Archive | March, 2014

Snatches 75, 79lbs

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Getting ready for Masters Nationals.  These are 80-85% snatch singles.  I may end up being conservative at the meet though and going for a 40kg snatch which would be 88lbs, making these 85 and 90%.  Depends on how I’m feeling.  I’m not going for a record, just trying to qualify for worlds this time around. […]



Two weeks before each of my competition begins freak out time for me.  The heavier percentages mean more misses.  More misses undermine my confidence (that’s just the way my mind’s built). Rationally I understand that no misses mean I’m not aiming high enough.  But misses also highlight all of the things that are wrong with […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Weightlifting Meets


I’m not a big fan of re-inventing the wheel, so let me first direct you to an excellent article by Jacob Tsypkin published here : But I wanted to add a few thoughts of my own. 1) Here are the men’s weight classes:  56 kg (123 lb) 62 kg (137 lb) 69 kg (152 lb) 77 kg (170 lb) 85 kg (187 lb) 94 kg (207 lb) 105 kg […]

It Takes a Village


  I had a PR today that wasn’t *exactly* weightlifting related. 4 weeks ago, I started going for weekly sports massages with an amazing local masseur. This was done in desperation.  Before the Texas State Championship, I hurt my left knee and couldn’t squat for 6 weeks which clearly hurt my lifts. Now my right […]

Welcome to Strong Snatch!


Welcome to Strong Snatch, a place to discuss olympic lifting, share videos of your lifts to both celebrate and to garner constructive critique and to discover some of the many steps I have taken on the journey to becoming a competitive masters weightlifter.  Masters weightlifters, by the way, are not necessarily “masters” in the sense […]

Coolest Singlets Ever!

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Handmade by a national level lifter who understands that women are not built like men nor do they like to look like men.  She will do custom work in addition to what you see on the website.  I have three and have competed in two so far.  She also gave me the amazingly handy tip […]