Weightlifting Weekly, The Meet.
Welcome Back to Weightlifting Weekly! After an awesome meet this past weekend we are back. This week we are going to talk about the culmination of our training efforts. The weightlifting meet. For the purposes of this article, since this topic can be very long, we will assume we are trying to hit big lifts at the meet and we are unfamiliar with how a meet is ran.
Before the meet day is our training. If you are a competitive weightlifter, then your program will revolve around meet days. For the rest of us, we want to plan at least 12 weeks out, if not longer. This way we can build, improve, and taper for the meet. The week of the meet should be a light and low volume training week ensuring adequate recovery for the meet.
At the meet we are going to weigh in first. Here you will declare your opening lifts. Choose a lift you know you can hit 9/10 times. While you may have qualifying goals, having a good start cannot be understated. Hit your first lift with confidence and knock away those nerves. Nothing is scarier than the last attempt before bombing out.
Next is the waiting. My best advice here, get a coach or a friend. Between warming up, watching the current lifters, seeing how many lifts before you lift, not warming up too early or too late, it can mentally be exhausting to get ready. For our novices out there, once weight goes on the bar it does not come off. When you lift is determined by the how heavy you intend to lift. The lifters lifting the most weight will be last, and the lifters lifting the least will be first. If you are first this is easy, if you are in the middle, it can get a little messy. Try to mimic your heavy single progression as lifters are lifting. Planning to hit your opener either one or two before, or be warmed up to it when it is your turn.
Did you make it? Once you’ve lifted, you either made or missed the lift. If you missed, it is good practice to stay and try to make that weight. However, if you were judged a bad lift, had weird fault that is unlikely, or just are feeling it. Go to your second lift; as long as you remember the lesson from above bout bombing out. Meets are not about setting new PR’s, they are hitting your heaviest lift under meet conditions. This is unlikely to be a PR.
As with any competition, treat it as close to training as you can. Keep your confidence and remember it is just another lift. Enjoy the finality of the sport. 1 lift, just you and the bar. No one can impact how you perform, and that is truly the magic of the sport.