Proper Approach to Weightlifting Competition
Approaching competition can be very stressful for a beginner or experienced lifter without proper planning. Competition requires you to get out of your comfort zone in several different areas, which can disrupt your mindset. Having a plan in place keeps your m... Continue reading
The Last Two Meets I've Lifted In: Dealing with Imperfect Competition Conditions
I’ve lifted in two meets over the last four weeks. Normally I would never compete twice in such a short time span, but I’m getting knee surgery in July and I wanted to ... Continue reading
Weightlifting Competition Anxiety...It Never Goes Away
You’re a weightlifter at a national championship. It’s the night before you compete, and you’re alone in your hotel room. These are the thoughts that go through y... Continue reading
Weightlifting Competition Etiquette
Back in the 1980’s one of my most diligent athletes was Mike Regnier, who was not only lifting but working on a neuroscience Ph.D at the same time. In spite of the heavy time demands, Mike rarely missed training sessions. One day he brought his then girl... Continue reading
Dos and Don'ts of Meet Day: Weightlifting Competition Preparation
These are the do’s and don’ts of what to do and not do on meet day that I have either watched or experienced myself over the years.
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The Mental Switch: Prepare Yourself for Competition
All great athletes have a mental switch, and it should be your goal to get one too.
Think of a light switch in your house. You flip it, and the lights turn on. Pretty simple, ri... Continue reading
Dilemmas of Competition and Retirement
I love it when I read things that get me thinking, because that’s when I get ideas for stuff to write.
One of the recent posts on this blog was from my friend Aimee Anaya Everett Fergie Madonna Spears, and one of the big questions in it was ... Continue reading
Trust and the Art of Weightlifting Competition
“Uh, odds are they are probably basic white, cotton, underpants. But I sort of think well maybe they're silk panties, maybe it's a thong. Maybe it's something rea... Continue reading
Cutting Bodyweight for Weightlifting without Fatigue & Performance Loss
I said I would follow up on this topic a couple weeks ago, so I'm going to do it today before I forget and someone gets mad at me.
I think of the weight dropping issue as tw... Continue reading
Bodyweight & Weightlifting Competition
One of the obvious questions in a sport with bodyweight categories is which category to compete in. This will vary among athletes and sports. The scheduling of weigh-ins is probably the biggest determining factor in how dramatically an athlete can play with hi... Continue reading