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« on: November 08, 2015, 08:01:21 PM »

Joe, Dave & others
Which PL federation do you lift with? BDFPA?
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2015, 10:55:49 PM »

Glen, Starsky and myself are all BDFPA lifters, I can only speak for myself but they have plenty of meets, there is a lot of mutual support and camaraderie amongst the lifters and the depth of competition is strong in most classes.

My personal preference is also the option to single lift for those who want to specialise in a single move or just compete in the one discipline.

I would really recommend having a go Nic, when I started all I wanted was to deadlift 200kg one day and due to the encouragement and drive of competition I managed to progress faster than I ever could of without competition.
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2015, 10:59:39 PM »

Awesome thanks Dave

Been thinking about it for a year or so, I train at a PL gym and my sometime-training partner is a powerlifter. I think I'd like to do full power just to see what I could do and to get some comp numbers down on paper.

What do I do? Join BDFPA in my "region" and then do a full power, unequipped divisional - does it have to be the South East one or can i do any one?

I think I'll go for it! Be great if one or more of you lot are there. No idea how I'll do but I really don't mind, it's just for the experience really.
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2015, 11:13:52 PM »

Get stuck in Nic, you will shock yourself! Careful though it's pretty addictive lol

Go to the following link

https://memberdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=10054

Now currently you can buy an end of year membership for 12.50 but the actual membership period runs from the 1st of Jan till the next if December 2016 so I think you have to wait for the 1st of Jan for that one.

Yep just as you said, choose the region your in and your away, once you have completed our membership proscess find a meet in the events tab of the www.bdfpa.co.uk page, print off the form and send it off and your away.

For the clothing etc basically get an adidas base lifter which are cheap as chips to start with and a air of long socks and your away. Although already training with Powerlifter puts you in a great place for firm checks and help with attempt selection.

Any questions Glen, Mon, Si, Starsky, Felix, HelenS, Matt or myself can all be gently badgered, come to think of it a lot of us enjoy a bit of chalk and spandex Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2015, 11:41:05 PM »

Thanks! I'll join for 1st jan onwards but in the meantime work out which comp to do....eek! Exciting!

come to think of it a lot of us enjoy a bit of chalk and spandex Smiley

I call that "Saturday night" Tongue

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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2015, 11:47:39 PM »

Lulz  Grin

Just make sure you wash the chalk off or you will get a callus
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2015, 07:03:22 PM »

Dave - you sending those shoes to Toby has me thinking about getting some. Do you have any recommendations of brands/makes, or even what to look for?

And do I need a proper belt? I have a thin, tapered buckle type one at the mo but not a big thick pronged type or lever type one?
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2015, 07:04:06 PM »

Obvs belt and shoe aka accessory shopping is of paramount importance at this point in my powerlifting adventure. Training and periodisation and such can wait.
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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2015, 07:34:04 PM »

I've lifted in both drug tested feds: GBPF and BDFPA. I'd recommend the BDFPA for a few reasons, including more drug testing and less fussy on approved kit.

On the shoes and belt, IMO the shoes depend on your squatting style. i.e. Low bar, high bar, ankle flexibility. Some prefer Olympic lifting shoes and others something with a solid base, such as Converse Chuk Taylors. This is very anecdotal, and by no means fool proof, but wide stance/low bar squatters tend to wear Converse and higher bar/narrower stance tend to wear heeled lifting shoes.

On the belt, I find a more robust belt gives more support on maximal squats/deads. I've a lever belt, but lots prefer the double prong ones as you don't have to unscrew it when you lose/gain weight.
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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2015, 08:24:39 PM »

I squat high bar and I think my ankle flexibility is OK - never "tested" it officially but I have squatted with various powerlifters and PL coaches in attendance and they've never gasped in horror and my technique or my ankles Cheesy

When I front squat I tend to put little plates under my heels

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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2015, 08:39:43 PM »

If you like plates under your heels you may well love oly shoes. I squatted wide because I only had flat shoes and it was the only way I got to depth (I didn't have your ankle flexibility - or the right lever lengths), but squatting wide stressed my groin and as I deadlifts sumo I need my hips and groin in tact! Oly shoes allowed me to squat slightly narrower (I still flair my toes and knees) and therefore I save my groin for later!

Belt wise I like my lever belt. Belts only work for me if they're really tight and I just can't get buckles that tight. My lever is tightish when undone but clipped on. When I do it up it squeezes me to death and pinches but it works a treat! Remember there are belt rules. You're not allowed a padded bit inside etc.

I use Chuck Taylor's (kind of) for deadlifts. I tried deadlift slippers but they don't work for sumos. My deadlift shoes are cheap sports direct Dunlop versions of converse. They were 13 quid and are perfect.

I use adidas sambas for benching. I'm very fussy and it means carrying a lot of shoes about!

I second the adidas base singlet. Much better than my strength shop one. And the socks I got from strength shop and they're great.

Otherwise yes book a comp asap you'll love it. I've tried to retire twice, lol, and still havent managed it. In reality I'm looking forward to decades of comps ahead.

Divisional comps aren't about placings. It's a nice treat on the end if you get a trophy but really everyone is there for PB's and are all in it to support each other. Can't wait for mine!
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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2015, 10:52:31 PM »

On the belt subject I would really encourage you to get yourself a good proper powerlifting belt. For 2 reasons..firstly you need to train in what your going compete in and most bodybuilding belt are wider than 4inch at the widest point, have padding in them or have Velcro buckles.

Also a proper 10mm belt will give you a lot more protection where it's needed which is the front of your abdominal wall.

There is a great German site that does nice Inzer belts called http://hantel-hartmann.de should you fancy one. Very fast delivery and good prices.

For the shoes that subject has been pretty much summed up, you really need to try them and see how you get on. I need them for fronts but like flat shoes for back squats but anecdotally pretty much all of the best squatters I have seen in person use an olympic shoes.
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« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2015, 11:25:31 AM »

Thanks fellas, I appreciate all the advice!

So I guess my next steps are:
- identify a comp and have some kind of training plan towards it (although I really would just be doing it for experience, so as long as I can lift something on the day and don't hurt myself, I don't mind!)
- find somewhere to try on shoes (?)
- buy shoes, belt
- buy or borrow singlet
- make sure I make weight (!)

Let the gainz begin!
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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2015, 12:12:14 PM »

trying on shoes if a weightlifting shoe is virtually impossible!

some guidance

do wins - good for wider feet, get size down from regular footwear. cheap but great shoes if your not fashion conscious

adidas - get same  size as normal footwear - narrow so if you have wide feet will not be comfy. a decent variety to choose from (five variants?)

nike - get same size as normal footwear, better for wider feet people - not as much choice and high entry point
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« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2015, 12:13:51 PM »

also if its first comp don't worry about weight class - weigh in whatever you feel comfy at and enjoy whatever class you are in
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