Step 5: Have fun at Your First Powerlifting Meet!
Training is finally over. You survived! Now it is time to show off all of that hard work. It is a good idea to do the following before you get to your Powerlifting meet.
- It is a good idea to read through the rulebook for your federation before meet day. Most federations have rule briefings before the competition begins. They do not go over every rule, just the key points.
- Double check your bag. The last thing you want to do is forget something critical, like your singlet at home. In the event of forgetting a something, you may be in luck. Vendors such as Anderson Powerlifting will sometimes attend meets to sell equipment.
- The more prepared you are beforehand, the less you will have to worry about later.
- You will be lifting weights for 6-8 hours. Some competitions can even run as long as 12 hours. You will need plenty of fuel to be at your best.
- Depending on the venue of your competition, there may be vending machines. Some competitions may even have food trucks or catering.
- Hydration is just as important. Bring plenty of water and Pedialyte. Yes, Pedialyte.
- While it is only you on the platform, in most cases it a lot of support from family and friends to get there.
- Having someone “handle” you on meet day makes your life a lot less stressful. Handlers keep track of flights (group orders of lifters) and let you know when you are up to lift. They give feedback and in some cases put in attempts for the competitor they are handling.
- If you want your lifts recorded so you can post them on social media, you will have to have someone record them for you. I do not think there is any federation that allows you to take a selfie while lifting.