I frequently see the postings online of people who’ve been presented with a bit of weightlifting and are now hooked. All they want to do is snatch, clean and jerk. In many cases their gyms don’t offer enough lifting sessions, enough quality coaching and instruction or have gone out of business. These folks want to lift more often, more weight and train harder with better coaching. What to do?
For those of us with a weightlifting program in our gyms, one of the most important goals is keeping the lifters actively engaged over an extended period of time. This means that they will be participating long enough to develop their skills and maintain progress and that will in turn allow you to afford to keep your program running and rewarding you.
I just got back from the American Open in Reno. It’s well possible that it was the meet with the largest entry ever, anywhere in the world. The entry list was over 900 athletes, an unheard of figure for USA Weightlifting a few short years ago.
The American Open is the second highest national event regularly conducted by USA Weightlifting. Like all national level events in any sport it should provide an opportunity to focus attention on the very best athletes in the sport. For many weightlifters it is a final opportunity to improve year-end national rankings in a drug tested event, and thus put them a step closer to qualifying for future international events, residency opportunities at the Olympic Training Center, record setting opportunities and financial recompense.
There is such a thing as a best bodyweight for weightlifting. It is a fairly specific number that will vary from time to time in a lifter’s history.
At that best bodyweight the lifter will achieve the highest total possible for the athlete’s stage of training. The snatch will be approximately 80% of the clean & jerk.