Select Your Powerlifting Openers Like a Pro

The simplest rule to follow to add 10% or more to your powerlifting total.

One of THE most common mistakes I see at meets is a botched first attempt (opener).

So many lifters open too heavy and either:

  •  end up too heavy too soon where they end up needing to take their attempts too close together which fatigues them too much for a quality third; or
  • Miss their opener and spend the rest of their attempts doing damage control

As one of my early mentors in the sport once told me:

“Your opener should be a weight you can hit for an easy triple on a bad day… with a cold”

At the end of the day, nobody remembers your opener unless you miss it.

A good rule of thumb is to open with ~88-91% of your 1RM to set yourself up for an optimal 3rd attempt.

Have you ever missed a first attempt at a meet? Let me know in the comments below.

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