I used to cut weight just to be “more competitive”. Then I figured out a few things. Unless you’re chasing a record (and I don’t count juniors, teens over 16, submasters, any masters under 60, or police and fire as anything other than men’s open) then no one cares. Besides for every weight class above 198 or 220, the same general patterns of strength emerge. Doesn’t matter if you’re 240 or 320, the number are mostly the same. A 275/308 is a tall 242 and a SHW is a fat 308/275. I haevn’t cut weight in 3 years. It rocks.
Warm up now and get the folks in your rack to hurry the fuck up. Look, if warmed up going 145, 255, 395, 545, 685, 725 and there’s 30 minutes between 725 and your 804 opener, you won’t get “cold”. But if you had to go 145, 255, 545, 725 and there’s 10 minutes between 725 and your opener, that sucks. Peopel are bad about this shit at meets and sometimes you have to be a dick about it and just skip folks and get your weight in. I don’t mind waiting for a dude to get his knees wrapped but folks will fuck around forever in the warm up room soemtimes and that can fuck you up if you let it.
Spot the other guys on your rack/bench in the warm up room and demand they spot you back. You’ve come to far to get hurt on a warm up weight.
Deadlift warm-ups are overrated (at full meets). If you squatted and benched already, you’re pretty “warm”. If I open at 700ish, my warm ups are 135 x2, 315 x2, (straps up) 495 x1, 605 x1. Four sets and honestly, I could skip 135 just as easily.
Get a good handoff. If you’re shirted, try and find three guys that know how to hand off a big bench. This can be a make or break.
As my arms and lats have grown, I find that talc on my lats and arm pits helps a bit on deads.
Between lifts don’t think about the lift. Check out the wives and GFs in the audience. A lot of lifters have fine chicks that they drag along to these things. A few minutes before you go up to the platform, tune everything out and get with the mission.
Compliment everyone on their hard lifts- even the weaker guys. This sport has been so kind and supportive to me. I’d never like to be anything but kind and supportive back.
Thank your spotters when they catch your weight. They just saved your ass and you don’t even know them.
Thank the folks at the table when they write down your next attempt. Chances are that this is someone’s wife or sister or something that don’t even lift but she was willing to come out and help all day for no pay.