Now that the SC state meet roster is full, it might be a good time to address some things for the new to USAPL lifter. With the rise in popularity of raw powerlifting, it has become somewhat of a challenge just to make the meet roster. A two platform meet is a rather large undertaking, considering the people who run these meets volunteer their time. If you didn’t make the roster, come out anyway. You may be able to help, and in doing so, you will be helping promote USAPL in South Carolina. Remember, every pound that is lifted on meet day, is first lifted by a loader or spotter.
To our new lifters, when you step on that platform, you will more than likely lift just as you train. Now, it’s probably safe to assume that you have trained hard, and that you have expectations of your performance. Please, don’t cheat yourself by not listening to the commands of the lift, or cutting your squat short. If you start before the “start” command in the bench, or “squat” command in the squat, it’s a no lift. Whether you move the weight or not, if you miss any of the commands of the lift, it will be a no lift.
In these last few weeks, get your training partners and or coaches to call the lifts for you. In the bench, take the hand out and hold for a “start” command. Take the bar to your chest, hold it motionless and get a “press” command. Hold it at the lockout and get a “rack” command. In the squat, walk it out and set it up quick. The head judge is watching the side judges to signal that you are set, steady, and have control of the weight. The longer you take to set up, the longer it will take to get the “squat” command. When you get the squat command, you have to descend until the upper most part of your thigh at the hip, goes below the top of the knee. The side judges will be looking at your hip crease and drawing a line to the top of the knee. Once it has gone below, you have broken parallel. Nothing more is needed, and nothing less will be acceptable. If you are squatting high in training, you will more than likely squat high when you hit the platform. This is where your training partners really need to be honest with you, and you with yourself. Parallel, is not acceptable depth in USAPL!
Use these last couple of weeks to make yourself technically sound and know, that when you step on that platform and make your attempt, that you have made it in one of the most respected powerlifting federations out there. Good luck to all, train hard, and we will see you on the platform!