A woman at my gym told her that all the other women were super friendly and supportive at her first meet...until she lifted more than them, and suddenly nobody wanted to talk to her anymore.
I think choosing warmups and openers depends a lot on what your goals are, and what helps your confidence as you compete. If your opener is low enough, it’s not going to be a big deal to do it twice. I decided I preferred that mental/emotional comfort over possibly saving a tiny bit of fatigue. Read more
I’m not judging anyone, or worried about somebody on drugs beating me. It’s just helpful to know what’s what, so that if you do intend to eventually compete in, say, Nationals, you know that you’re on the right pathway.
Aww, thank you! I’m glad you’re feeling inspired! Big things in your future I bet :)
It really doesn’t :) Asymmetrical lifts can be a good way to work your back and core, and really develop that ability—which, as you mentioned, is important!—to counter any rotation and to keep the load even. Jefferson deadlifts are another.
I don’t think it’s unusual for a gym to have a variety of bars, including a women’s bar or something similar. Mine doesn’t, so I’m a little jealous :) As you noticed, it can be handy for lighter lifts, especially for somebody who is just beginning and finds 45lb too heavy to work with. In any case, weigh it!
Agreed. Or bring it out to the main gym! Moving the scale literally did not occur to me until AFTER I carried a super heavy trap bar up to the scale at the front desk.
Good answer! People also sometimes like flex in a deadlift bar so that the weights don’t fully leave the ground until a second after you start pulling.
oh, awesome! Definitely let us know how it goes.