I have been training for 10-11 years now, always with the aim of aesthetics, but have never competed in anything.
Looks like their is a UK South-West regional next April and I’m thinking about entering.
I’m not one to compete for competitions sake, I certainly want to be competitive.
Is 5/3/1, how I’m currently training, suitable / optimal for the run up to a competition.
Is 610kg (my total of PR’s, though not current lifts) a competitive total for a 90kg (198lb) Male.
The weight categories are 83kg, or 93kg. Is it worth my trying to cut 7kg or just over a stone to be more competitve, or will my lifts suffer more than the advantage is worth? It would be a relatively drastic cut, definitely to single digit bf%.
In Beyond 5/3/1 isn’t there a peaking cycle offered? Something like:
"As you can see, the peaking plan is relatively simple and effective. In the first month, the lifter increases specificity by adding some heavy singles using his training max weight after he does his AMRAP sets. In month two, the lifter starts using his training max weight as the AMRAP set. In month three, you cut out all AMRAP sets and add an additional super heavy single.
During the last month, by eliminating the AMRAP sets, you allow for an extended “recovery” period where fatigue dissipates. By still including the ultra heavy single, you prevent detraining and encourage further acclimation to heavy weights. In Week 11, where even all the assistance is cut out, you ensure full recovery going into Meet Week.
Overall, this is a solid peaking option for the lifter who is using 5/3/1."
Its a decent total but nothing special in the 93s. Dudes like Tom Martin, with years/decades of lifting and drug use, have cut down from well over 100kgs to set records. You won’t break any British records unless you’re a junior.
Google “PowerLiftingToWin Nutrition” and read/watch everything.
TLDR/W you want to have as much muscle as possible, while not being so lean performance suffers, within a certain weight class to be as competitive as possible. This is in the long term tho and over time you build and recomposition into a weight class