If this is your first weightlifting meet, I would not worry about making a weight cut. Instead, go into the competition feeling comfortable and ready to focus your energy on making all of your lifts. If you are planning a weight cut, make sure to bring plenty of fluids as well as a nutrient dense snack to replenish your body before the competition begins.
We have all probably seen it by now… a snatch missed behind or an unstable jerk that leads to the very scary hyperextended elbow. Why is this more commonly seen in female weightlifters? Well it turns out that females are more susceptible to this type of injury due to our specific anatomy.
Leg strength, leg strength, leg strength... and great shoulder mobility and terrific overall stability. These three things are required for anyone who looks to compete in Olympic weightlifting using the Squat Jerk technique. What the Squat Jerk may remove in technical complexity (compared to the more common Split Jerk), it more than makes up for in brute strength and physical requirements.
This year we had the amazing opportunity to send SIX stunning women to compete for and represent California Strength at the 2016 National Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah. The lineup included a number of individual medalists and one lady in Olympic Trial portion of the meet! We came together as a team that weekend and learned so much, bringing our friendship closer than ever before.
What do I have that the boys don’t besides great hair, good hygiene, awesome personality, brains, common sense... Eventually we thought to work with my hormones and, that’s right, MY PERIOD. After some research and some testing, we had success with timing my training progressions and deloads with my menstrual cycle.
During my preparation for the 2016 Open, we needed to increase strength while maintaining my metabolic capacity, and the solution was adding The Barbell WOD programming to my training arsenal. The Barbell WOD provided a spotlight focus on my Olympic weightlifting while still allowing me to recover enough to complete my daily Metcons. The strength that I gained as a result of the programming has had a huge impact on increasing my 1RM's in the Olympic lifts and building CrossFit-specific strength in barbell cycling.
I fell in love with the most impossible, monotonous, soul-destroying sport and I wasn’t going to give up. I sat down with Dave and discussed what we could do differently to get my heiny off the plateau and back to climbing the Mount Everest of kilos. With some research, we altered my program to accommodate the physiology of small women. After three months of testing, I finally PR’d and by a considerable amount. Just like that, I felt like I was back on track with the rest of the best 48’s in the nation...
Daily body maintenance with a focus on preventative care if key. Most overuse injuries are often the result of what were originally smaller aches and paints that manifest overtime into common weightlifting ailments (ex. Patelar Tendonitis, Shin Splints, Elbow Tendonitis).