USAPL Minnesota State Open

SideSteel Posts: 11,068 Member
edited February 2015 in Social Groups
Sara and I competed this weekend in the USAPL Minnesota State Open. This was my first full powerlifting meet and I was excited and nervous as FUARK. I was injured several times last year from random things and it prevented me from getting on the platform.

I have a lot of thoughts about this, but we made a few videos for you to watch instead.

Sara was awesome on the platform, great at teaching me the finer points of powerlifting (timing the warmups, rules, remembering to set my next attempts, etc) and as an aside, she's just an awesome friend and she is now helping my wife with the kids. Amazing.

Anyways, you can check out the videos here:

NOTE: I posted my second bench attempt twice by mistake, so you don't see my opener.


  • Sarauk2sf
    Sarauk2sf Posts: 28,072 Member
    In I suppose :p
  • sun_fish
    sun_fish Posts: 864 Member
    This is awesome.
  • Liftng4Lis
    Liftng4Lis Posts: 15,150 Member
    Wow! Thanks for sharing, you two are amazing!
  • Markguns
    Markguns Posts: 554 Member
    Great Work!
  • jenglish712
    jenglish712 Posts: 497 Member
  • SideSteel
    SideSteel Posts: 11,068 Member
    zachbonner wrote: »
    the bar goes down at the same time as the judge's arm, that's bull

    It's possible that I got red lighted for a different reason but I can't think of what it might be.

  • myfelinepal
    myfelinepal Posts: 13,000 Member
  • DopeItUp
    DopeItUp Posts: 18,771 Member
    SideStreet sounds super sexy with his cold.

    Extra homo.
  • Wow! Really, really great job to both of you!
  • adjoa84
    adjoa84 Posts: 261 Member
    Yeah Patrick, I also think you went down the same time as the command not before. Do the judges not have to give a reason as to why they give you red lights?
  • adjoa84
    adjoa84 Posts: 261 Member
    and thanks for posting this! Really great to be able to watch some pros :-)
  • Awesome job at showing us how its done! Congratulations!
  • Wheelhouse15
    Wheelhouse15 Posts: 5,589 Member
    Congrats both on a great comp!
  • kylajn
    kylajn Posts: 2 Member
    Wow - you both looked great!
  • TR0berts
    TR0berts Posts: 7,739 Member
  • scooterjay_wwis
    scooterjay_wwis Posts: 120 Member
    Great job at the meet.
  • xcalygrl
    xcalygrl Posts: 1,897 Member
    Awesome job you two!!
  • CarlydogsMom
    CarlydogsMom Posts: 645 Member
    Really interesting viewing for this newbie. Thanks. Say, do you think you (both/either of you) could've achieved your PRs if they were the 2nd lift instead of the 3rd? Or do you absolutely need to do warm up/lift 1/lift 2/attempt PR? I don't know how these competitions work at all...sorry in advance if this is a silly question.

    I also have to get better at translating KGs to lbs/vice versa...I was like "391 pounds, WTH?" till I realized it was all in KGs....

    I was also amazed at how quickly one does the deadlift. Down, grab bar, lift; boom. I still have to position, ensure grip, check form--feet, back, elbows, etc etc. Obviously a work in progress. Thanks for posting!