All The Heavy Lifting

All The Heavy Lifting is a blog about Olympic weightlifting and strength training, written from the perspective of a beginner/intermediate lifter living in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The site was founded in 2013 with the goal of sharing the knowledge, leesons, joys and frustrations experienced as a newcomer to the sport with others in a similar situation.

About The Author

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The author

Hi, I’m Jodi and I live in Edinburgh, Scotland though I originate from a town just south of Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. I’m male and recently turned 30.

In 2012, after years of an essentially sedentary existence and a poor, extremely carb-heavy diet, I decided that it was time to sort my body and health out. Over the course of nine months, I lost 34kg (75lbs) of bodyweight – somewhere around 30% of my original mass – and dramatically improved my body composition, though with some room for further improvement.

As I came towards the end of this phase of my journey, I started developing an interest in strength training. At roughly the same time, I also became entirely fixated by the Weightlifting events at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, marvelling at the technical prowess and raw strength of the athletes. Om Yun-Chol of North Korea’s mind-blowing triple bodyweight Clean and Jerk in the 56kg men’s weight class was probably the watershed moment for me and the point where I realised that this barbell stuff really was for me.

Over the next few months, I continued to train in lifts like the squat, deadlift and bench press but increasingly wanted to learn the Olympic lifts. Early in 2013, I began to learn the snatch and clean & jerk, trained on my own for a while and then began working with a coach a few months later. I competed for the first time in February 2014.