I'm finally doing what I should have done a long time ago: competed.
I've been lifting on and off for years. I've made progress, lost progress, and cameback several times, but one thing has always nagged me. I've never actually competed in an official powerlifting contest. After wasting most of this past year doing jackshit in the gym, I decided the best way to motivate myself and fulfill my ambitions was to sign up for the IPA Jersey States Championships.
Due to graduate school, a new job, moving, being married, and general poverty I couldn't get into the gym more than once or twice a week this past year. Not being able to afford a New York gym membership, I was forced to rely on the City College's gym. It's only open Mon-Fri and closes by 830pm. Working full time and taking classes at night I only could hit it up now and then. Typically, I would pick one major exercise (squat, deads, or bench) and build a workout around it. My diet went to shit. I drank pitchers of beers and ate cheetos for dinner. As expected, my weights went down and I got fat.
Where I stand now:
5'9, about 160 pounds. Very pudgy, large belly.
All lifts are full range of motion, paused. Deads are sumo style.
Where I want to be in Jan:
Since I've never competed before, I plan on using the IPA meet in January to get my feet wet. I'm competing in the RAW amateur division. Not expecting win, just want to get the feel of the meet. Then, in 2010 the IPA New York Championships are in August. With one meet under my belt, and over 6 months of training, I'd like to compete again and see how I do.
RAW, Drug Free.
HOW TO USE THIS LOG
Comment! I'm going to post lots of questions and ask for lots of advice. Give it freely. For example, I'm at a complete loss for 2 month prep programs.
Anyone know any good meet prep programs?
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