If you’re new to the sport of Olympic weightlifting when you start training the focus will be on technique. You’ll begin by using a light bar to learn the movements for the two Olympic lifts; the snatch, and the clean and jerk. The weights you lift will increase as your skills improve.
Regardless of your experience level you can be guaranteed to develop greater flexibility, coordination and balance as a result of your training. Two additional positive impacts that come along with doing resistance training include increased muscle mass and increased bone density. It is particularly important that we maintain these two physical attributes throughout our lifetime as they are vital to sustaining mobility as we get older. More recently it has been shown that resistance training is also important for our brain function.
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In Olympic weightlifting you are eligible to compete as a Masters weightlifter from the 1st January of the year in which you turn 35. The age groups go up in 5 year increments (35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+) and the bodyweight categories are as follows:
Women: F48, F53, F58, F63, F69, F75, F90, F90+
Men: M56, M62, M69, M77, M85, M94, M105, M105+
You don't have to lift big weights in competitions. The minimum weight required for women is 21kg and the minimum weight required for men is 26kg. There are plenty of competitions held throughout the year hosted by local Clubs. The opportunity also exists to compete in championships at State, National and International level.
To view the list of local competitions go to the Calendar tab. This year the NSW Masters State Championships will be held on Saturday 26 August 2017. And on the international stage it will be a huge year for Masters Weightlifting throughout the Asia Pacific region with two international events:
- World Masters Games, Auckland NZ 22-29 April 2017. This event also doubles as the World Masters Championships. Qualifying standards apply and registration closes 3rd March 2017. http://www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz/
- Australian and Oceania Masters Championships, Pacific Rim Tournament and Masters World Cup 27-30 October 2017. No qualifying standards apply but lifters do need to achieve a total in two events listed on the AWF calendar during the qualifying period 1 January – 27 August 2017. http://2017mastersopw.com/
Whatever your sporting background, level of fitness or health requirements Olympic weightlifting is a sport that is achievable, enjoyable and rewarding.
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Linda Eades (NSW Masters Coordinator)
Lisa McGavern – NSW Masters Lifter
Lisa McGavern, F69 category in the Masters 45-49 group left the NSW Memorial Open on Saturday 26 November 2016 with the NSW state records for Snatch (38kg), Clean & Jerk (52kg), and Total (90kg).
The sport is one that Lisa has taken to with great enthusiasm. Her first affiliated competition was in February 2016 where she competed in the F75+ category (the heaviest bodyweight category for women in weightlifting until the new categories are introduced next year). Her next competition was only two months later in the F75 category where she not only lifted heavier numbers than she did previously, but set three state records in this weight class. She then lifted in Hobart in June at the Australian Masters Nationals where she managed a silver medal.
Since beginning her weightlifting journey Lisa has managed to lose almost 20kg in body weight and has still managed to set six NSW records (three of which she still holds) having competed in three different weight classes and for this I cannot be more proud of her and her accomplishments!!
Written by Troy Smith 26 November 2016