Doreen is signed up to compete this weekend! She is also training for a half marathon the following weekend?
Weight lifting meet FAQs:
What do you do in a weight lifting meet?
At an Olympic weightlifting meet competitors compete in the snatch and clean and jerk. They get three attempts at each to lift as much weight was they can. The lifter is credited with their best successful lifts to post a total. In this meet the total will be entered into a formula with body weight and age to determine a male and female winner.
Do I have weightlifting shoes or singlet?
Not for this meet! Wear clothes and shoes you are most comfortable lifting in.
How strong do I have to be to compete?
At this meet there are no minimum weights required. The athlete will chose weights that are appropriate for their strength and skills.
Do I have to have good technique?
While good technique is helpful and important while weightlifting, all skill level and experiences are welcome to compete.
What if I power my lift (no full squat)?
In the sport on Olympic lifting there is no specific range of motion required to deem a lift successful. Meaning if you catch a snatch or clean in a power, a squat is NOT required to be credited with the lift. Meaning powers, splits and squats are all acceptable movements.
What do the judges do?
Ideally there will be three judged. Left, Right and Center. They are there to determine the lift as a good or no lift. Before the weight determined good or not the athlete must have the lift locked out, overhead, in control with feet in a line before the center judge will give a down signal. Judges will then give a red (no lift) or white (god lift). To get a good lift you only need 2 of the 3 judges for a good lift. Judges will turn down lifts due to missed lifts, press outs (elbow re-bends, or lift if pressed out instead of landing locked out) in the snatch or jerk, or if knees touch the floor, elbows touch the body, or dropping the bar before the down signal.
How do I know when it’s my turn:
The lifters will submit a starting attempt at their weigh ins. This will determine the order that the lifts initially begin. The weight on the bar stays the same or goes up so lightest weights will go first.
How fast do I have to lift?
Once the bar is set to the weight for a lifter, they then get 1 minute to start the lift. One the lift is started (passes about the knee), the lifter then has as much time as they need to to finish the lift. If a lifter is following them self, then they will be given a 2 minute clock.
How long does a meet go for?
That depends on the number of lifters. We’ll be starting the meet with the ladies. They will complete three of their snatch attempts, we’ll take a five minute break and the ladies will start their clean and jerks. The ladies will complete all their clean and jerks before a 5 min break, and then the men’s session will begin. Awards will be given at the end.
There is still time to sign up, lifters, judges, bar loaders are all needed. Please contact Meriah for more information. Or sign up today!