The Lifting Digest – March 2014

A youthful Andrei Aramnau of Belarus snatches 200kg at Beijing 2008. Aramnau is scheduled to appear at Europeans 2014.

A youthful Andrei Aramnau of Belarus snatches 200kg at Beijing 2008. Aramnau is scheduled to appear at Europeans 2014.

The Lifting Digest returns with all of the best weightlifting content from the last month. March was a big month for weightlifting here in the UK, with Olympic funding restored for female lifters, and many of our best athletes getting ready for the Commonwealth Games. Elsewhere, top lifters from all over Europe are preparing to compete in the European Weightlifting Championships, which kicks off in Tel Aviv, Israel on Saturday.

Rich Kite of Olympic Weightlifting UK writes about the mindset required to become a successful weightlifter and how to deal with common psychological issues that can impact negatively on a lifter’s performance.

On a related note, Dresdin Archibald writes for Breaking Muscle on how to encourage and develop willpower and mental strength in weightlifting.

Jean-Patrick Milette of First Pull on the use of the ratios between lifts to identify weaknesses and inform programming, combing sports science with practical experience of working with lifters of different levels.

Jasha Faye writes on the Catalyst Athletics site about adapting to the grind that is long term weightlifting training. After a tough few weeks of training, this one really resonated with me.

Dave Chiu writes as a guest author on OlyGuru about how to deal with weightlifting technique that cannot be considered “normal” – but that may not be disadvantageous to the lifter.

Colin Burns on “Rules for Classy Weightlifting” over at Juggernaut training systems. This one really struck a chord to me due to training in a busy gym with all the distractions that can sometimes entail.

A great interview with 77kg US lifter James Tatum of Muscledriver USA over at new blog Weightlifting Daily Does. Looking forward to seeing more from this site in the future.

Mike Reynolds of Peak Athletic Development with a detailed article on how to fix the first pull on the Snatch and Clean & Jerk, including commonly overlooked details.

This month’s video is another record-breaking performance from 15 year old British lifter Rebekah Tyler. Rebekah hit a 120kg Clean & Jerk at the recent Northern Senior Championships and show no signs of letting up.