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12/8/2014 6:09:44 PM - Gary
Looking for some guidance.

I am going to do my first meet in April, a local push/pull. My concern is what I need to do the day of the meet. I train alone, and as such I don't have anyone to handle me for the meet. I was hoping someone might be able to give me some ideas of what to expect, and what things I need to make sure I am on top of besides just lifting.

Thanks in Advance,


Thanks for writing in!

Although I am fortunate in that my husband helps me at meets, I've seen tons of people who just show up by themselves and lift. I can tell you from personal experience that there will be no shortage of people willing to help call your depth, hand off to you, or explain rules and timing.

The fact that it's a local meet takes the stress out of traveling. If you need to cut weight, make sure you do a practice run soon to see how your body will react. Don't go for too much too soon; this first meet is about getting comfortable and working out all your aprehensions.

My personal advice is for you to keep this meet as close to your normal training as possible, and vice versa. Start timing your sessions in the gym so that you know how much time you need to recover. Also, give yourself plenty of warm up time. The worst feeling in the world is being rushed on a PR attempt.

Secondly, even though it might be tempting to accept or ask for help, you must remember that you don't normally train with these folks, and getting too far out of your comfort zone can throw you a mental monkey wrench. Don't let the opinions of others force you out of your routine. Proper physical and mental preparation will be key to a great meet. Have fun, make lots of friends, and you may even find a training partner!

Good Luck!!,
Hannah Johnson

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