Have you ever thought about competing in a powerlifting meet? It’s a great opportunity to test yourself in a competitive environment and see where you stand. There are always lessons to be learned from competition and it will certainly help motivate you to train harder in the months following.
For those of you who don’t know, the sport of powerlifting is composed of three lifts: the squat, the bench press, and the deadlift. It is NOT the same as Olympic weightlifting where there are only two contested events, the snatch and the clean and jerk. The only common denominator between the two sports is the fact that there’s a barbell involved. The name of the game is to move the most weight possible in each lift. You get three attempts at each lift and you have three judges that watch each attempt. As long as two judges give you the ok, your lift counts your total score. Any less and your lift doesn’t count. The lifter with the biggest total score in their weight class wins.
Our friends over at CrossFit San Diego are hosting an unsanctioned powerlifting meet on Saturday, July 21st (the weekend after the CrossFit Games). The meet starts at 10:00 a.m. Registration is only $35 and since it’s unsanctioned, you don’t have to wear a singlet. Unfortunately, this also means you can’t use it as a qualifier for regional or national events in any of the national powerlifting federations. I would still highly recommend it if you are interested.
I won’t be competing as I’m preparing for nationals in August. However, if you would like help with your programming, meet preparation, and/or game-day nutrition for this meet, I am offering consultations for any current Invictus members. Non-members can participate for a nominal fee. If you are interested, you can email me directly at [email protected]