Your First Weightlifting Competition
One of the great things about weightlifting is the accessibility of competition, especially more recently—with essentially no barrier to entry for local meets, anyone of any age and ability can go compete.
However, this availability of weightlif... Continue reading
Tapering for Olympic Weightlifting Competition
All the fancy, productive training in the world doesn’t mean much if you can’t put it all together in competition and demonstrate the ability you’ve developed whe... Continue reading
Ask Greg: Dealing with Chaotic Warm-up Rooms in Competition
Patricia Asks: I recently competed in a meet where everything was super hectic. The warm-up room only had 4 platforms (there were 26 lifters in my session), there were children run... Continue reading
Weightlifting Weight Classes: Tweeners Should Go Up (Mostly)
Over the years, lots of weightlifters have asked me for advice about which weight class they should compete in. They tell me their bodyweight status, the class they’re curren... Continue reading
How To Compete in Weightlifting Meets With 1,000 Lifters
Weightlifting meets look like Woodstock now. The Masters World Championship is getting 900+ entries. The American Open Series 3 meet in Las Vegas has 1,600+ entries. Small local me... Continue reading
How Much Should/Can You Compete in Weightlifting?
You can break competitive weightlifters into two big categories: Those who love to compete, and those who don’t. I realize it sounds odd to talk about competitive weightlifte... Continue reading
Important Lessons for National Competition
The 2017 National Championships just wrapped up in Chicago last weekend, and since I skipped writing an article for the week because of it, I figured I’d better write an article about it as penance. The following are some lessons I think are important fo... Continue reading
Quit Talking About Your Opener Like It’s The Only Lift You’re Planning To Make
I went to the American Open Series One meet in Reno last week to coach my team of lifters, and let me tell you something… I heard a lot of comments in the warmup room that t... Continue reading
Sticking to the Plan & Calling Audibles in Weightlifting Competition
I like plans, structure, routine and patterns. I’m a bit like Rainman—if I don’t get home in time to watch Wapner, I’m going to lose my shit.
Howev... Continue reading
How Do You Choose Openers & Attempts for Weightlifting Competition?
We posted an article last week about how to handle the final week leading into a weightlifting competition, and it generated some questions about how to choose openers and attempts... Continue reading