We're already into May and the Weightlifting Development Series is coming to an end very soon, so it's time for me to explain some of the finer details of what to expect at the finals event for all the participants.
Since we've been working on the snatch and the clean & jerk, this is what we'll be testing. We started the DS off with finding our Weightlifting Total (snatch + clean and jerk) and we're going to finish it off by testing the Weightlifting Total again, except this time it'll be in a more formal and competitive environment.
Here's how it works: each athlete gets 3 attempts to establish a max snatch and 3 attempts to establish a max clean and jerk. Athletes will take their attempts one at a time, will have 1 minute to make their attempt (I'll announce the weight on the bar and name of the lifter and you'll have 60 seconds from then), and will be judged on their lifts by me. I'll be judging based on a loose interpretation of the official weightlifting competition rules (the rulebook is 70 pages long and we're not in the Olympics, so I'm ignoring some of the more esoteric rules). The main issues that I'm going to be looking for (and disallowing lifts for) are the following:
These are all things that I've been pointing out to people as they've been practicing their lifts, especially the press out issue, so none of this should be new.
Now that we have the rules out of the way, here are some more details on how it'll flow. On Saturday May 11th, we'll only have one regularly scheduled class (8:30AM - 9:30AM) and will begin the lifting at 10AM. Again, the lifting will begin at 10AM, so if you're in the Weightlifting DS, show up early (like 9 or 9:15) to check in (latest check in at 9:45AM), get your starting weights in, and get warmed up. We have 20 people in the DS, and hopefully all of them will show up. If you are in the Weightlifting DS and you aren't present and ready to lift by 10AM on Saturday May 11th, you cannot participate in the finals whether you're a male or female lifter. This means that every single one of you must check in with me by 9:45M if you're planning on competing. We'll have a brief rules meeting as a reminder at 9:45AM and lifting will begin promptly at 10AM.
When you show up on the morning of the event, you'll check in with me and give me the weights you want to open with on the snatch and clean & jerk. What I mean is this: you're going to tell me what your first attempt will be for each of the two lifts. Once I've gotten everyone's openers, we'll organize it from lightest to heaviest openers for women and men and go from there. Lifting starts at 10AM with the lightest women's snatch opener. After you've taken your attempt, you can submit your next attempt (as in, after you've had your first attempt you'll tell me what you want your next one to be). I have change plates that we'll be using, so you can pick weird numbers like 94 pounds or 116 pounds if you need to the only thing is that your attempts must increase weight by at least 1 pound (unless you missed and are repeating your lift).
We'll go through the list of women's first snatch attempts in order of lightest to heaviest, then reset and start again for the second attempts again in order of lightest to heaviest, then reset again and do the third attempts in order of lightest to heaviest. Once we're done, we'll take a short break, then start with the women's clean and jerk. Women's lifting should be done around 11:15ish and men's lifting should begin around 11:30AM. Here's the deal though: I'd suggest that whether you're lifting early or not, you show up and stick around for the duration of the entire event so that you can get a good idea of what to expect and are ready to go when it's your turn (whether we're on schedule, ahead of schedule or behind schedule).
If you're not in the Weightlifting Development Series, you unfortunately cannot participate as a competitor in this finals event, but I would love love love to see some of you show up just to watch and cheer your fellow 818ers on! They've worked so very hard on these lifts and I think it would be a lot of fun to have a bunch of you show up to support and provide an exciting environment for them to compete in.
Power Clean (135/95)
*20 Ab-Mat Situps between each set
Posted by Armen.