On episode 9, we discuss the 2016 USA Weightlifting Nationals and Olympic Trials. JP Nicolletta, of the weightliftingmindset.com and staff writer for OLIFT Magazine, and myself (Anton Jefferson) publisher and founder of OLIFT Magazine, discuss the meet from two different perspectives. Nicoletta was an official play-by-play commentator at the 2016 USA Weightlifting Nationals and Olympic Trials. I was at home watching online like many others … Continue reading The O, Episode 9 – 2016 Nationals & Olympic Trials Recap
Tommy Kono, the International Weightlifting Federation’s “Lifter of the Century,” overcame numerous challenges during his weightlifting career. Not the least of these was the challenge of training and competing after being drafted into the U.S. Army. In Kono’s first book, Weightlifting, Olympic Style, he explains two very fortunate, and unusual, breaks provided by the Army that maintained his climb toward the international podium. First, while … Continue reading Weightlifting and Military Service In Memory of Tommy Kono and Others
Rip Van Winkle awakening today would be quick to conclude that weightlifting in the U.S. has greatly increased in popularity. One need only look at recent national championship events to see the previously unheard of number of competitors. There are pros and cons to this latest development. Some longtime practitioners of the sport complain meets are too large. Knowing no difference, newcomers may think such … Continue reading Big Numbers at National Championships: Do We Really Need Them?
Lifts. Balance. Ratios. Weightlifting. At every athlete or coach clinic I conduct, one topic that invariably causes participants to drag out some form of calculator is the application of ratios to determine how well balanced a lifterâ€™s performance may be. These figures are well known to most experienced coaches, but are intriguing for newcomers to our sport. Gene Baker, our national coaching coordinator in the … Continue reading Are Your Lifts in Balance? Ratios For Your Performance
As 2015 draws to a close, how will we remember weightlifting in America? What were the significant happenings on and off the platform? It was a record-breaking year for USA Weightlifting. Here are some themes that paint a picture of how big a year it was. Competitions: Bigger Is Better and Better is Better In 2015, virtually all of the USAW’s major events set new … Continue reading 2015 USA Weightlifting Year in Review A record-breaking year for Weightlifting in the United States
First of all, I want to thank OLIFT Magazine for this opportunity. I love what you all are doing for the sport of weightlifting and it’s an honor for me to contribute. -Quinn Henoch 1.Where are you from? I was born in Aurora, Colorado, which is a suburb of Denver. Shortly after, my parents and I moved to the Louisville, KY/southern Indiana area. This is … Continue reading 10 Questions with Dr. Quinn Henoch Founder of Clinical Athlete
The annual IWF World Championships are the most important international weightlifting competitions outside of the Olympics. This year, USA will host the competition the first time since 1984 inside the 853,000 square foot George R. Brown Convention CenterÂ in Houston, Texas. After the competition is all said and done, and all medals are distributed, team points will be calculated and the “best” teams will be crowned. … Continue reading A Look Back: Team Awards for Weightlifting By Harvey Newton
â€‹The weightlifting starâ€™s name is everywhere these days, but why? Sarah Robles is not a shy person. As the events of this week have shown, the 27-year-old Olympian and six-time national champion has yet to release a statement about being placed on the World Team by USA Weightlifting, the governing body of the sport in this country. In case you havenâ€™t been paying attention, hereâ€™s … Continue reading Sarah Robles Is the Woman of the Hour
Editor’sÂ note: Sarah is now on the IWF World Championship start list, and it’s quite controversial. Finally competing again after a two-year suspension for a positive drug test, she totaled 276 kg at last monthâ€™s National University Championships, setting two new American University records (for her total and her 156kg clean and jerk) and winning first place in her weight class and the Best Lifter award. … Continue reading Sarah Robles is Back!
2015 Nationals Preview by David Boffa Iâ€™m currently on I-90 west, barreling down the highway at 80 miles an hour en route to Yellowstone National Park in my first real American Road Trip (I assure you my co-pilot is drivingâ€”Iâ€™m not tapping this out with one hand on the wheel and the other on the keyboard). Accompanying me, in some sense, are dozensâ€”hundreds, reallyâ€”of motorcyclists … Continue reading 2015 Nationals Preview by David Boffa