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Trending Topics II: How You Feel

In the Weightlifting community, at least in the West, there’s this popular notion that how you’re feeling is is a lie. That, if you let it, your body will nefariously convince you not to pursue the gains you deserve… Or something like that. And yet, in Weightlifting, another popular assertion is that you must find the feel, and pay attention to every detail about what and how you`re feeling. I’m admittedly guilty of parroting both concepts without much further examination. I realize now that: 1) I’ve probably confused some of you by contradicting myself and 2) that this is a dichotomy ripe for deconstruction!

Upon further reflection I think that both assumptions are correct, just poorly explained and delineated. No, what we have here is another example of gym-folk wisdom that, on the surface makes a whole lot of sense, but upon further analysis doesn’t have much of an explanatory thrust. Here’s what I think upon further reflection: The disagreement in this case has to do with incorrect assumptions about what the correct “feel”or feelings actually are. How you’re feeling, as it relates to training, is only a lie if we presume that you ought to be feeling comfortable when you train. What you’re feeling when you train, as it relates to how you’re moving, is not a lie, and is important information. This article is about reconciling what is relevant about how you feel when you lift, and what is not.

Before we begin, I’m going to have to let the anthropologist in me out for just a moment. I suspect that this attitude we’re questioning, the idea that your body is lying to you (ostensibly because you feel “bad”) has its roots in a cultural expectation we have in N. America. That, one of the central tenets to living a good life includes feeling comfortable, and that feeling discomfort is counter to our expectation of the way life ought to be. I know that’s a rather grand claim to make, and I’m feeling particularly lazy about providing evidence so I’ll leave you with this: just take a peak at our economy, and you’ll have your evidence. Take a glance at the sheer volume of goods and services being offered to make your life more comfortable, convenient, happy, etc. Not that being happy is bad nor is it unreasonable to want comfort in life. It’s just that sometimes you can’t always be assured of that expectation of comfort in everything you do; especially sport. Weightlifting is an inherently uncomfortable experience much of the time, and if you want to perform at a high-level (or be better than you are now), it can be a torturous experience. It doesn’t help either that this is an individual sport where your performance is entirely contingent upon you, and not the collective efforts of your team. From that, then, I’m sure you, just as I, can see how our attitude towards that discomfort might be more reactive than analytic. Your body isn’t lying to you; you probably do feel like you’ve been beaten up by the bar. As coaches, what we really mean with that statement about your body lying to you is that feeling significant fatigue isn’t necessarily an acceptable excuse to dial back on training. Nevertheless, because of the cultural milieu we reside in, it’s not surprising to see that, when the reality of a situation is so counter to that of one’s general experience of the world, their response might be outright rejection as exemplified in the: “your body is lying to you!” trope. Of course, it’s also just easier for a coach to tell you to stop being a damn wuss than deconstructing your cultural world to explain why training hard is, well… Hard. Anyway… let’s go ahead and look what a coach might really mean when s/he says your body is lying to you.

The whole notion of “how you’re feeling is a lie” is predicated upon one simple fact: athletes have been able to pull off brilliant performances when they self-report feeling like shit, and, by the same token, have utterly shit the bed despite proclaiming that they’re feeling amazing. That, whether you feel good or not, this is not a reliable predictor of performance in the immediate future. It makes an intuitive sense, then, does it not to claim how one’s body feels is a lie given these results? Again, here’s where we see that cultural expectation poking its head in, where it’s assumed as though that, in order to be productive, we must be comfortable and fresh first. What’s confusing, however, is that later on in the same session where you’re slogging away, working through your pain, that your coach may instruct you to pay attention to how a lift feels because you’re all over the place… Right after having told you at the beginning of the session that how you feel is a lie. I know I’ve done it. So what the hell is coach actually getting at?

The problem of the “how you’re feeling is a lie” concept has to do with what we conflate our feelings as being. Feeling good versus feeling bad, feeling tired, feeling sore, comfortable versus uncomfortable, these are only a part of how you feel. Because of our cultural upbringing these feelings are central to our notion of how we’re feeling, but just because they’re central doesn’t mean they’re the only things we sense that constitute how we’re doing. How you feel, in this respect, isn’t a lie. It’s just often irrelevant and/or out of context.

