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    (Original post by LavenderBlueSky88)
    I’m just seeing how it goes at the moment, I’m no where near competing level especially for my weight class (only managed a 100kg deadlift today for 1 rep) . I’d love to do a meet one day though just to see if I could get through it!
    Nah, I'm a bit over 60kg usually so not spectacular for my weight class or anything either.
    If you're at uni, join your uni's powerlifting club if you have one! Competing is very different to training so it helps to get a feel for it in a less formal setting than an actual comp. The British Unis comps at the end of March/beginning of April each year are also fairly chill and many people who don't train all that much also join in. In my uni's club, we have about 6 girls including me who actually train regularly and consistently but 12 girls from the uni signed up!
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    (Original post by LavenderBlueSky88)
    My bench is an embarrassment.

    Deadlifts and squats I can get some progress in but bench just doesn’t change. Can barely manage 35kg for 1 rep - even when I was 6kg heavier than I am now it’s never seen higher than that.

    Are some people just cursed with a pathetic upper body?

    Not overly keen on gaining weight (not a significant amount anyway). Is it possible to increase strength other than gaining mass?
    Hello, I was benching today and realized how amazing leg drive is.

    Are you utilizing leg drive?

    For me its when I pull my legs as back as possible with the heal on the ground. Then when I push the bench up I squeeze my legs and glute and it gives me extra power.
 
 
 
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