Barry Kinsella of the excellent blog Weightlifting Epiphanies is on a weightlifting journey - literally. One place it took him recently was Sacramento. There he interviewed the amazing Jim Schmitz. I followed Jim's program and am a huge fan, so this is a real treat. Thanks, Barry and Jim!
Now we should all kick in for a tripod for Barry.
Labels: fitness: Olympic lifts
From Lauren Kott's article Life Lessons from Lifting, published in in Milo about nine years ago. I got it from a reflective article by Chip Conrad on the Bodytribe blog.
To me, lifting has been meditation, salvation, and sanctuary. When I have been able to count on very little else in my life, the weights have been there. They are a constant in a life full of variables. Yesterday, today and next year, one hundred pounds will always be one hundred pounds. How that weight feels to me might be different over time. But the weights themselves are steadfast and abiding.
There is so much fight a lifter must possess that naturally translates into the rest of your life. I call it "lifting from your soul." At times there is something more than sheer bodily strength that drives the weight up.
From e-how: How to watch Olympic Weightlifting
1. Find an event to attend. Visit the U.S. Weight Lifting website and click on the calendar icon to see a list of events. "You're going to see a dynamic and explosive sport," says Wes Barnett, two-time Olympic weightlifter who is currently training in Colorado Springs for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
2. Understand the rules of Olympic-style weightlifting. "In competition, each lifter gets three lifts in the snatch, which is the first event, and then three lifts in the clean and jerk. The best lift in each is added up and that is how you get your total."
3. Listen to the announcer. "A good announcer will explain whether a lift is good, and also mention what is coming up next," Barnett says. "An announcer can make all the difference in your experience as a spectator."
4. Look for explosive lifts. "Olympic-style weightlifting is all about speed. Watch for the lifters to explode into the lifts as they set themselves. Watch for locked elbows at the finish of the lifts."
5. Keep an eye on the lights on the scoreboard. "As lifters put the weights down, look for the lights on the scoreboard. Three referees will press buttons: a white or green light if it is a good lift or a red light if the lift is not good. Two out of three rules, so if you see at least two white or green lights on the board, you know the lifter will get credit for the lift."
6. Watch the different weight classes. "There are eight different weight classes for male lifters and seven for women," says Barnett. "These are based on the size of the lifters."
7. Don't be afraid to cheer. "Olympic-style weightlifting is a lot of fun. The lifters really get excited when the crowd is into the event."
Don't be confused between weightlifting and powerlifting competitions. Olympic-style weightlifting is a sport that is built around just two different lifts.
Labels: fitness: Olympic lifts