Weightlifting

How Much Do Olympic Speed Skaters Squat?

As we head into the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, we’ve been spending a lot of time wondering about how these world class athletes train to reach the pinnacle of their respective sports. Different winter sports emphasize different qualities, of...

Harrison Maurus Front Squats 200kg for a Strong 9 Reps

Weightlifter Harrison Maurus has been hitting multiple PRs since the 2017 IWF World Championships. His latest Instagram video highlights possibly the biggest front squat set we've seen yet from the young weightlifter, and it came after two sets of...

IWF “Had No Other Choice” Than to Give Ilya Ilyin a 2-Year Suspension

The International Weightlifting Federation has announced that Ilya Ilyin will receive the “maximum allowed” sanction under the World Anti-Doping Code: a two-year suspension, which will end in June this year. In mid-2016, the samples of a slew of weightlifters who...

Is Kratom a Performance-Enhancing Drug?

Kratom is an unusual target in the War on Drugs. A relative newcomer to the American market, kratom hovers in the space between plant-based medicine and prescription drug, and while it’s usually used as a painkiller, it’s been the...

IWF Publicly Announces Anti-Doping Results From 2017 World Championships

As of today, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) publicly disclosed initial findings from last year's IWF World Championships anti-doping tests. They report that four athletes have come back with adverse analytical findings. In their report, they administered 212 tests (141...

The Best Answers from Mattie Rogers’ Reddit AMA

Mattie Rogers is the United States’ strongest -69kg weightlifter, currently holding the national record in the snatch (106kg/233.7lb), clean & jerk (134kg/295.4lb), and total (239kg/527lb). She also took home bronze in the snatch (104kg) and the total (235kg) at...

How America’s Olympic Freestyle Ski Team Gets So Strong

The 2018 Winter Olympics are kicking off in South Korea on February 9th and each and every event provides jaw-dropping feats of athleticism. Winter Olympians train all year, every year with some of the most rigorous, cutting-edge programming on...

Lasha Talakhadze Talks to IWF About Being Named Georgia’s ‘Athlete of the Year’

Two days ago, the IWF released a press release highlighting that Georgia named +105kg weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze 'Athlete of the Year,' along with his quotes on the topic. This award came for good reason, as Talakhadze had an historic year...

Why You (Yes, You) Should Be Doing Olympic Weightlifting

We think it’s pretty safe to say that by now, we all know strength training is good for you. Even mainstream gymgoers will typically agree that while, yes, cardio can be a great way to improve your health, ignoring...

Jordan Weichers Talks Training, Growth of Weightlifting, and Olympic Predictions

When it comes to fully embracing a strength sport, Jordan Weichers is the perfect definition. She started as a CrossFit athlete in 2014, then made the switch to weightlifting full-time after meeting California Strength coach Jason Starks. Weichers began...

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The 8 Best Yoga Poses for Olympic Weightlifters

Olympic weightlifting places more demands on the body’s mobility, balance, coordination, and flexibility than perhaps any other sport, but that’s not the only reason...

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