How you’re feeling, as it relates to the way you’re lifting, is relevant, and is what your coach is actually getting at when they ask you to focus on feeling. For instance, do you feel like you’re staying over the bar long enough? Does the bar feel close as you turn it over or is it getting away from you? Does your receipt of the bar feel sloppy and weak or tight and strong? These are are all more relevant measures of how you feel as it relates to lifting. Focusing on this kind of feel has no cultural or strong emotional value attached to it, and is directly relevant to your performance; in short, it has nothing to do with a warm and fuzzy training experience. It’s also far more germane to your coach’s efforts to help you succeed. I can’t do a whole lot to help with feedback like: “Ugh, coach, I just don’t feel good today. I’m tired. My butt hurts, too.” That’s nice. I’m stiff and sore all the time. You want me to pat your head? No, what’s useful is if you tell me: “Coach, I feel really slow in getting under today. My arms feel fatigued when I catch my Snatches, and I’m having trouble staying over the bar. What do you see? What should I do?” Notice how much more specific, and thus, meaningful the latter statement is? The nice thing about the last example is that you’ll also learn a lot more about how you both respond to, and work through fatigue because, in the end, that’s what we’re talking about. What was it that made your body “lie” to you in the first place? Training and the accrual of fatigue. Being fatigued is an unpleasant albeit necessary experience. It’s how you adapt to training, and get better. The best athletes are those who accept this, and can then, with precision, navigate through their emotional, physical, and performance states as they relate to their bodies. The reality is that we’re not discreet beings so we’re going to be feeling all kinds of different things all the time, some more dominating than the others (e.g. Our preoccupation with feeling “good”). The task at hand is learning to navigate and respond to them appropriately. I’ll give you a few examples of my own.

The other week I had a rough Clean workout, missing three heavy attempts in a row. On the last attempt I must have stomped too hard (or something, I honestly am not sure what I did), but the next day my knees felt like junk. I started my workout the following day feeling great not really cognizant of my knee pain yet. It was only when I started playing around with the bar that my knees let themselves be heard. Even though it was to be a light workout that included Power Snatches, I couldn’t bend my knees and get into the right start position. I felt confident, strong, and ready warming up. I was in a good mood because, regardless of the Clean misses the night before, I had had a good session. But, there was just one angle of knee flexion that I could not reliably achieve and it happened to be the same position I needed my knees to be in to setup correctly. I tried extra warm ups, stretching, I lightened the load on the bar, and in the end, I still couldn’t move right. So I stopped. Well, actually… I was told to stop. But, that’s why it made sense to do so.. I couldn’t setup properly, and in spite of my enthusiasm, the bar wouldn’t move correctly. My coach decided I should stop since I’d just be moving improperly, and modified my workout as necessary. I’m a bonehead and probably would have tried to work around it anyway, so thankfully a clearer head than mine acted. Here’s a case where, even though I felt strong and confident that my physical discomfort was enough to throw me off. This is a case of feeling great, but having an uncooperative body. My body wasn’t lying to me here. It told me, in very certain terms, that it was not a good day to lift. If you notice, though, I only accepted that answer after taking stock of how I felt in the context of how I was lifting.

