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    How do the Divisions in a powerlifting meet work?

    I understand that they divide it up into weight classes, but in my mind, i think they should also divide it up into height classes (if they dont' already)

    A 5'6 185 pounder is going to have a definite advantage over a 6' 185 lifter. .Of course i understand that it's about competition and that not EVERYTHING is gonna be completely fair, but if there was a near deadlock between a 5'2 180 pounder who can bench 350 and a 5'11" 180 pounder who can bench 340, how are they judged.. the 5'2 dude is obviously gonna be large as ****, while the 6 footer will actually be a bit light for his height. but then again, that would probably be a matter of body fat and since this isn't bodybuilding i suppose that's a moot point.. so i dont' really know my position on this.. i was just wondering what you guys thought about the height/weight difference for powerlifters??

    Aside from curiosity I ask because i'm considering hitting up a meet somewhere down teh line as soon as I bring up my core lifts a lot more..
    Here are my stats, obviously they aren't up to par with powerlifting, i don't intend to go far in it, i just want to do a meet and see how i do and enjoy.. I'll probably try and look into it in summer of 05 so that gives me a full year and then some..

    18 years old
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    Bench - 265
    Deadlift - 315 (repped 5 times last week, unsure about max)
    Squat - 215 (pathetic I know, needs to be upped by at LEAST 100 pounds in the next year)

    any follow up and suggestions are appreciated. peace
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    its only by weight, height is somewhat irrelevent because bodyparts grow according to height. or so i hear.....
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    There's no such thing as being too tall for your weight. There's only being too skinny for your height. If you're 6' and competing at 165: get more mass.
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    not trying to knock you, but taht's not all too great of an argument..

    all i'm saying is taht it seems kind of weird that they'd separate people by weight.. and a 6' 185 pounder could end up in the same class as a 5'4" 185 pounder..

    whatever.. anyone else have any answers or advice, or is everyone too busy arguing in the "point of powerlifting" thread? heh.
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    thats just how it happens. i am around 6'0 190, and i want to compete in the 181 class, i know i cant compete against the 5'2 181's, but i can still try. Tall people have all the advantages in life, let the shorter people have powerlifting
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    Short people have the advantage in bench & squat but tall people have the advantage in deadlifts.
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    Originally posted by Hypersion
    Short people have the advantage in bench & squat but tall people have the advantage in deadlifts.
    no they dont!!! short people with long arms(me ) have the advantage in deadlift......
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