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  1. 87+ is the heaviest weight class for women, and it’s as you said: anyone over 87 kg. Here’s a list of weight classes. In most of them, the number for the weight class is the upper limit, except for the Men’s 109+ and Women’s 87+.
  2. Oh, no no. Someone is weighing athletes with a physical scale. I don’t think the rule is there anymore, but it used to be that in the event of two athletes in a weight class getting the same lifting total, the person with the lower body weight would rank first.
  3. Okay, I went to look this up, too, because a lot of it is blank. But it seems to be that way for all the participants. I’ll do my best to explain. In a standard weightlifting meet, all weights are done in kilograms. If you want to get a rough idea of the weights in pounds, take the weight in kilos and multiply by 2.2. All lifters are weighed before the meet to determine what weight class they’re in. There are two lifts: the snatch and the clean & jerk. For each lift, they get three attempts. The athlete decides what weights they want to attempt to lift. The weights can either stay the same, or they can go up, but never down. (Example: if she attempts a 20 kg snatch on her first attempt and fails, she can reattempt that weight, or she could go up to at least 21kg, but she cannot try and attempt 18kg instead). Lifters are scored by adding the weight from their heaviest successful snatch with their heaviest successful clean & jerk, provided they make at least one successful lift of each. There are three judges watching the lifts: one to the left, one in the center, and one to the right. There is usually a light or paddle system that they use to indicate a good lift or no lift, based on the sport’s established standards. At least two judges must indicate a good lift for it to be deemed successful. Typically, the scoresheets indicate the weights for all of their lifts attempted. If it was an unsuccessful lift, the number has a minus sign in front of it. For some reason, this one only shows the best lift from each athlete. Numbers in pounds Bodyweight: 334.84 lbs. Best snatch: 55 lbs. Best clean & jerk: 90.2 lbs. Total: 145.2 lbs. What I don’t understand is why she was competing at a STATE championship meet. Looking at her competitors in her weight class, the person that ranked the next place up had more than twice her total. I mean, if you want to get your feet wet with competing, do it at a small, local meet. Her home gym (Heavy Metal Barbell) HOSTED a meet in early November, which she did not participate in. And that would make sense to me to do first. Edited to add: the link I provided for the meet at Heavy Metal Barbell is more of an expected scoresheet. All lifts, good and bad are recorded there.
  4. To be fair, this is a power snatch. Power snatches and power cleans are caught in a slight dip rather than a full squat. It’s a regular part of oly training, and usually where beginners start. Getting used to just the movement of the snatch takes a bit. When first learning to either overhead squat or catch a snatch in a full squat, it takes a LOT of overhead stability. Even at light weights, if you’re not used to having the weight overhead, you are really freakin’ vulnerable with a weight over your head and down in a squat at the same time. Now, as time goes on, and as the weights get heavier, catching snatches and cleans in a squat becomes more the norm and the necessity because there’s only so far one can lift that kind of weight off the ground. That’s where speed with getting under the bar becomes more crucial. These are lifts that are a lot more technique-driven, rather than being reliant on pure, raw strength.
  5. In Olympic weightlifting, there are two lifts: the snatch and the clean & jerk. In a standard weightlifting meet, a lifter gets three attempts at each lift, and they are scored by adding their heaviest successful snatch and their heaviest successful clean & jerk. In both lifts, the bar starts on the ground, and the lift is completed with the weight fully overhead, arms fully locked out, and feet together. This video shows a snatch. This is done with a wide grip on the bar. Usually, the grip width is determined by where the bar meets the hip crease. A successful snatch has the lifter pulling the bar from the ground to overhead in a single motion. A clean & jerk is a two-phase lift that uses a narrower grip, usually about shoulder width, sometimes a little wider, depending on the lifter. The first phase is the clean, which comprises the initial pull from the ground to about the collarbone/shoulder area (AKA: front rack position). The second phase is the jerk, where the lifter uses their leg drive to propel the bar from the front rack position to overhead. Some of Whit’s earlier videos showed her working on cleans. Her first video: she’s pulling the bar into herself rather than letting her hips meet the bar, and she landed so far on her toes, she may as well have been wearing pointe shoes rather than weightlifting shoes. Quite an accomplishment, considering most weightlifting shoes are really heavy in the heel, and she does appear to be wearing a pair of Reebok lifters. I won’t make fun of her too hard for the fall considering that the first time I tried to learn the clean & jerk, I fell right on my ass. With an empty training bar (15 lbs.). Second lift: definitely more solid, but not so much drive from the initial pull. Practically a muscle snatch, but not hard to do with pulling a total of 55lbs. She’s still pulling the weight into her hip crease just a little bit, but the bar path is much straighter this go round, and she had a more even landing with her feet. Also, an observation from both lifts: not sure why she’s not doing a hook grip. Some lifters will practice no-hook lifting, but the hook grip is something that is standard and that she needs to get into the habit of. That’s something that takes maybe a couple minutes to learn.
