’t want to travel beyond driving distance for a competition, so if I have to join a fed to enter anything, I guess I want to know who has a large presence in southern california, so I’d have a lot of options.
Also, I don’t train with any lifting gear (no knee wraps, straps, lifting suits/shirts, etc). Once in a blue moon, I’ll put a belt on if I’m unsure of a given weight, but I generally dont’ bother. Not that I would wear much lifting gear at my strength level since it would be kinda silly. But i guess I’d prefer something where that is limited, so I would be at less of a disadvantage.
Also, something with a novice division would be great because I definitely am that!
Any help would be greatly appreciated as I’m quite confused right now.