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Tuesday, 19 May 2015


During my last term of University (end of January 2014) I started dabbling in Olympic Weightlifting. Finished school,  moved to rural Alberta in April, bought myself a barbell in May (well, then fiance bought it as an amazing present for me). Long story short I fell in love and at the end of this month I have a my first weightlifting meet in Edmonton. I still haven't found a balance between feeling excited and feeling like puking. :)

What is Olympic Weightlifting? Here's is a little excerpt from the Alberta Weightlifting website:
Olympic Weightlifting is a competitive sport in which the athlete attempts to lift a barbell loaded with weights overhead through techniques called the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk (described here). Weightlifting should not be confused with bodybuilding, which focuses on how muscles look and body symmetry. Nor should it be confused with powerlifting, which measures how much one can lift in the bench press, deadlift, and squat. Weightlifting tests the explosive strength of the athlete, and when done properly, the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk are both dynamic and explosive.
Pretty cool, huh? In meets you compete against others in your weight class (I've registered for the 63kg class - so someone who weighs more than 58kg and less than 63kg). The best total (combination of the lifter's best snatch and best clean and jerk) wins (although some meets have medals for best snatch, and best clean and jerk). For my first meet I'm just going to focus on having a positive experience. Shout out to Olympic Power and Fitness located at O'Leary in Edmonton for being so welcoming to me early last year and the past month! Especially Kevin, the head coach. You rock man.

Here's some photos of me today doing a warm-up snatch. I'll probably do another post recapping the meet in a couple weeks! Check out youtube for some videos of people doing weightlifting, its the best!


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