Here is a revised list of items you may need on the day of a powerlifting meet:
- Singlet: Most powerlifting federations require competitors to wear a singlet, which is a one-piece garment that covers the legs and waist.
- Socks: Specifically bring deadlift socks. Most federations require socks that come to the top of the shin.
- Belt: A weightlifting belt can help support your lower back and core during lifts, and is typically allowed in powerlifting competitions. Read the rule book for your federation to be sure you know what the belt requirements must be.
- Shoes: Wear a pair of shoes that provide good support and traction, such as weightlifting shoes or sneakers with a flat sole.
- Supportive gear: Bring items such as knee wraps, wrist wraps, knee sleeves, and elbow sleeves to provide extra support and protection during heavy lifts. Read the rule book for your federation to be sure you know what the gear requirements must be.
- Chalk: Chalk can help improve your grip on the bar, and is always used in powerlifting competitions. The meet director will most likely have chalk available, but it’s best to bring the chalk your train with and prefer.
- Water: Stay hydrated by bringing a water bottle with you to the meet.
- Meals and Snacks: Prep some meals and pack some healthy snacks, such as fruits, nuts, or protein bars, to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. On the day of the meet, you might not feel like eating much but try at the very least to have 200 to 300 calories for every hour you are active.
- Change of clothes: Bring a change of clothes, including a warm-up suit or sweatpants, to wear between lifts. It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
- Personal care items: Pack any personal care items you may need, such as deodorant, a towel, and a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Meet schedule: Bring a copy of the meet schedule, which will list the schedule, rules, and weight classes for the competition. This will be emailed out 1 to 3 days before a meet. This email might event contain a link to see real-time changes to the schedule.
- Photo ID & Membership Card: At check-in for the weigh-in and gear check you will need to show a photo ID and proof of your membership in the powerlifting federation for that meet.
- Entry fees or Proof of Purchase: Be sure to bring proof of registration or if it’s a same-day registration be sure to bring the registration fees. Bring cash and bring exact change.
- Support: Finally, consider bringing friends or family members to support you and cheer you on during the competition. Not everyone will come to watch, but the meet might have a live feed you can post for your friends to watch.
Overall, the items you bring to a powerlifting meet will depend on your personal preferences and the specific requirements of the competition. Be sure to check the rules and guidelines of the meet and pack accordingly to ensure that you have everything you need for a successful day of lifting.
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