As a converse example, I recently Snatched 110kg. I haven’t done that in over a year. The day I did that was not one where I felt particularly strong or confident. I felt fatigued. Not too sore or tired, but enough that the thought of it being one of those sessions where you just do what you can entered my mind. I worked up, feeling a little slow, but everything was moving well. Mind you, I only felt slow because of my fatigue. Video evidence and my coach’s eye said otherwise. No, working up, I was hitting lift after lift… Until about 102kg. I missed that weight twice before the technical flaw I was making became evident. The video said it all: I wasn’t staying over the bar long enough, probably because my back was tired. So, I waved down, and then back up. But, as I worked back up, I really focused on feeling that tension in my legs and back, to really feel the positions I needed to be in. I even did a few Snatch Deadlifts with 100kg first under my coach’s supervision to ensure that what I was attempting to feel was indeed what I ought to be feeling. I repeated 100kg, then got the 102kg I’d missed before, feeling the weight, staying patient as I pulled it into my hip. At this point, I was starting to get tired, thinking “dammit, I still have to Clean and Jerk and Back Squat heavy.” Whatever, though, the bar was going up. I decided to continue being cautious since, even though I wasn’t feeling great, the weight was clearly going up. 104kg is a cinch. 106kg. 108kg. What the hell? I thought I felt beat up? Fuck it. 110kg. I approached the platform. I carefully grasped the bar, giving it a bit of a tug just to prepare myself for, an get a sense of the weight. That tug felt heavy. It was a struggle to stay over the bar, but I didn’t hesitate. Going into that lift I knew, contrary to my not feeling particularly comfortable, my body was there to lift. I didn’t hesitate. I wanted that weight. I knew given my other attempts that the potential was there, and that, ultimately, that was all that mattered. I knew that because I was feeling a little slower than usual that I not only had to do everything right, but I that I absolutely had to commit to it. This last lift ended up being one of the best Snatches I’ve ever put above my head, and was definitely one of the more satisfying lifts I’ve executed in recent memory.

The above example is probably one another coach might use to say: “Hey, see, your body was lying to you!” On the contrary, I think my body was telling me exactly what I needed to know. I was feeling tired, even unmotivated a little because I wasn’t feeling “on.” The truth my body told me was that, even though I felt fatigued, I was conditioned to lift 110kg that day. It’s the same truth I’d tell any lifter who didn’t feel great, but was moving well: that you have to go for it when your body and the bar are cooperating, that pushing yourself both to, and past your perceived limits is the essence of getting better. In reality, your body never lies to you, and how can it anyway? Your consciousness is the agent that pilots your body; it’s not like your arms can conspire against you because they don’t feel like locking out jerks after Snatches. No, the only lies being told are those you might concoct because you want an excuse not to push through discomfort. The truth is that you have to pay attention to everything, and you have to do so in a manner that doesn’t treat your relative comfort level and your performative ability as mutually exclusive. How comfortable you feel, in the context of having a leisurely training session, isn’t useful. How comfortable you feel can be indicative of how fatigued you are, however; it just has little immediate bearing when it comes to predicting your performance for the day. So, remember: how you feel does matter. It’s only meaningful when you place it in the total broader context of what you’re doing. The next time you feel like hammered shit, and are wondering how you’re going to finish a workout, stop thinking. Stop saying the phrase: “I feel” in your head, and give yourself a chance. Instead, opt to make observations like: “the bar is moving well, but I’m being slow in my turnover” or “the bar feels heavy, but I’m moving fast.” Then you can take stock of how you feel. I promise that, most of the time, you’ll be glad you did. Your numbers will go up, too.

By |August 25th, 2015|Articles, Blog, News, Nutrition, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Trending Topics II: How You Feel

Trending Topics at JustLift: Confidence

It’s been a while. Yes, I regrettably stopped writing these blog posts just before Nationals 2015. It’s been an unceremonious hiatus, but let me tell you, I needed it. Admittedly, I should have had the courtesy to warn the few of you who read these, and for that I apologize. After all, what inspired this article I’m writing today was a comment from one of you about what I’ve written in the past; I want you to know that I appreciate your readership even though I’m an inconsistent author.

Since I first started writing these I strove to relate my own training experiences, as both a coach and quasi-athlete, to you, and your own training experiences. To answer some of those questions that might invite themselves into your head as a result of the training experience. In the end, as a coach and gym owner, I strive to direct our curriculum so that you become both experientially and intellectually empowered to take account for the direction of your own training process. So that when you train, you and your coaches can make informed decisions together that allow for the maximal accretion of what we all want: gains. What I’m going to write today is going to be list article. No, this isn’t going to be the typical blog litany of my top 10 most absolutely, positively favorite assistance exercises for the Snatch that will magically fix everything. Instead, over the next few weeks, we’re going to go over a handful of topics. Since my last article and this one, I’ve seen a few trending thoughts that ought to be addressed. So, without further adieu, here’s number one!

