Recap of Olympic Lifting Meet…or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Singlet

Oct 22nd, 2013

Category: Emeryville

Recap of Olympic Lifting Meet…or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Singlet


This picture was almost as awkward as wearing a singlet while lifting


As we wrote about last week, there was an Olympic Weightlifting meet at CFO this past Sunday.  Max and Jo Ann put on a great meet–well organized with a supportive atmosphere for all the lifters.

There were a ton of great lifters going throughout the day, but as we mentioned in the post last week, there was a little side competition going on between Arnold and myself.  Let’s get it out of the way:  Arnold handed it to me.  His total was 12 kg higher than mine, with a whopping 10 kg advantage on the clean-and-jerk.  Even after adjusting for bodyweight (Arnold had about 15 pounds on me), using a formula called the Sinclair Coefficient, Arnold came out on top.  Had I made my final clean-and-jerk, I would have had him beat in the Sinclair, but he still would’ve lifted more weight than I did overall.  Strong work, Arnold!

Here were our best lifts.


Snatch:  83 kg (183 lbs); Clean-and-Jerk:  111 kg (244 lbs)


Snatch:  81 kg (178 lbs); Clean-and-Jerk:  101 kg (222 lbs)

In terms of attempts, Arnold went 4 for 6, making 2 of his 3 snatches and 2 of his 3 clean-and-jerks.  I went 5 for 6, going 3 for 3 on snatches and 2 for 3 on clean-and-jerks.  Both of us were a little conservative on the snatch (lesson learned for next time), hitting numbers that were well below our training maxes.  This is pretty common in a first meet, though, which is what it was for both of us.

Also, Arnold and I both wanted to give a huge thank-you to all of you CFOers who came out and supported us.  It was great having some familiar faces in the crowd.

Oh, and because I competed in the Masters division (the Old Guys division), through the miracle of science and mathematics, I managed to take home a silver medal for finishing second place.

We’re already looking forward to our next meet (hopefully we can find one in December).  It’s a chance for us to improve on our performance, and a chance for me to narrow the gap.  And maybe we can talk a few of you out there into competing with us!