Weightlifting World Championship Athletes Can Compete In CrossFit Liftoff

This year, the 2017 Weightlifting World Championships and CrossFit Liftoff coincide with each other, which originally meant some weightlifting athletes would have to miss this year’s Lift Off. Luckily for these athletes, CrossFit announced that they’d allow them to submit their competition scores as official Liftoff scores.

In their announcement CrossFit HQ wrote, “CrossFit is offering the opportunity for competitors in the World Weightlifting Championships to use their competition lifts as valid submissions for the Liftoff in the snatch and clean and jerk categories.”

This year’s World Championships take place from November 28-December 5th, while the Liftoff begins November 30th and goes through December 4th. For weightlifters competing, this is great new because the Liftoff is typically a competition this type of athlete excels at.

The CrossFit Liftoff

Since 2015, the CrossFit Liftoff has been a way to test an athlete’s best snatch, clean & jerk, and general physical preparedness (GPP). It’s commonly thought of as CrossFit’s weightlifting challenge. For the Liftoff, athletes have the ability to complete all of the required tasks that have been given to them in no particular order.

  • Best Snatch
  • Best Clean & Jerk
  • GPP Workout

This year, the GPP workout is set to be announced at 5 P.M. Pacific Time on Thursday, November 30th. Prizes are awarded for the best overall scores, best weightlifting total, best pound-for-pound lifters, best snatch, best clean & jerk, along with gift cards awarded to teen/masters/individual divisions.

How a Lift Counts

All of the lifts and workout need to be performed in a CrossFit affiliate under the eye of a certified coach. And in order for a score to count with video submissions CrossFit HQ writes, “The athlete must submit a video to CrossFit that is uncut and unedited. The video must show the entire lift and include the athlete stepping on a scale to show their current body weight. This means the athlete must have a scale somewhere near the lifting platform to record their body weight just before or after they lift.”

“First, someone must record the athlete stating their name, the Liftoff password and the amount they are attempting to lift. Then they must record the entire lift. They can record the athlete’s body weight either before or after the lift as long as the video is uncut.”

Feature image from @crossfitgames Instagram page, and photo taken by Stefan Drgon. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

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