Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Avoiding The Most Common (Non-Technical) Mistakes Weightlifters Make

Have you ever not been happy with a lift and said aloud “that sucked?” Was the bar still in your hands? As weightlifters we are a self-critical group. Especially on rough nights. We think we’re being analytical but often we’re just beating ourselves up over minor stuff. For many of us it is a natural…

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Seeing Red

Can wearing a red singlet in competition give you a slight (emphasis intentional) competitive edge? Believe it or not there is some scientific basis that says it might.  I’m not talking about the pseudoscience of chromotherapy (aka color therapy) to treat ailments or illness with color but more specifically a study conducted during the 2004 Athens Olympics that…

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The Only Answer is “Yes, I’m good to go!”

Usually intended to start a conversation or simply acknowledge you are there “What’s up?”, “How’s it going?” etc. are examples of simple questions we get asked every day. Moving around a venue or sitting outside a weigh-in room everyone runs into acquaintances and talks. At a competition these simple questions change to some variation of  “Are you…

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The Other Power Position: Influence Your Competition

Weightlifters daydream about lifting weights.  Retired weightlifters still daydream about lifting but add in unique twists.  Here’s what I mean.  Recently, while zoning out during a meeting I started to ponder the seating arrangement of the conference room and I found myself thinking about a competition warm up room. If you are familiar with weightlifting technique you…

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The Spotlight Effect

Competitors at the USAW Nationals earlier this month likely noticed the blinding power of the spotlights set up inside the ballroom of the Grand America hotel. With a packed house nearly every session and record high webcast viewership the spotlight was literally shining down on the best lifters in the USA like never before but here’s the thing…

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The Living Legend

Ok. This one is for fun and since I’ve long believed this guy will go viral at some point I feel its my duty to promote the cause. In this sport I’ve met people who literally cannot be explained to non-weightlifters.   Eric “The Viking”, Dan “Red Rage” Dillon, Sean Waxman, some dude (I forgot his name) who…

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