For those of you who don't know the difference between Powerlifting and Weightlifting (or Olympic
"Oly" Lifting) here we go.
- Powerlifting is a sport that consists of three main lifts. The squat, bench press, and deadlift. You get three attempts to lift as much weight as you can for each lift, under proper technique of course.
- Weightlifting is a sport that consists of two main lifts. The clean and jerk, and snatch. You get three attempts to lift as much weight as you can for each lift, under proper technique of course.
There are of course more rules and regulations that go into these sports, but the main lifts are one big difference. I started powerlifting December of 2014. Since than, I've competed in four powerlifting meets, set four state records, and three national records. After my last meet April 2016, I decided to make a change of sport, to Weightlifting. I competed in my first Weightlifting meet July 2016. During the short time frame I spent Weightlifting, a few thoughts resonated with me.
When you clean and jerk, and snatch you need to be able to move into positions that may be hard for those who are immobile. I studied a lot on mobility and joint health; specifically shoulders, hips, ankles, and wrists. Along with mobility, you need to be able to have great body awareness. The idea during a lift is throwing an object through space and moving your body simultaneously. There is definitely a ballistic nature to it. Huge respect to Weightlifters and their ability to quickly get into these positions with a non loaded and loaded bar (even just a PVC pipe).
2. Converting kg to lb and vice versa
If you didn't know already, 2.2 pounds = 1 kilogram. Why the U.S. is afraid of the metric system is beyond me. One of the reasons I got so good at these conversions was because I did the majority of my training with kilogram plates (that were also rubber). One cool trick I learned was this: lets say you have 100 lbs on the bar, how do you quickly convert this to kilograms? Multiply 100 by 2. 100 x 2=200, move the decimal place over one place (20.0) and add that number to 200, so 100 lbs = 220 kgs (credit goes to my coach Dominic Laface for that one).
3. Find a good coach
When I decided to try Weightlifting I didn't even think twice on who I should go to for guidance. Dominic Laface is a great coach in the sport of Weightlifting. He helped with my technique, mental focus, programming, and grasping the sport. If you ever want to do Weightlifting find a coach like Dom, or find Dom.
I like Weightlifting and loved all the new friends I've met, but for now, Powerlifting is my focus again.
Hopefully these short thoughts will help someone!