Meet week, last session, light bench press

190 lifters over three days

I got my final session in tonight and now I just get to concentrate on resting until the bench press competition Friday morning and my three-lift session on Saturday evening.

Everything done tonight was just to keep things moving.  Three sets of three with 275 in the bench  was enough to keep the rust off without actually impacting my recovery capacity.

The meet this weekend is going to be huge for a Provincial Championship.  Last year's Classic Provincials was big but there will be approximately 50 more lifters in this meet.  The immense size of this meet reflects the growth of the popularity of unequipped powerlifting competition.  The size of this meet is even more impressive when one considers the Ontario Powerlifting Association has qualifying totals for their Provincial Championships.  While they're still relatively accessible if one is in one of the age group categories (sub jr, jr, masters), to qualify as an Open competitor requires some decent lifting approx a 364 wilks for men and 307 for women.

This differs from the philosophy behind the USAPL's National Raw Championships where they only just recently instituted qualifying totals at the National level (none at the state level that I'm aware of) but at a level much, much, lower than the OPA or the CPU has ever required.  That Ontario is attracting so many competitors for their Classic Championships despite challenging qualifying standards bodes well for the future growth of powerlifting competition.

Bench Press:  all reps paused, 135x5, 225x5, 275x3, 275x3, 275x3

Seated cable row:  140x10, 140x10, 140x10

Leg extension:  140x10, 140x10, 140x10

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