Becoming a State Champion Powerlifter, part 2: Meet Prep and the Championship


Footage from the meet (video: Cherry Duong)

On February 11, 2012, I competed in my first powerlifting meet and became a state champion and current record holder in my division. This is a 3-part series on my adventures in powerlifting from Feb 2009 – Feb 2012. The first post talks about how I got into the sport. The second post covers more details on training and the day of the meet. The third post is on lessons learned and what’s next.

Hot baths & cold food…simulating meets at home

Recognizing that environment matters, I familiarized myself with meet conditions to avoid bewilderment day of. The first step was actually going to a USAPL meet as a spectator. We stopped by one early 2011 and made a few observatons: Continue reading

Becoming a State Champion Powerlifter, part 1: My Start in the Art of Strength

On February 11, 2012, I competed in my first powerlifting meet and became a state champion and current record holder in my division. This is a 3-part series on my adventures in powerlifting from Feb 2009 – Feb 2012. The first post talks about how I got into the sport. The second post covers more details on training and the day of the meet. The third post is on lessons learned and what’s next.

347 lbs at 123 lbs bodyweight. A triple bodyweight deadlift was out of reach…for now.

The start of my iron addiction

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