  6. Why is she having anything to do with any training programming, much less charging people for it? She has no training in this arena, and generally fitness trainers have to undergo some sort of certification. If I were any of her coaches - Will, Jess, Sean, etc. - I’d be pissed that this jackhat was trying to pass herself off as a fitness trainer.
  7. Before I got to the bottom, I was about to say, “There’s no way she’s squatting 92 kilos.” Then the correction was made and yeah, 92 lbs is far more believable, even for a set of 5. That bar is rolling up on her neck dangerously, and she’s cruising towards a cracked vertebra. I can’t see her feet, but she has a lean forward, which means she’s not got her weight properly in her heels. Tayler is the other half of the business at Heavy Metal Barbell. I don’t think she and Sean are dating, but I do know she’s an ex-MuscleDriver USA denizen like Sean is. Can the girl not get a bra that fits? I know she has money. There are big girl sports bras that will fit and keep her from being in danger of giving herself a black eye every time she comes up from a squat. Jeez.
  8. Of course! It’s participating in an activity that involves putting MORE weight on your frame that magically healed her bad knees! The weight loss had nothing to do with her joints feeling better. Oh, but we’re not supposed to talk about her weight loss. So sayeth Whit...
  9. Yeah, I had forgotten about the deadlift video. You’re right.
  10. Yeah, you’re right. It’s hard to tell what’s going on if she’s in Charlotte, too. I did check Jessica’s Instagram and there was one photo post of her, Whit, and a couple other people at the Whitewater Center, which is on the outskirts of Charlotte, but everything else of hers seems to be in Greensboro. I’d have allowed for the possibility that perhaps Jessica decided to train olympic lifting and came to Charlotte to do so, as there’s a number of oly lifting gyms in the area run by ex-members of the MuscleDriver USA lifting team (Heavy Metal Barbell being one of them), but there doesn’t seem to be any evidence supporting that being why she’s there. And so far, no, no signs of Sean Rigsby in Whit’s videos.
  11. From what I gather, Will and Jessica seem to be more into CrossFit-style workouts and training (constantly varied, functional fitness, high intensity - that mantra). Yes, there’s some barbell movements involved there, just like there are gymnastic movements or general cardio. However, Whitney’s latest videos are specifically at a gym that specializes in olympic weightlifting. From what I’ve seen, it’s not unusual for someone to decide to dabble in something specific for a while. Go to some workshops to get better at gymnastic type movements. Work on getting better at running. Train in weightlifting for a while. There are many disciplines in fitness. Think about it this way: we have a primary care physician who has general knowledge and can treat us if we’re sick, and check if we’re overall okay. But there are specialists we may get referred to. If your heart rate is off at the time of your yearly physical, you may be told that you need to see a cardiologist. Most people have a dentist they see regularly. Or an optometrist. Or a dermatologist. They know what they know, and refer to someone who knows more about a specific subject if it’s getting to be out of their purview or beyond their level of expertise. It doesn’t look like Jessica is tagging along all the way to Charlotte for this, unless I’ve missed something. She just commented on a video.
  12. I’ve attached that brief exchange. It sounds like Jessica is being complimentary about her bar speed on her lifts. Whitney posted, “Oh, did you see me, boo?” Considering Jessica put a like on Whitney’s response, I don’t take this as any shade being thrown. I think Whitney is just being a little silly with someone she’s known for a while
  13. My understanding of the standard white 5kg plates is that they’re smaller. Full-size standard Olympic plates usually start at 10kg. However, it’s possible that they have some light, large plates to get beginners used to getting a proper setup from the floor to prepare for the initial pull, and with a light weight.
  14. I will say, these aren’t horrible, as far as hang power cleans go. It’s progress, and training with a legit weightlifting coach helps. Lifts already look better than they ever did with Will or Jessica, but to be fair, they tended to be in the CrossFit realm, which does a little bit of everything. Rigsby is strictly an Olympic lifting coach, so this is his bread and butter. I do wonder how much those white plates weigh though, as I’ve never seen them before. They seem to be on the bar kinda wobbily from repeated movement and contact with the ground. That doesn’t really happen with heavier plates, so I’m guessing these are probably 10lb plates to get her used to a proper setup from the ground. Not hating. Form first, add weights later. As to having a belly, it can mess with bar path because when doing the pull, the bar needs to be as close as possible to your body, but there are heavy-bodied lifters out there. Super-heavyweight classes do exist, which would be 109kg+ (Roughly 239lbs+) for men’s body weight and 87kg+ (Approximately 191lbs+) for women. Sarah Robles is an American lifter that’s over 300lbs, and she took bronze at the Rio Olympics in 2016 for her division. Having a weightlifting singlet on would help keep things in. I wonder how Whit’s gonna take that when she does her first sanctioned meet and HAS to wear one, and can’t get away with letting her gut hang out.
  15. Whichever one fits her feigned moral outrage narrative at the time.
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