The Lifting Digest – 24 November 2013

Tatiana Kashirina in 2010

Tatiana Kashirina in 2010

Although the end of the year is fast approaching, there’s still plenty going on in the world of weightlifting. Tatiana Kasharina set a new world record in the total in Women’s 75kg+ at the President’s Cup in Moscow yesterday, just a month after Clean & Jerking 190kg for a world record at the World Championships. Elsewhere, it’s been a busy week in weightlifting blogging as this week’s Lifting Digest can attest…

This one has been doing the rounds all over the place this week but it seems it would be remiss to leave it out. The Daily Telegraph report that the IOC have developed new testing methodologies that allow them to detect anabolic steroids far outside the old detection window. Re-tests of frozen samples have revealed hundreds of positive tests. This will surely be one to watch.

Gwen Sisto takes “strong is the new skinny” to task and offers a personal and pragmatic take on the phenomenon: “I’m not lifting to look good.  I do, however, expect that improved body aesthetics are a result of working hard.The amount and tighness of the spandex I wear is proportional to how much more I can lift in it.  Yes, I do pay attention to minor aesthetics like what color weightlifting shoes and singlet I’m wearing–and this is even more about complimenting the Beauty of my lifts. Performance, above all, comes first.”

Dan Bell suggests that “restoratives” aren’t the only reason that other countries are beating the USA in weightlifting and that there’s significant room for improvement on the technique side of the equation: “For us to win at the international level, decent technique–good enough–will not do. We have to be the best technicians in the world. As it stands now, we are very far from that. At our last National Championships, in Cincinnati, I usually had to wait until the best two or three lifters in each class to see what I consider good technique. In some weight classes not even the winner had decent technique. Outside of a few notable examples, our national class lifters’ technique ranges from flawed to atrocious. We cannot be behind in strength AND technique.”

Greg Everett responds to common criticisms of his American Weightlifting documentary over at the Catalyst Athletics blog.

Not a problem that I suffer from (quite the opposite in fact) but Spencer Arnold‘s piece on solutions for lifters who keep too much of their weight on their heels may be of interest to some athletes and coaches: “The easiest and most successful solution to this problem comes in the form of a basic first pull or otherwise called a liftoff. I will put lifters on a rubber mat with about an inch of their shoe hanging off the back of the rubber mat. (Depending on the size of the lifters foot that amount of shoe hanging off of the rubber mat varies.) Let it be stated that I would never, never have a lifter complete a lift with their feet hanging off the edge of a mat. A full, properly executed left will send the lifter back 3 to 5 cm if performed correctly. That means their feet will move back 3 to 5 cm and if they are starting with some of their foot hang off the back of the mat then it will likely end in disaster as they jump off the mat backwards. However, this set up is very good for doing just a first pull. ”

JP of First Pull on the importance of not thinking while lifting, which he believes is one of the most important concepts a lifter can grasp.

This week’s video is Rebakah Tyler’s performance at last weekend’s Northern Open in Yorkshire, England. Rebecca snatched 86kg to break a European record, and Clean & Jerked 116kg for a total of 202kg at the age of fourteen.