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Old 05-08-2010, 08:27 PM   #1
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Hey guys! I had a quick question:

I'm 18, been on a 5x5 for 5 months with no prior training. 148lbs @ 5'7", Bench: 165x5, Squat: 250x3, and Deadlift: 325x3.

Now, I was originally planning on competing at my first meet next year when I have a bit more experience, but I was advised to go and compete asap to get some experience. There's a raw nationals meet in Toronto on June 12th; teens lift free, and I don't think there is a qualifying total.

I'm just not sure if it's enough time to get ready. I don't know my ORM's, and I have no clue how to prepare or what to do at a meet or anything, really.

So any advice you guys could give me on the subject would be awesome. Should I compete? If so, how should I prepare?

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Old 05-08-2010, 08:33 PM   #2
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I've never competed but, I think it's enough time especially if you just want the meet experience.

Some more experienced PL'ers here will be able to help more than I.
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just test your 1rm man.... its not like elite geared lifter who would be fried after maxing for a long time.
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Here's the link: CPF - Pro & Amateur Raw National Championships | Powerlifting Watch

I post it because it says something about CPF and APF card holders. Does that mean I don't qualify unless I'm a card holder as well?
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I think you should compete. You'll place better then you expect, and you'll learn a lot. I would keep hitting the weights hard until about a week or 5 days before the show. You could structure some sort of a periodized cycle, but I;m not sure if that will help much with a month left compared to plain old hard training.
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Just found out that since I'm 18, the entry fee will be $75...
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I think you should compete. You'll place better then you expect, and you'll learn a lot. I would keep hitting the weights hard until about a week or 5 days before the show. You could structure some sort of a periodized cycle, but I;m not sure if that will help much with a month left compared to plain old hard training.
It says something about card holders; I'm not a member of the CPF or APF. Does that mean I can't compete?
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Hey guys! I had a quick question:

I'm 18, been on a 5x5 for 5 months with no prior training. 148lbs @ 5'7", Bench: 165x5, Squat: 250x3, and Deadlift: 325x3.

Now, I was originally planning on competing at my first meet next year when I have a bit more experience, but I was advised to go and compete asap to get some experience. There's a raw nationals meet in Toronto on June 12th; teens lift free, and I don't think there is a qualifying total.

I'm just not sure if it's enough time to get ready. I don't know my ORM's, and I have no clue how to prepare or what to do at a meet or anything, really.

So any advice you guys could give me on the subject would be awesome. Should I compete? If so, how should I prepare?

Thanks in advance.
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4. You're openers should be something you can rep 3-4 times, second attempts should be in you're 1-2 rep range, 3rd attempt...Go for broke.
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It says something about card holders; I'm not a member of the CPF or APF. Does that mean I can't compete?
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All right:

From what I can tell, I don't have to have a singlet in order to compete because it's my first meet; but I still need to e-mail to find out about the card thing.

Thanks for the advice! I think if it all works out I'll be posting about my newest meet soon.
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