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Old 05-15-2013, 03:36 PM   #1
Michael Herring
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Default 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.

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Old 05-15-2013, 04:44 PM   #2
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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!
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:11 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:59 PM   #4
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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!
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:47 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:04 PM   #6
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Hey, Michael. I am going to PM you with some stuff I've been working on for this purpose.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:20 PM   #7
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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.
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