Strengthlifting meet report from the Starting Strength Challenge 2017

First off, I want to say how awesome of an experience it was to finally challenge myself and go to a Strengthlifting Meet.  I learned a lot about myself, my capabilities and just how much the help from family, friends and my coach has really payed off. I also want to give a massive shout out to the Testify Strength and Conditioning folks in Omaha for a super smooth meet. It ran flawlessly not to mention we had the nicest warmup room probably in the history of strengthlifting meets.

The meet consisted of three lifts. Squat, Press and Deadlift. The rules were pretty simple and easy to follow and were consistent across the 8 different gyms in the U.S. that were participating. Each lifter got 3 attempts for each lift and their best of each was totaled for their official results. Before the meet, I worked with my coach to set some conservative goals since this was my first meet. Each first attempt was a number I had already hit in training. There are a couple of reasons for that. The first is that it gave me a sense of confidence for my first meet ever and secondly, it guaranteed me at least one good attempt to get a total for the competition. The second attempt for each lift was a small Personal Record (PR) and each third attempt was a pretty significant PR. We also set an A and B set of 2nd and 3rd attempts depending upon how the previous lift went.

So … Here are my Results:

Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
Squat 125kg/275.6lb 137kg/302lb 143kg/315.3lb
Press 70kg/154.3lb 77kg/169.8lb


Deadlift 175kg/385.8lb 195kg/429.9lb 205kg/451.9lb

The 80kg Press attempt was red lighted for a hitch which you can see in the video below, so only the 77kg attempt counted for my total which ended up being 425. Pretty respectable for a 50 year old guy doing his first meet.

Squat – 143kg


Press – 80kg


Deadlift – 205kg

In conclusion, I have to say that this is the most fun I have had in a long time. The whole weightlifting community seems to be a pretty tight knit group. Everyone at Testify remembered me from the Starting Strength Seminar I attended back in October last year and the cheering you hear from the crowd during the lifts is actually the other lifters. I highly recommend this to anyone trying to get strong. It’s a great place to meet like minded folks and become part of a large community of people who understand that strength is the key to a long healthy and happy life.

Ill post the full results here when they’re published.

Now get out there and set a new PR.


– Marty Curran