First Powerlifting Competition – What do I need?

I had the pleasure this year to put on the very first GPC-GB Nodumbelles Women’s Open Powerlifting competition. It is the 2nd Nodumbelles competition I have run but this is the first 3 lift and federation affiliated comp. Both competitions were hosted (as will future ones) to encourage new and novices female lifters onto platform. I just love organising stuff. If I wasn’t in the business of big and strong my next choice of career would be event organising, so I am a pretty happy chump whenever I get to combine the two.

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Deadliftng at my first ever powerlifting competition Feb 2011

I am also kind of a list keeper because I am forgetful. This apparently is because I am strong, and a  scientist told me that, so I am taking it as my excuse for being a tad dim sometimes (Thanks Polley!) I remember not really knowing what to take to my first competition and just kind of winging it, which I do A LOT! I basically took everything! And then some more! And didn’t take other stuff that I never knew I would need. As I did more comps I managed to refine what I need to take to cover all eventualities. We actually managed to go to the WPC Worlds in Prague last year with only hand luggage for 2 lifters. I am still a tad unsure how this happened.

There was also a ton of stuff that I didn’t know about the whole procedure of entering a powerlifting competition. I was pretty lucky to have some really experienced lifter friends who helped me muddle through. To be honest though, I was in blissful ignorance. I am pretty sure this is the case for most first time lifters. So I thought I would share a little list that I compiled for the lifters at the Women’s Open. I hope you found it as useful as they did (I think lol).

Now not all items will apply to everyone and you can of course add in your own personal stuff but I think it is a pretty could starting point for any level of lifter.

POWERLIFTING COMPETITION CHECKLIST

1.      Athlete Responsibility

Send of entry forms with correct payment.
Ensure all membership subscriptions are up to date.
Obtain a current copy of the federation rules. AND READ THEM
Book time off work if necessary.
Confirm weigh-in times & location.
Make all necessary travel & accommodation arrangements.
Confirm arrangements for coach or handler.
Locate venue.
Check qualifying totals/records if necessary.

2.      KIT BAG

Leotard
2 T-shirts
Knee socks
Squat Shoes
Deadlift Shoes
Belt
Wrist Wraps
Knee Wraps
Knee Sleeves
Squat Suit
Bench Shirt
Briefs
Chalk
Nose Torque/Smelling Salts
Talc
Towel
Slip On or plastic bags for squat suit & bench shirt
Baggy sweat pants
Zip fronted hoodie.

3.      Support Bag

Food
Water
Membership Card
Plasters & tape
Painkillers
Muscle Rub
Cold Spray
Electrolytes
Scissors
Copy of Federation Rules
Copy of Qualifying Totals/Records
MP3 Player & earphones

4.      ON THE DAY

Turn up on time for weigh in
Have you openers to give in at weigh in
Have your kit ready to be checked if there is a kit check
Check your flight and flight schedule.
Locate where you will be lifting and the warm up areas.
Set any rack heights that you will be requiring.
Locate toilets and changing rooms
Find an area to leave your kit etc
Talk through your plan with you coach/handler
HAVE FUN

 

Peace Out

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