I have competed in almost too many meets in my short powerlifting career. Most of the meets I competed in were within the first 2 years of powerlifting, before I had any sort of coaching. Navigating the powerlifting world on my own meant that I have made almost every mistake in the book. You will make mistakes when you first start competing. Luckily for my clients, I won’t let them make the really stupid ones. Here are some things that I wish I knew when I first started competing.