How To Pick Your Competition Weight Class In Olympic Weightlifting

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Whether you are brand new to Olympic weightlifting or are a seasoned veteran training for Nationals, if you have dreams of competing it is critical to know your competition weight class. The International Weightlifting Federation announced the highly anticipated change to the male and female weight classes and for Olympic weightlifters around the world, the decision to go up a weight class or down has been left in question.

In response to our athletes at California Strength being faced with the same question, we came up with a solution. We have analyzed six key parameters to provide you with the weight class category that is best for you.

Key Quiz Parameters

  1. Relative Strength

  2. Technical Efficiency

  3. Age

  4. Body Composition

  5. Competitive Opportunities

Click the button below to take our quiz and receive your personalized and detailed Weight Class recommendation from USAW Senior International Coach Dave Spitz himself!


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Dave Spitz is the owner of California Strength and has over 15 years of programming experience coaching multiple National Champions and International Medalists in Olympic Weightlifting, top CrossFit Games Athletes and runs a NFL Scouting Combine Prep Class that has produced over 20 NFL Draft Picks including Superbowl Tight Ends Zach Ertz and Austin Hooper.

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