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Michael Herring 05-15-2013 02:36 PM

First Meet This Saturday
I have my first weightlifting meet this Saturday and I could use some guidance since I won't have a coach there. I already have the butterflies. Are there any good threads or blog posts that would help me out?

Most of all I'm not sure how to plan my lifts and how or if I change my plan if I miss a lift.

I've never actually looked over the USAW rules so is there anything, as a new lifter, that I should be aware of?

I have read over the Bob Tanaka etiquete article.

FWIW, I'm 34, 178lbs, 84kg snatch, 100kg c&j. I'm hoping to get some video of the event so I can post it here and get some feedback.


Steve Pan 05-15-2013 03:44 PM

Go out there and try to make some friends so you can get someone to count attempts for you.

You will have to estimate how many lifts will go before you so you can plan and time your warm ups so you will be ready when they call you up to lift.

The bar is progressive so the person in your session who is opening with the lightest weight will go first and the bar will only go up in weight as the session goes along. Each person gets one minute to go up and take their attempt, and you will get a signal when you have 30 seconds to go. If you follow yourself you will get 2 minutes for your next attempt.

Make sure you lock all your lifts out (no press outs) and you wait for the down signal from the judges before you drop the weight.

Good luck!

Michael Young 05-15-2013 04:11 PM


Good luck bother. I'm doing my first meet on June 1, also uncoached. The advise that I was given and plan on following was, 1. Total & 2. Have fun!

I'm planning all my attempts in advance and pretty sure I'm sticking with them. I'm going to Sharpie them on my arm so I don't forget. Another piece of advice I got was to make your opener one you can nail in practice every time.

Timing the warm ups I think is going to be tricky. I think that's what I'm most nervous about. Man am I freaking nervous. I get butterflies every time I think about it.

Here's an article I found helpful. http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/ope...mpetition.html

Don't forget wraps, belts, sleeves and tape if you use them. And food, don't forget food. I'm packing a couple protein bars and almonds.

Again, best of luck! looking forward to the vids.

Blake Barnes 05-15-2013 04:59 PM

It's always a good idea to put your opening attempts at a weight you can hit on a consistent basis. If you're feeling really good during your warm-ups and its getting close to your turn you have the option to go up. You can always change your weight UP but never DOWN.

Good luck, Michael!

Michael Herring 05-15-2013 08:47 PM

Thanks a bunch for all the feedback, guys. Helpful stuff. I'm sure this first one will be a little nuts so I just want to get it under my belt for the experience.

Tamara Reynolds 05-15-2013 09:04 PM

Hey, Michael. I am going to PM you with some stuff I've been working on for this purpose.

Michael Herring 05-15-2013 09:20 PM

Thanks for the link, Michael. Good read.

Does everyone really weigh-in in just their undies?

What's the rule with knee and wrist wraps? What can you not wear? I have some Rehbands and some elastic knee wraps. I'd like to use one or the other.

Tamara Reynolds 05-16-2013 07:02 PM


Originally Posted by Michael Herring (Post 99675)
Does everyone really weigh-in in just their undies?

What's the rule with knee and wrist wraps? What can you not wear? I have some Rehbands and some elastic knee wraps. I'd like to use one or the other.

For the most part, yes, because your bodyweight affects your Sinclair total, and clothes weigh something.

Pages 17-19 have the rules about the weightlifter's costume. You can wear knee sleeves and wrist wraps. There are rules about how big they can be, but generally, Rehbands and the most common wrist wraps fit the requirements. The one "issue" that I have to change for meets is the fact that I lift in knee socks and Rehbands, and you have to have space between your socks and any knee sleeves. So, you either can't pull your knee socks all the way up, or you have to wear shorter socks.


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