Weightlifting 101: What Everyone Needs To Know Before Competing

Weightlifting 101: What Everyone Needs To Know Before Competing

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.

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The Achilles Heel of the Female Weightlifter

The Achilles Heel of the Female Weightlifter

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.

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The Squat Jerk: What does it take?

The Squat Jerk: What does it take?

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.

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Strictly for the Ladies

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.

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