Confidence: In yourself, your coach, your program, and performance.

You absolutely, positively, need to have confidence in not just yourself, but what you’re doing. I know I’ve written about this before, but it needs to be restated. Perhaps what I missed before was another qualifier. Confidence can’t simply be:L “I’m confident because I’m feeling good today.” No, it must be durable, and all-encompassing. I’ve seen too much self-doubt recently, some of it my own, much of it from athletes we coach. Thus, this will be the first topic I want to discuss.

Often times I get questions that start with: “Coach, do you think that…” and I already know where it’s going. I don’t need to know if it’s about the Snatch, the Clean and Jerk, someone’s squat strength or the program they’re doing. That’s not the point. The point is that, through rigorous statistical analysis, I’ve found that exactly nine times out of ten, this question, fundamentally, has to do with some kind of doubt the athlete has, either in themselves or the program or even their coaching. While there is the rare instance that such doubt in whatever aspect of the athlete’s training is both valid and productive, generally speaking, it’s maybe kind of valid, but almost always unproductive. Here’s a scenario:

Yes, you missed a metric shit-ton of Snatches tonight. No, there’s nothing wrong with your program. No, there’s nothing wrong with you. Yes, I know you’re making the same mistake over and over, and that’s why you missed a third of your lifts. The answer is still no. There’s nothing wrong with you, the program, or the coaching you’re receiving. The simple fact of the matter is that all three of these elements, you, your coach, and the program are imperfect. They can never be as optimal in the real world as we allow ourselves to imagine them to be. Your sense of confidence needs to be acquainted with this irritating truth.

As Weightlifters, we’re often exceptionally hard on ourselves when we miss or can’t perform the program as written. The sheer amount of time, discipline, discomfort, and effort needed to succeed in this endeavor makes our training performances especially meaningful. Couple that with the pressure we put on ourselves to be “good” and we’ve created an amazing potential for a sink-or-swim situation. Guess what? Most of us can’t use or operate under that sort of pressure productively. Confidence, then, is the ability to dampen this pressure, perhaps even harness it, but never wilt under it. It’s having the humility to accept all of these things while still being able to live with the knowledge of what we need to do to get better, what better actually is, in the form of a goal. In other words, don’t be so damn serious! Let some fun sneak into your demeanor.

I’ve said this many times, but our most successful athletes are those that can place enough importance on their actions so as to ensure that all the elements of success are meaningful enough to matter yet not so anxiety provoking that they become crippling. Last Friday I Snatched 107kg, 5kg more than I have in over a year. I was stoked! Given how the weight felt last week, I went into yesterday’s workout thinking I had 110kg in the bag.

As I worked up in yesterday’s session every lift up and through 100 felt precise, fast, and strong. So I jump from 100 to 104kg, planning on going 104, 108, and then hit my target of 110kg. I missed 104 three times. After reviewing some recordings of those attempts I found that I was scooping in too early. So I waved. 95. 100. Easy. 103kg. Nope. Okay, Greg, get your shit together. This is it. 103kg again. Hell no. Not happening. Maybe I’ve grown as a lifter recently, because I accepted that seemingly anything over 100kg was just not there for me yesterday. And that’s fine. I went on to do 100kg for a few more sets. 100kg hasn’t been a working weight for me in a long time. Now, I realize that this is a very convenient example, one with a silver lining, so I’ll give you one that’s much harder to find the good in.

Sometimes you’ll be so sure that your coach and/or your program are the problem, and not you. Like I said, very rarely, this is in fact sometimes the case. One of the reasons we rotate coaches, and, at some level, have you work with everyone, is because different eyes, different cues, and different interpretations can often be useful. I can assure you, however, that all of our coaches know a thing or two about getting people stronger.

