- RE:My Fitness Journal
- October 22, 2010 10:52 PM
Glad to have so many people following along.
To answer your questions gymclass, I train 5-6 days a week. Most days I just lift in the morning, but these past couple weeks I have been implementing a second workout in the evenings at least two days a week. I am definitely not a professional. I would have to lift much more weight and workout much more to even think about that level of lifting. Everyday is journey. I do not know where this sport will take me, or how strong I will become, but it sure would be nice to compete in a big competition with the professionals. At this point in my training, I am capable of totaling the requirement that is needed to compete at a National meet. For my weight class, the total requirement of snatch plus clean and jerk is 141kg. In training, I have totaled 146kg, 5kg more. I just need to actually do it in a local competition for it to go on record.
I would say at this point in my lifting with no coach and having to work full time, I am doing it for a number of reasons. I do not think I could say that I am just doing it for fun. I think that the biggest reason I am doing it is not only to see where it will take me and to stay in shape, but that I am very competitive. I love competition and being able to compete in a sport. Coming from a college sports background, I just cannot stand to do nothing. I have to compete, stay fit, workout, and sweat. It’s part of my nature. Also, I chose Olympic lifting rather than bodybuilding or fitness because I already had a background in the lifts from playing college sports. At my college, we had to do alot of the basic motions of the lifts and squats to train for my sports. So, when I graduated from college, and could no longer play organized basketball or track and field anymore, it was an easy transition to train for olympic lifting as my sport. I have considered doing fitness as well, but I know that dieting is a huge part of that, bodybuilding as well. So, I haven’t really pursued it.
I know it is still a little rare in America to find a female olympic weightlifter. In other countries, they are much more common. Women first started competed in Olympic weightlifting in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and they competed with a man’s bar. The sport has progressed alot since then. Now women have their own bar different from men, and in the 2008 Olympics a women placed higher than our best man.
One of my favorite Olympic weightlifters is Melanie Roach. She is amazing. She competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and took 6th place for her weight class. Which was better than our best man, Kendrick Farris who placed 8th. She is really inspiring if you look up some of the videos on her. She has a remarkable story.
Other than that, I hope I answered your questions. Feel free to ask more. Do you train for fitness or bodybuilding? Or what sports do you compete in?
Thanks everyone for following!