Since we've had a few newer members who are into Powerlifting and more and more members who are making the switch I thought I would put together a thread to help. I'm not the most knowledgeable, so it's mostly going to be links to threads on here about powerlifting, equipment, and some current and old logs. If anyone has anything to add please do, and if there are any questions please ask (I will not answer them, but I'm sure one of our more experienced members will). First and Foremost: What is Powerlifting? Powerlifting is an individualized sport in which competitors attempt to lift as much weight as possible for one repetition in the squat, bench press, and deadlift. Each lifter is placed into a specific division and classified by several variables including weight class, age group, and experience level. Further subdivisions are made between what's known as "geared" and "raw" power lifters, indicating whether the individual is wearing supportive equipment during the competition or not. Competitions are generally all-day events that begin with the squat, progress to the bench press, and conclude with the deadlift. Every lifter is allowed three attempts at each lift, making for a total of nine competition lifts throughout the day. Three officials serve as judges and collectively decide whether a lift is considered "good" or "bad." Judges indicate their decisions by a panel of red and white lights (white indicating a "good" lift, red indicating a "bad" lift) displayed after each attempt. Two or three white lights are sufficient for a good lift while one or fewer means a bad lift. At the end of the day, awards are presented to the lifters with the highest squat, bench press, deadlift, and total within their division. A lifter's "total" is determined by the sum of their best lifts and the individual with the highest total is considered the all-around strongest lifter in their division. Powerlifting: The Definitive Guide | T Nation First, a link for beginners (like me): The Beginner's Guide to Powerlifting: Everything You’ll Ever Need to Know about Competing If you're looking for a meet near you: Powerlifting Watch | Covering the World of Powerlifting Bodybuilding vs. Powerlifting: Bodybuilding vs Powerlifting | MESO-Rx Forum Some exercises with descriptions: Descriptions of Powerlifting Exercise | MESO-Rx Forum Current Logs (as of 13 Dec 2015): First cycle log and meet prep | MESO-Rx Forum The road to 1500.. | MESO-Rx Forum Rob's log part 2 (gonna take a crack at PLing) | MESO-Rx Forum Log Doc | MESO-Rx Forum Some finished logs: Jay Max Log (Switching from BB to PL and a place to BS) | MESO-Rx Forum MP's PL Meet Training Log- 3rd Edition | MESO-Rx Forum brutus79 and jballz get swole | MESO-Rx Forum Take Two- MP's Meet Training Log | MESO-Rx Forum MP's PL Meet Training Log | MESO-Rx Forum Equipment Questions: The cheapest weightlifting shoes around. | MESO-Rx Forum weight lifting belts | MESO-Rx Forum Favorite Wrist Wraps - Which ones have you tried? | MESO-Rx Forum This should be a good start for anyone. I have some more I plan on adding later(as I've said I am NOT the SME at Meso about powerlifting). It's almost 2016 fellas (and female fellas), never a better time to make a switch. Stop just worrying about looking good and just lift some heavy sh*t!