For much of my career as a lifter, I’ve been self-coached. When I was at my absolute peak I did virtually all of my own coaching. I wrote my own programs. I filmed and analyzed my lifts myself. I handled all of my own diet, supplementation, and recovery strategies. When I started making my “comeback,” my programs were still my own, although I left my technical coaching in the hands of our coaching team. I made some progress, but as time went on, my programs were destroying me. I was getting injured, and feeling confused as to what changed. Why couldn’t I recover? I must have a recovery problem now, I thought. My technique, the one thing I left to my coaching staff, grew leaps and bounds, though. Unfortunately, my strength actually started to decrease. I felt terrible. My sleep was no good, and I my workouts were less than pleasant. Simply put, it wasn’t that I had a recovery problem. Rather, I overestimated my recovery ability. I was too apt to write my programs in the context of what I could do at my peak as opposed to what I can do now. JustLift coach and athlete, Julia Boggia, now handles all of my programming. It’s simultaneously been both the best and most frustrating thing to happen to my development in years.

I’m getting stronger, better, staying healthy, and lifting well! Clearly, her programs have been more successful than mine. Does that make me bad at programming? Far from it. I still write all of her programs myself with minimal input from anyone else, and she’s become the first female athlete to Snatch 80kg and Clean 100kg at JustLift in just under 2 years of training. If her results are indicative of my ability as a coach, then, I can say with confidence that I know what I’m doing. Except for myself.

As Head Coach, for a while, this arrangement was a hit to my pride. The one thing I’ve devoted myself to perfecting for others I can’t do for myself? That’s a harsh situation to accept, and one that can precipitate all kinds of self-doubt. It’s not unreasonable or without precedent, however. Just because I know a lot about Weightlifting programming and technical performance doesn’t mean I can apply it properly to myself. For the same reason that all kinds of therapists don’t treat themselves, but defer to their colleagues, I must do the same. I can’t be trusted to apply my knowledge of training principles to myself without my ego truncating reality. Now, this isn’t to say that she doesn’t take my input into account because she does (just as I take feedback from my athlete’s seriously when I write or modify their programs). Her word is the rule, however, and if she tells me “no,” then, I have to accept it because she’s my coach.

Everyone who is experienced and trains in the Level 2 session has experienced this kind of doubt, questioning the direction of their training. I’ll give you a tip that’ll save all of us time, trouble, and extraneous discussion both from the perspective of a coach and as someone being coached. If your question (or criticism), when it was first inspired, also brought with it some kind of emotional response, then, you’re probably wrong, and should just do what your coach tells you to do. Like when I’m supposed to Back Squat at 70% for sets greater than 5 reps. I’ll argue with Julia using reasons rooted in training science that are, at some level, valid if extraneous. In reality, the root of the issue has more to do with me not wanting to squat for reps than anything else. You’ll find that, if you’re able to distance yourself from the immediate “feeling” of the question that what you’re actually just doing is rationalizing the avoidance of discomfort, which is only really justifiable if injury is a worry. Failing that, if it’s a slightly ambiguous question, but your coach lifts or has lifted more than you, then, you should still probably ignore that desire to question, and instead just accept your coach’s training proscription.

My personal favorite is when people argue with me about wearing a belt. I can provide ample reasoning as to why it’s a good idea. Incidentally, and I’m trying really hard not to be an ass when I say this, with the exception of one person, the only people who have ever argued with me about wearing a belt have had Back/Front Squats literally 80-100kg less than my own (that’s just counting the guys). And, that one outlier? I still squat more than him. Just not 80-100kg more. Yes, we can parse the literature, talk human kinetics ad nauseum, and maybe I’ll even relent. It doesn’t change the fact, though, that the bulk of strong squatters at this gym and others, all wear belts with their heavier sets unless explicitly instructed not to. Sometimes trends, even if not particularly well substantiated by the masses participating, take hold for good reason. I’ll be one of the last people to ever say we shouldn’t appeal to reason or make decisions based on careful interpretation of a problem. That said, emulating the habits of those you aspire to be like is often a good idea. You can figure out along the way what is and isn’t smart. This is another example of how, even with reason supposedly backing your position, you can still be wrong. Were engaged in a result-driven pursuit. In the end, that’s what matters.

