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#1 joel223

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:52 AM

Signed up for my first powerlifting meet on May 10th. Weigh-in is on the 9th. I'm stoked and it should be a lot of fun, but I'm wondering what would be the best approach to making my weight class without loosing strength in the process.

I am currently at 206 (AM weight, 208 PM weight) and need to drop down to 198. So a solid eight-ten lbs, and I'd like to weigh in a little lighter than 198 for good measure.

Of course diet is strict 2300 cal/day and I'll be upping cardio. I'm going to find a sauna to sit in for an hour or so before weigh-in as well. Are there any more tips that I can use to drop a few lbs quick if I get in a pinch before weigh in? Shouldn't be a problem to hit weight, but just in case, if anyone has any tips...?
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Posted 19 April 2014 - 01:21 PM

Well I was gonna let somebody like falcon handle this because there are a few guys super experienced in this topic on here. But, here's my thoughts on making weight for a pl meet:
Go slow, you have plenty of time to drop that weight. You could do it in three days if you had to but your strength will be down by the time you get on the platform. I had to lose 12 or so for mine last year, I gave myself 3 weeks and "cut" from 255 to 242. It was a slow and steady drop. Don't deprive yourself of nutrients just take back some caloric intake. It helps to stay super hydrated up to the last day right before weigh ins. If your able to weigh in in the am, do so when your body is dry. If it must be in the evening, that's the day you cut out liquids for the most part and sweat out the remaining few pounds. Get on the scale every day and monitor your progress, also, keep an eye throughout the day on your weight so you can see how your body weight changes with foods and liquids, that will help you determine what you can and can't have in the hours leading up to your weigh in. Remember that sodium causes you to retain water. I can't quite remember, but I think high carb intake does too. There are a plethora of sites that have great articles on meet prep, one that I really like is elitefts.com.
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Posted 20 April 2014 - 03:55 PM

If it's your first meet, then don't worry about cutting weight (unless you've done it previously for grappling, MMA, etc.). You have enough of a bomb that is about to be dropped on your CNS and don't need more than is necessary. What meet are you doing?

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 11:14 AM

Its ISA/ISAA Championships in Dallas
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Posted 24 April 2014 - 03:47 PM

Its ISA/ISAA Championships in Dallas


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#6 joel223

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 04:30 PM

Yes, as a matter of fact it is.

I made weight today, dropped a little too much down to 195 from 204 yesterday. Rehydrating today, killing it tomorrow.
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Posted 10 May 2014 - 09:37 PM

Thanks for posting this thread as I'm in a similar situation. There's a local bench competition this coming weekend and looking to drop a couple pounds before weigh-ins on Saturday morning. Currently hovering around 222-223 :/
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Posted 11 May 2014 - 03:41 PM

Its fun bro. I didn't place but broke a few PR's so I'm happy with how the meet went. Know what I need to work on for the next one and I should be able to place.

Sitting in the sauna for long enough to make weight was rough, so was recovering the next day, but its all worth it.
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Posted 11 May 2014 - 11:16 PM

I just have to get under 220, which shouldn't be an issue.
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10 people from my gym are going, and out of them I'd be lucky to get 8th or 9th place, lol. But bodyweights range from 160lbs to 330lbs.
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I don't expect to place, especially since I'm currently not ON anything. I'd be happy with 315 on pause press

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 09:24 PM

Weighed in at 218. Took 3rd place in my weight class with a 300 bench.

Shoulda bumped to 305 or 310 even, but hindsight is 20/20 and it was my third and final lift. Adrenoline had me going ;)







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