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Alternative Lifting & Fitness => Powerlifting => Topic started by: Andrew on February 23, 2018, 06:35:29 PM

Title: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: Andrew on February 23, 2018, 06:35:29 PM
Since i'm not able to make it to Spring Supremacy, i found this meet and signed up. It will be my first USAPL meet. I'll post progress and results in this thread. Meet is in Santa Cruz, CA (my hometown)

Few differences about this comp from my previouse meets:

Squats: Sleeves only. This will reduce my comp squat numbers a bit, compared to my 2 previous meets where i used knee wraps.
Deads: In USAPL there is no deadlift bar, so you pull with a stiff bar in comp. When my training progresses, i think i'll add some heavy deadlift singles with my Ohio Power Bar to prepare for pulling with the Eleiko bar

I've got a pre-meet conference call on 2/26 with RTS coaches to develop a training strategy for the meet. Will post about plan when i learn more
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: FLEX on February 23, 2018, 07:03:39 PM
No wraps, no whippy DL bar.  Yikes.

Good luck.
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: Dave on February 23, 2018, 07:04:43 PM
Will as always be following along!
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: BLK00TJ on February 23, 2018, 08:55:24 PM
Good luck Andrew!  I've been considering doing a USAPL meet too.  They don't do many in this area though.  I've been DLing with either my B&R or OPB and got used to the no bend pretty easy.  Then again, my DL sucks too, so there's that.  The diameter is actually more comfortable for me in mixed grip, but hook grip is tough.
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: John on February 23, 2018, 10:42:58 PM
You know I'll be following somewhere :)
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: Bando on February 24, 2018, 12:09:23 AM
Good luck, glad you found another meet to peak for.
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: AlexanderOmand on February 24, 2018, 01:33:46 PM
That's Great, Andrew.  One additional heads up, is that USAPL is considerably stricter with their squat depth.  Make sure you know how deep you need to go.
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: itsagoodday on February 24, 2018, 01:56:42 PM
That's Great, Andrew.  One additional heads up, is that USAPL is considerably stricter with their squat depth.  Make sure you know how deep you need to go.

^^ Yah, this.  Also, I don't recall your bench set up, but if you're a toes on the floor bencher, you'll need to become a feet on the floor bencher.  :)

Best of luck!!!
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: Andrew on March 22, 2018, 12:24:49 AM
Thanks everyone. Appreciate the USAPL tips too. Iím not worried about squat depth, Iím good on depth in training and on platform so far. I think the biggest impact is the lack of a deadlift bar, but Iím doing all my training with the Ohio Power Bar to get ready. If I can get 250kg on th stiff bar Iíll be pumped. Squat numbers will be down a bit too, with only the use of sleeves. But my training numbers are looking like I should be able to match or possibly exceed my current wrapped PR in sleeves.
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: Get-n-fit on March 22, 2018, 10:07:12 AM
Good Luck Andrew!  sounds interesting, but nice it's in your hometown, makes life easier.

For DL's if you don't have a stiff bar, pull deficits.  I trained with a stiff bar pretty much my entire lifting career and most people says it's equivalent to pulling deficits since there's very little give.
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: Andrew on March 22, 2018, 03:12:54 PM
Good Luck Andrew!  sounds interesting, but nice it's in your hometown, makes life easier.

For DL's if you don't have a stiff bar, pull deficits.  I trained with a stiff bar pretty much my entire lifting career and most people says it's equivalent to pulling deficits since there's very little give.

