Wednesday, December 9, 2009
This past Saturday I became a powerlifter. I had applied this term to myself before and many of you requested my help with lifting buckets because of it; but this past Saturday it became true. Saturday was my first powerlifting competition.
The event, called the Iron Lion, took place at Penn State University in Pennsylvania. In a meet each lifter gets three attempts for three types of lifts, the Squat, the Bench Press, and the Deadlift. The lifts are judged 'good' or 'no lift' based on if the person makes the complete movement and on technical points such as depth of the squat and locked knees. The lifters are grouped by weight class, age division, and the use of certain equipment.
I lifted RAW, which means I wore only a belt for support, and did not use knee wraps or a supportive suit. For the squat, I got 3 good lifts at 167, 172, and 181 lbs. For the bench press I did 85 lbs, missed my second attempt at 93lbs, then got 93 for my third attempt. In the deadlift I got three good lifts again at 200, 214, and 231 lbs. My total for the meet, which is based on the best lift in each event, was 506lbs. My best squat and deadlift were personal bests.
Afterward, I went out to dinner with others from the meet and ate a giant dinner. I had so much fun at the meet and can't wait for the next one.
Click here to see a video of my best three lifts.