Olympic Postponement and Training with Weightlifter Fernando Reis

We catch up with 3-time Pan American Games Champion Fernando Reis.

Fernando Reis is the strongest weightlifter in the Americas. He’s won three Pan American Games and holds all three Pan American records in weightlifting with a 201kg snatch, 240kg clean & jerk, and 440kg total. He’s also a two-time Olympian, having represented Brazil at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Fernando joins BarBend Co-Founder and Editor David Thomas Tao to talk about the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and how the cancelation of so many events has changed his approach to training this year.

[More: Athletes already qualified for the 2020 Olympics will retain their spots in 2021; this interview was recorded before confirmation of this qualification status.]

[Related: New dates for the Tokyo Olympics announced.]

Fernando, who is currently training in Miami, also talks about coaching with people remotely who might not have access to much equipment when away from the gym. In addition, Fernando discusses the importance of conditioning and muscular balance in weightlifting performance.