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1/12/2015 10:09:55 AM - Matt

I had this resolution to compete more this year whether it be strongman and/or powerlifting, I did one powerlifting, one strongman, and a grip contest last year. I typically use a 10 week program and the 11th week is a deload before a meet or mock meet. USAPL has about 5 meets in Michigan for 2105 and I'd like to compete in all 5, however one is February 28 and the next is March 21st, not quite 10-11 weeks.

What if the week after the meet I do a "deload" week with some speed work about 55-60%, week 2. Take my 2 attempts 85% of goal 1rm, 95% of goal 1rm. Would I go for maybe a bench PR given the deadlift as squat recovery may be something to consider? Or do I just say fuck it and go for broke that 3 weeks later? Or stick to the plan and wait until a April 16 meet? What would you suggest in this situation?

The Real question is why do you want to compete in all 5?

What is there to gain by competing a ton of times in one year?

I ask as I see it as a waste of time and money.

2 possibly, 3 meets is more than enough to see if your training is working.

Doing that many meets in a year, how will you be able to see if your training is working?

Shane Church

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