Competing In Your 1st Raw Powerlifting Meet - Muscle and Brawn
Yesterday, I competed in my first powerlifting competition and I had a blast! I competed in the % Raw Powerlifting Federation. I REALLY. The AAU first began its raw division in and the term "raw" was In January the Raw Unity Meet (simply known as. Heading to your first raw powerlifting competition is a big deal. Your first performance could propel you to future victories, or discourage and stunt those same.
During the same period, lifting in Britain also had factions. In the late s, because members of the ruling body BAWLA were only interested in the development of Olympic lifting, a breakaway organization called the Society of Amateur Weightlifters had been formed to cater for the interests of lifters who were not particularly interested in Olympic lifting. Although at that time there were 42 recognized lifts, the "Strength Set" biceps curlbench press, and squat soon became the standard competition lifts, and both organizations held Championships on these lifts as well as on the Olympic lifts until Inthe Society of Amateur Weightlifters rejoined BAWLA and, in order to fall into line with the American lifts, the biceps curl was dropped and replaced with the deadlift.
The first British Championship was held in During the late s and at the beginning of the s, various friendly international contests were held. At the same time, in early November of each year and to commemorate Hoffman's birthday, a prestigious lifting contest was held.
Init was decided to make this event the "World Weightlifting Championships". The event was held on the morning of November 6,in York, Pennsylvania. There was no such thing as teams and thus the event consisted of a large group of American lifters, four British lifters, and one lifter from the West Indies. All of the referees were American. Weights were in pounds. Lifting order was "rising bar", and the first lift was the bench press. There was no such thing as a bench shirt or squat suit, and various interpretations were held regarding the use and length of knee wraps and weightlifting belts.
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The IPF rules system did not exist yet, nor had world records been established. Because of the lack of formalized rules, some disputes occurred. With 67 lifters in all, the other 47 were Americans.
Lifts were still measured in pounds, the bench press was the first lift, and there were still no suits, power belts, or fancy wraps. Mike Shaw 'lost' his world title, won the previous year, to American Jack Keammerer. IPF and after[ edit ] The International Powerlifting Federation was formed immediately after the contest, and so none of the lifts could be yet registered as official world records.
The Worlds was also held in York. This time there were only 47 entrants: With 74 entrants, this was the largest Worlds so far. Inthe World Championships was held outside America for the first time, at the town hall in Birminghamhosted by Vic Mercer. Unusually for a competition, the super-heavyweights lifted first. This was because the television company filming the event was only interested in filming the "big guys".
Hoffman sent over tons of equipment for this contest and did not take it back, and local legend says it is all still being used in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region. Since it was closely associated with bodybuilding and women had been competing as bodybuilders for years, the new sport was opened to them very quickly. As a result, the AAU lost control of virtually every amateur sport.
Soon, controversy over drug testing would cause powerlifting to splinter into multiple federations. Indrug testing was introduced to the IPF men's international championship, although the USPF championships that year did not have drug testing.
Weight belts and knee wraps originally simple Ace bandages predated powerlifting, but in John Inzer invented the first piece of equipment distinct to powerlifters—the bench shirt. I found some good advice that helped, but one thing I noticed was that many of the articles I found were more for geared powerlifting.
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While the little things may not be so different between getting ready for raw and geared, it bothered me a little to see so many articles dedicating most of the energy toward gear-specific preparation. They were still helpful, but all the same, I had some trouble finding help specifically for raw lifting. So here are some tips for those of you who are considering your first powerlifting meet. Pick your attempts well: This should go without saying.
Picking the right attempts and having a solid game plan beforehand can and probably will make or break your meet. Your first attempt should be very easy. Whatever you choose, you want to be able to get your first attempt no matter what the situation.
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This gets you into the meet and calms your nerves. The morning of my first meet I was so nervous I felt like I was going to throw up.
By the time my second squat was done though, I felt fine because I got them both with ease. Stick to your game plan too.
Before I start, most of your questions can be answered by going to and browsing through this site Powerlifting Watch. Make sure you know the rules for the federation you are competing in. If you need a list of federations you can go here. If you need the basic rules you can get them write here. You must wear a singlet when competing raw, no exceptions. Your singlet can be a basic wrestling singlet or a powerlifting brand name singlet.
Go here if you need more details on some of the things you should be carrying: When filling out your application be sure to fill it out correctly. If you have any questions contact the promoter, through email or call them up.
They are very nice and helpful people. For the purposes of true powerlifting I am assuming you are running a full power meet the squat, bench press and deadlift. Ok, now that I covered some of the basics, or have at least given you some of the resources to find out the answers for yourself, here comes the good part. Bombing is when a lifter fails to complete any of the three attempts in one lift, and in many cases will not be allowed to finish the meet.
When training for a meet, practice warming up every 5 to 15 minutes, and be able to warm up effectively with around 3 to 6 sets.
Also be ready to lift heavy because at most meets that is all the chances you really get. Timing it key and one should be prepared. It is crucial you keep your muscles warm and prepared, lifting is not the only way to do so.