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Old 04-09-2009, 01:21 PM   #1
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I'm sure a lot of you can tell me about the experience of competing in o'lifting and/or powerlifting, but I'd like to get an idea of where I stand in terms of competing on a regular basis and really competing to win. From your experiences, I'd like to know where I need improvement or if I should stll be trying to get just a base line level of strength first. Appreciate the input.

5'6", ~170lbs
Best Squat: 405lbs
Best Deadlift: 425lbs
Best Bench (not exactly sure on this one since I havent benched in a while): 275 lbs

Best Clean and Jerk: 225lbs
Best Snatch(mostly been working on technique to get comfortable with it): 155lbs.
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:41 PM   #2
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I'm sure a lot of you can tell me about the experience of competing in o'lifting and/or powerlifting, but I'd like to get an idea of where I stand in terms of competing on a regular basis and really competing to win. From your experiences, I'd like to know where I need improvement or if I should stll be trying to get just a base line level of strength first. Appreciate the input.

5'6", ~170lbs
Best Squat: 405lbs
Best Deadlift: 425lbs
Best Bench (not exactly sure on this one since I havent benched in a while): 275 lbs

Best Clean and Jerk: 225lbs
Best Snatch(mostly been working on technique to get comfortable with it): 155lbs.
if that was a full depth squat and the bench was at least touched, I bet you could go out and enjoy a PL contest right now. depending on turnout possibly even medal in a small contest...not that you should make it your goal but a PR in a meet is 90000% better than any gym lift.
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:51 PM   #3
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I dont mean to jack your thread but what are good numbers for the different wt classes. I would like to see myself compete at 69KG what would be respectable numbers to be putting up?
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:48 PM   #4
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Chris... what sport??
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Old 04-09-2009, 08:24 PM   #5
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I'm sure a lot of you can tell me about the experience of competing in o'lifting and/or powerlifting, but I'd like to get an idea of where I stand in terms of competing on a regular basis and really competing to win. From your experiences, I'd like to know where I need improvement or if I should stll be trying to get just a base line level of strength first. Appreciate the input.

5'6", ~170lbs
Best Squat: 405lbs
Best Deadlift: 425lbs
Best Bench (not exactly sure on this one since I havent benched in a while): 275 lbs

Best Clean and Jerk: 225lbs
Best Snatch(mostly been working on technique to get comfortable with it): 155lbs.
What Dave said. Your PL numbers are freaking solid. Oly numbers aren't too shabby either, especially that C&J. I suck at oly lifts myself and am thus thoroughly impressed by your efforts.

Depending on exactly what weight class you competed in I'd wager a guess that you could medal.
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Old 04-09-2009, 08:32 PM   #6
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here is a link to the USAPL raw records. in your weight class, 181, the national record for juniors is really low at 350ish. the next class up it's 479 which is about where i'd expect it. most of the really good lifters are in gear but a 500 raw back squat to USAPl depth and rules is pretty damn good even at 200bw.

http://www.usapowerlifting.com/recor...an/men-raw.htm
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Old 04-09-2009, 08:36 PM   #7
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At 170lbs. the PL #'s are def. respectable. Like Dave mentioned, it will be crucial to train w/ someone you can trust to really watch your form/depth and also get some video. From what I have seen at the gym I train at, probably 95% of the bench press attempts would be no good in a competition. If you are going to compete in a "stop and go" bench competition it could take several sessions to feel comfortable, at least that was my experience! I never did the chest bounce thing when I benched, but I did more of a "touch and go" and it was quite a bit different than stop and go!

Good luck with it if you decide to do it and keep us posted!
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Old 04-10-2009, 10:59 AM   #8
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What Dave said. Your PL numbers are freaking solid. Oly numbers aren't too shabby either, especially that C&J. I suck at oly lifts myself and am thus thoroughly impressed by your efforts.

Depending on exactly what weight class you competed in I'd wager a guess that you could medal.
Thanks for the input and advice everyone, I really appreciate it. I just feel at 22, with my passion for athletics and lifting weights (powerlifting and weightlifting), I feel as though I "need" to be doing something with it, and hopefully it turns ino something big. If you told me I could lift weights as a living and have enough to eat, sleep and pay my bills...I'd consider myself the luckiest guy on the planet, but I'm getting ahead of myself so one step at a time. I'll keep everyone updated and hopefully I can make some things happen. Thanks again for the advice and input...keep it coming, good/ bad/ constructive/ whatever it is, it all helps.
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:11 PM   #9
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This may sound like a silly question but do I need a specific type of singlet to compete in weightlifting events? Do they differ from the type used in powerlifting and track (sprint) events?
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:56 PM   #10
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Most meets keep record sheets and post online. Maybe someone can give us some links. I know you can pull up stats on the USAW website but those are Olympic athletes mostly. When I was researching a meet last year in Austin, TX I found a website that posted everyone's lifts from the year before and I think I would have been around 10 or 11 in my weight class.
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