Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 3 – Final Meet Prep Phase

Chris is making final preparations leading into his powerlifting meet. Getting gear ready, picking his target numbers, and most importantly fasting so that he makes his weight class.


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Final Meet Prep Phase

This last week is all about winding down leading into the meet so there is very little in the way of actual lifting to report on. I did have to deadlift again, which normally I try not to do for the three weeks leading into the meet. Typically I’ll just work up to my opening lifts and then do minimal if any assistance work.

Outside of training my focus is on getting everything staged so that I can make my weight class. This involves an increase in water intake for two weeks along with an increase in salt intake. I will reduce both leading into weigh-ins and generally have it timed so that I make weight by a quarter-pound.

My normal diet involves a fasting period every day. Leading into the meet I continue with these methods but also drop out nearly all carbs for 3-14 days depending on where my weight is. This allows for some additional weight loss from the glycogen depletion, as well as a super-compensation post weigh-ins that gives me a boost of extra glycogen stores on meet day.


30min stretching and mobility work

Bench Press




Add the old school Inzer blast shirt


This shirt doesn’t give me much support and there is also significant concern that it may rip wide open when I use it, so I set my bench opener low enough that if the shirt rips on me I can just finish the lift regardless.







Add suit



Add knee wraps


Nice and easy and felt very solid. I do need to work on taking it down faster so that I get some rebound out of that polyester suit. The faster you drop the more responsive it becomes on the way up.


No warmup


Now time to rest up and get physically and mentally prepared for some fun. In all seriousness this is the part I hate the most about competing. I hate slowing down my training but I know the results it yields on competition day.

Here is a picture of the 803. For those not familiar with looking at a wide stance squat from the front, it looks much different than a narrow stance in appearance of depth. The 3D visibility of hip position doesn’t transfer well with the wide stance, making them appear higher than they are. Not making any excuses, just a quick explanation for those outside of powerlifting who may not be aware of this.