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Old 01-02-2013, 04:07 PM   #1
Michael Vaccaro
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Default Weight classes?

Hey guys. I just signed up and have been searching through the forums here for a little. I have been dedicated to a class 2 weightlifting program for about 3 months or so now and have done one competition. I am normally about 69kg, but am wondering if it would benefit me to drop to the 62kg weight class. Are there any benefits besides the fact I would be a few kilos away from being a class 1 lifter if I dropped weight... I haven't found much about weight classes besides what totals you should have in each and how to program for each (from bob takanos book. Just ordered Greg Everett's book). I really want to start competing more often. Thanks guys.
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:19 AM   #2
Javier Sanjuan
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I would recommend remaining at -69kg. The benefit is the increased ability to recover and strength gains you'll see. From your verbage, it sounds like you're relatively new to the sport. You're going to see incredible gains, both in strength and size, so don't drop weight for immediate results. If this is something you want to continue doing, keep a long-term propsective. Most of all, ENJOY the experience!

Before I started weightlifting and then competing, I was a wrestler. I loved the sport; needless to say, I was always cutting weight. Regardless of my passion for the sport, I was physically, emotionally, and mentally drained as the season progressed. I couldn't be happier now with the opportunity to focus on strength gains and, if mass comes as a result (which it is and will continue to do so), then so be it. I started as a -94kg (weighing roughly 91-93 kg naturally), then began a dedicated program that bumped me up to -105kg while naturally weighing 103kg. Your weight shouldn't determine if you should compete. The experience you'll gain from competing is much more valuable as you progress in the sport.

My additional advice would be to eat as cleanly as possible -- you want the weight gain to be good weight, not lard.

I hope this helps you.

Javier A. Sanjuan
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:13 AM   #3
Michael Vaccaro
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Thanks for the response. I wanted to hear that. Just wasn't sure. I've always played lacrosse. Never needed to worry about weight classes! I usually eat very clean on a vegan diet, but sometimes I'll have some meat. Like I said I have been doing olympic style weightlifting for 3 months religiously and have made some nice gains. Just need to fine tune technique. Once again. Thanks for the information.

Mike V.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:42 PM   #4
Thomas Brenden
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My initial reaction to this was to lift in whichever weight class you lift the most weight in... Too simple? Ha
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:19 PM   #5
Michael Vaccaro
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Haha I agree. I read into things to much so I was just wondering what others thoughts were on dropping weight classes. I think it will be more rewarding for my to stay at 69 but I think I could lean out a bit more and make it in the 62
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:05 PM   #6
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Well, some of it may depend on your goals and your current numbers. If, for example, you are trying to qualify for a national meet, being a 62 could be a HUGE advantage. The QT for 2013 Nationals is 184 for 62s and 219 for the 69s. This is why one of my female lifters cut to 48. QT for the AO was 91 for 48s and 118 for 53s. That's, um, significant.
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