Part of being a confident athlete is knowing and accepting the above point. When I first started making a concerted effort to perfect my performance in the lifts again I tried all kinds of Snatch techniques because I know for a fact that, even when I was at my strongest, my technique and mobility were garbage. Some of the different techniques I tried were more peculiar than the others. One in particular involved breaking what is often seen as a cardinal rule: allowing the hips to rise before the shoulders in the first pull from the floor. I’d seen a number of lifters, particularly Chinese athletes with long femurs, perform their lifts this way. It allowed them, in spite of their proportions, to produce a big scoop into the second pull. The reasoning being that this would allow someone, in spite of their anatomic proportions, to more effectively use their quads to punch the bar up. I tried to mimic this because, hey, I have long-ish femurs, and a strong enough back to make it work. That didn’t last for long, however, as I kept hitting the bar outwards. My back was also always fatigued, and pissed off. I now use a technique that would come straight out of a Russian sport science text. My hips start much higher, and my scoop doesn’t look too deep. I don’t have that beautiful, deep scoop in many of the lifters I admire. However, I’m also Snatching much more consistently, using my quads the way I intended to originally with the unorthodox technique, and am lifting pain free. And you know who trained me to be like this? The woman whose Snatch is, by large orders of magnitude, more efficient, technically sound, consistent, and, not to mention, prettier than mine. The kicker? I’m the one who taught her to Snatch. That should have been enough to convince me, but what can I say? I’m just as stubborn (and stupid) as any other athlete. The only difference is that I think I know better because I’m a coach, too.

I argued vehemently about why my decision to adopt the unorthodox technique was right for me. There were even instances where, in my argument, my coach would have to concede that, at least in a conceptual sense, I was right or at the very least, she didn’t know enough about the logic of the technique to posit a rebuttal. Ultimately, for all my thinking and engagement in argument I was still wrong. And, what I mean by that, was until I started doing what she instructed me to do without complaint, my Snatch was no good. At the end of the day I’m lifting better now than I was then.

This allows for a lot of possibilities. Maybe my argument only seemed right because I presented it in a way that made sense yet didn’t address everything necessary. Maybe, being an unorthodox technique, neither Julia or myself possessed the requisite experience to understand its nuances enough to make it work. All of that, in an academic sense, is reasonable. In a practical sense, though, it fails and is irrelevant. Who knows? Maybe if I’d have relented and simply followed my coach’s thoughts from the start without challenging her I’d be lifting more now? In this sense, confidence is as much about quelling doubt in spite of failure as it is about maintaining trust.

When I started this piece I presented doubt as an emotion that is inimical to confidence. Let’s take that a step further. If I’m lacking confidence in being able to complete my workout or get better, then, I’m doubting my ability. If I’m doubting my ability, then, fundamentally what I’m accepting is that I don’t trust myself to complete a given task. That I don’t trust my coach to lead me. That I don’t trust the process with which, at least at some point, I was confident enough to commit to. Confidence and trust are easy to have when everything is comfortable and going the way it’s supposed to. Confidence and trust are tested when things don’t go according to plan. What you ought to do is have the confidence and trust in yourself that, even when tested, you’re able to see the value in what you’re doing.

It can be frustrating when you see people around you making lifts, one after the other, with what appears to be technical precision and ease. One of our rising athletes was sidelined for close to six months doing rehab and foundation work. She expressed doubt, concern, and often frustration at the process. More than once what we tried didn’t work, and we had to re-assess what direction to go in. Nobody joins a Weightlifting club like ours looking forward to spending their time doing wall sits and band walks. Even though I know she was disappointed in the content of most of her programs, it was that trust and discipline that have allowed her to shine now.

An American coach, John Broz, once famously suggested that your body lies to you, that how you feel is often not indicative of what you’re actually capable of. I think it goes further than that. Your ego, in unison with how your body feels, lies to you, twisting simple realities into superfluous problems that don’t need to be solved. I love to train, and was disheartened when I saw how little work Julia had programmed for me when I first gave her complete control of my development. When I accepted what she had observed in my performance it became clear that I was tricking myself into accomplishing big workouts as opposed to lifting big weights. Unfortunately, and especially if you’re highly-motivated, you’re going to have do battle with your ego frequently. Confidence is having the fortitude to accept this, and yet still resist, with minimal emotion, the nettling questions you’re going to ask yourself when things don’t go your way.