Thanks and Good idea, that makes sense
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: Andrew on May 08, 2018, 10:13:17 PM
4 days out, training block is essentially wrapped up, just one light session tomorrow to keep the movement patterns dialed in. My planned openers are 385/236/518. Meet prep has gone well, my squat feels strong, bench is still a bit painful but I think some gains are there for the taking. Deads are strong except my grip has been an issue due to elbow tendinitis. No question in my mind that I can pull a big deadlift but whether I can hold on to it long enough for a clean lockout is another story. My body weight is higher than its ever been, Iím sitting at about 227lbs, perfect place to be for the 105kg class. I grew out of my belt, struggled yesterday to get it latched into the very last hole..but thatís ok, I ainít putting all this work in to be small..lol
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: Get-n-fit on May 09, 2018, 10:22:16 AM
Good Luck Andrew! Destroy the weights and have fun!
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: John on May 09, 2018, 10:26:10 AM
Good luck buddy! I know you'll kill it!
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: reduni on May 09, 2018, 11:18:25 AM
Good luck Andrew. Go out and smash some PR's. You've been training hard. Looking forward to the results.
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: Bando on May 09, 2018, 11:56:02 AM
Good Luck this weekend!
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: Andrew on May 09, 2018, 12:33:35 PM
Thanks everyone. Looking forward to getting on the platform again. Iíll check back in with a meet report after the comp.
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: ShawnJ on May 09, 2018, 07:16:29 PM
Have a great meet Andy, you are going in very well prepared and stronger than ever!! Have fun!
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: Andrew on May 17, 2018, 01:19:23 AM
Starting to feel refreshed again and finally got around to uploading my vids and made a more detailed write up:

I went 7/9 and totaled 560kg, 1235lb. It is a 6lb PR over my previous meet total (BTW-which was in wraps, and with a deadlift bar).  Had fun and finished healthy

Squats went 3/3 with 175/187.5/195. Everything went as planned, I hit all the A option attempts and the 3rd squat of 195kg was actually around a 9 or 9.5 RPE.

Squat Attempt  1, 175kg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko-U_3cBNgU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko-U_3cBNgU)

Squat Attempt 2, 187.5kg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyjYwlsEIy0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyjYwlsEIy0) 

Squat Attempt 3, 195kg (6lb PR and in sleeves)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqIfQeZ59lw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqIfQeZ59lw) 

Bench went 2/3 with 107.5/115/117.5(miss). Opener moved good, but the jump to 2nd seemed too big and my 2nd attempt ended up being a major grinder. I think I  mis-grooved it and it moved forward on me and it took everything I  had to save it. Nothing more was there for the 3rd, I  took the smallest jump possible but missed it.

Bench Attempt 1, 107.5kg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jsl1HtI6m14 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jsl1HtI6m14)

Bench Attempt 2, 115kg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il2ZqHFcIzc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il2ZqHFcIzc) 

Bench Attempt 3, 117.5kg (miss)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVpG3jw9uOk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVpG3jw9uOk) 

Deadlift went 2/3 with 235/250(miss)/250. Opener moved good, 2nd attempt I  had a technical error and I  had a hiccup mid way up and got 2 red lights. I repeated the 250kg and lifted it at about a 9/9.5rpe and got a clean lift for the third.

Deadlift Attempt 1, 235kg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hqhu2T0T05k (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hqhu2T0T05k) 

Deadlift Attempt 2, 250kg (miss)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw1usb5T8yM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw1usb5T8yM)

Deadlift Attempt 3, 250kg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxRs6Fu9WiY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxRs6Fu9WiY)


Overall, I  think the plan was on target, with the exception of bench where my strength was off. Deadlift I just failed to execute, I think the strength was there for 260kg, but after missing the 2nd, I  played it safe and didnít go up for my third. The meet was not very well run, they had me in the wrong weight class. I was told it was fixed but when my flight started, I was not shown on the list of lifters.  They were never able to fix it, so the whole meet I had to ask the scoring table where I was in the list, and they were basically winging it for my lifts because I wasnít in the computer.

Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: Get-n-fit on May 17, 2018, 08:37:14 AM
Great job Andrew! Congrats on the PR, sucks that they didn't have their act together.
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: Bando on May 17, 2018, 09:05:49 AM
Way to represent the Sanctuary! 8)
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: FLEX on May 17, 2018, 09:28:36 AM
Nicely done.
Title: Re: USAPL Barbells on the Boardwalk, 5/12/18
Post by: Andrew on May 17, 2018, 11:55:59 AM
Great job Andrew! Congrats on the PR, sucks that they didn't have their act together.

Thanks! The squat was a 6lb PR over my wrapped squat, and it was in sleeves so Iím pumped on that. Wrapped Iíd probably have 450-475 in me. Creeping up on that 500 mark  ;D

Way to represent the Sanctuary! 8)

Thanks Bando. I had my IS shirt on when I lifted  8)

Nicely done.

Thanks Jim, not a big add to my total but I did add something, and left the meet healthy and hungry for moar