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Old 08-31-2014, 03:54 PM   #1
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I am just 11 weeks out from my first meet and I will be competing in the 120kg class. Is there any advice you experience lifters could give me and or tips on openers? This might be my biggest weakness is the numbers games on when to do my old 1RM and such. IS there anything I should be careful about or worry about
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I wrote this awhile back. It might be helpful to you.

http://bigworkoutplan.com/powerlifti...peaking-cycle/
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Old 08-31-2014, 05:24 PM   #3
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Your old or current 1rm mean nothing in a meet. Pic an opener you could triple, or something you know you could get once any day of the week no matter how tired, sick, or close to death you are. You can have tentative numbers planned for your 2nd or 3rd attempts, but the only thing you should have pretty much set in stone is your opener, and it should be conservative. You don't want to bomb on your first meet.

As for your training, there are lots of resources on peaking cycles like J laid out. Basically you want to slowly decrease the volume and variation and increase the intensity and specificity. The one thing you'll see almost every resource say is that your last session before the meet should just be working up to your opener, then you should spend your last week before the meet resting and either not training or just doing a little stretching and possibly a little pump work to get the blood flowing.

Remember that maxing out on 3 lifts on one day in a place you've never been before is very different from training, which is why I said don't even think about your current maxes. They mean nothing. Just go by what you're feeling that day and try to get whatever you can.

I haven't had the chance to compete yet. I was planning to in October, but those plans fell through so I'm still going to peak and do a full mock meet, including weigh in. Because of my plans to compete and desire to do well I've done quite a bit of research.

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Thats a damn good article. My advice is pick one person to guide you and listen to them. Dont listen to anybody else. Crowdsourcing advice on a forum will end up in you being more confused than when you started. J Byrd (proven experience on the platform) would be my choice and its worth the extra money just to hire him and let him help you.
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My article “Introduction to Powerlifting Competition” might be of help to you -
http://www.fitnessforoneandall.com/p...e/intro_pl.htm

You’ll also find lots of info in this regard in my book “Starting and Progressing in Powerlifting” as it was written for beginner to intermediate powerlifters –
http://www.fitnessforoneandall.com/b...werlifting.htm

But whatever you do, don’t worry! Stay focused and calm. Don’t stress out. Let it be a good experience no matter what happens.
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