Your hunger to be better will provoke all kinds of self-doubt, questioning the trust you’ve placed in every facet of the training process. As I’ve said many times before, you have to put everything in context. As humans, we’re prone to only cognizing conflict in the short-term. As weightlifters, this manifests itself in one shitty workout convincing us that our entire approach needs to be corrected. Sometimes we need to simply take stock of and rely on our general resilience. As a child, I was clumsy, and on more than one occasion, dropped that ice cream cone I got as a surprise treat from mom. I never once questioned whether or not I had enough dexterity to ever eat ice cream cones, though. If it takes you missing 500 Snatches to learn how to do it well, then, so be it. If you want to Snatch well you’ll do it, and simply accept that it might take you 500, it might take you 1000. You’ll never get there, though, if you can’t trust yourself to endure those lessons each miss brings. Trust the your coach. Trust your program. Trust the process. Trust yourself.

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OWA Summer 2015 Again Faster Club Challenge at JustLift

Update 2015-08-26
The start list is now available here:
OWA Summer Again Faster Club Challenge at JustLift Start List V2

10:00am – Session 1 Weigh-in
11:00am – Session 2 Weigh-in
11:45am – Session 1 Presentation of Athletes
12:00pm – Session 1 Start
1:15pm – Session 2 Presentation of Athletes
1:30pm – Session 2 Start

When: August 29, 2015

Where: JustLift (895 Churchill Ave South, Ottawa, ON)

It’s time for the second OWA Again Faster Club Challenge of the 2015-2016 season! JustLift will again be taking part and inviting all other OWA clubs to join us that need a venue with officials. This competition is open to all registered OWA clubs and their registered lifters. An OWA “General” athlete membership ($50) is required to participate. Athletes who plan on competing at any meet with a qualifying standard, the JR championships, out-of-province, or Nationally/Internationally need an OWA “Elite” athlete membership ($80).

For the 2015-2016 season, the Again Faster Club Challenge Series will consist of Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter Competitions (4 in total).

Competition Registration:
JustLift Members: $10/athlete payable to JustLift, we’ll take care of the team registration with the OWA.

Non-Members: $25/athlete payable to JustLift + Team Fees payable to the OWA.

Non-Member individual registration here:
Eventbrite - OWA Summer 2015 Again Faster Club Challenge at JustLift

Registration forms for Team fees are available here:!hybrid-club-competitions/c3zm

Registration forms for Individual Fees payable to JustLift will be available online or can be done in person at JustLift.

The results of each team’s best 10 lifters will be used to determine a team winner across all participating clubs at multiple locations across Ontario. Lifters will be ranked according to their age and bodyweight categories. A progressive scoring system that awards greater points to the younger age categories will be used. This is to encourage the participation of younger lifters without precluding other age groups. There is no limit to the number of athletes per team. The winning team will receive a prize for their club from the OWA.

Cumulative points will be kept for the entirety of the Hybrid Competitive season and a banner will be awarded to the top scoring team.

Age groups contested are:

Juvenille (15 and under, born 2000 or later)

Youth (17 and under, born 1998 or later)

Junior (20 and under, born 1995 or later)

Senior/Master (20+, born 1994 or earlier)

IWF rules dictate that age groups are determined by Year of Birth only, for example, anyone born in 1995 is a Junior for 2015 and becomes a Senior on Jan 1, 2016, regardless of their Date of Birth.

The additional Juvenille/Youth Bodyweight categories will also be contested (M46, M50, M94+, W44, W69+).

This competition is not subject to doping control.

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August 3, 2015 – Holiday Hours

August 3, 2015 Holiday Hours:
Oly 2 – 5-9pm
Strength 1 – 6-7pm, 7-8pm

There will be no morning classes or open gym.

Rest Up and get ready to hit it hard!

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