In 2017, USA Weightlifting will introduce a new “American Open Series” of three meets held across the country, and while exact dates and locations have yet to be announced, we now know the qualifying totals for lifters.

And before you click away, it’s worth checking out the totals needed to qualify for these competitions, which we’ve embedded below; they’re significantly lower than qualifying totals needed for most national meets. This could make these events much more accessible to local and regional level lifters looking to gain experience in a larger sanctioned meet. It also gives elite lifters more opportunities to post totals toward international qualification and teams.

Note: These are qualifying totals for the American Open Series, not the American Open itself (which generally has much higher entry totals). From what we know thus far, competing in an American Open Series event will not be a requirement to compete at the 2017 American Open.

We’ll have more information soon regarding details of the American Open Series, including team scoring, dates, and locations. The full totals, including for Masters, are now available on USA Weightlifting’s website.

Men (Adult, Senior, and Junior Lifters)

Weight
Category 
Total
Weight
56kg120kg
62kg134kg
69kg170kg
77kg195kg
85kg203kg
94kg213kg
105kg218kg
+105kg225kg

Women (Adult, Senior, and Junior Lifters)

Weight
Category 
Total
Weight
48kg85kg
53kg94kg
58kg100kg
63kg110kg
69kg120kg
75kg125kg
90kg130kg
+90kg140kg

Youth (Lifters Age 17 and Under)

Male

Weight
Category
Total
Weight
50kg80kg
56kg107kg
62kg120kg
69kg132kg
77kg142kg
85kg150kg
94kg152kg
+94kg155kg

Female

Weight
Category
Total
Weight
44kg58kg
48kg68kg
53kg75kg
58kg82kg
63kg88kg
69kg94kg
75kg98kg
+75kg100kg

Curious how these totals stack up against qualifying numbers for Nationals? For comparison, check out the 2017 Nationals Qualifying Totals for Senior Men and Women below.

Men

Weight
Category 
Total
Weight
56kg194kg
62kg223kg
69kg246kg
77kg274kg
85kg289kg
94kg300kg
105kg305kg
+105kg310kg

Women

Weight
Category 
Total
Weight
48kg133kg
53kg149kg
58kg163kg
63kg170kg
69kg179kg
75kg189kg
90kg192kg
+90kg194kg

Featured image: @usa_weightlifting on Instagram/LiftingLife

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