USA Weightlifting Announces the Lineup of 2021 National Events

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USA Weightlifting Announces the Lineup of 2021 National Events

USA Weightlifting has announced the 2021 National events calendar, bringing the top athletes of the premier strength sport to cities around the United States and Western Canada.

USA Weightlifting will hold a Nike National Championships Week, which is new for the 2021-2024 quadrennial. The event is powered by Rogue Fitness and will crown the Junior, Youth, U-25, and Senior National Champions. Fans will have the chance to see the excitement across over one-week competition, culminating in the overall National Championships that remain on two platforms at the end of the week.

Another new for the 2021-2024 quadrennial is that USA Weightlifting will cooperate with Canadian Weightlifting Fédération Haltérophile Canadienne to expand the American Open Series into the Nike North American Open Series, which is also powered by Rogue Fitness, and host the first USA Weightlifting-sanctioned National Event in Canada.

Here is the 2021 National Events lineup:

North American Open Series East and
National University Championships
Columbus, OH
(The Arnold)
March 4-7
National Championships Week
(Youth, Junior, U25, Senior)
Detroit, MIJune 25-July 4
North American Open SeriesCalgary, AB, CANADASeptember 15-19
North American Open FinalsDenver, CODecember 2-5

Hoping that the impacts of the world health crisis will decrease in the future, USA Weightlifting will go on to work on contingency plans for the events mentioned above. In line with current practices, any decisions about the viability of these events will be made no later than 8 weeks before the scheduled date of the competition.

USA Weightlifting’s Director of Events & Sponsorships Pedro Meloni said that they’re thrilled with the lineup they had put together for the next year. He added that Nationals Week in downtown Detroit would be exciting, and they’re so happy that their friends at Canadian Weightlifting Fédération Haltérophile Canadienne will join them as they expand the American Open Series into Canada.

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The Two Best Weight Lifting Wrist Supports in 2020

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The Two Best Weight Lifting Wrist Supports in 2020

Any seasoned weightlifter understands that sometimes the little things can make a major difference in your strength. And wrist straps and wraps are great examples. As you progress in strength training, these small accessories become more and more useful. Here we write down the two best weight lifting wrist supports in 2020.

Mava Sports Ventilated Workout Gloves

Exercise gloves with wrist wraps can help you become stronger by acting like additional tendons and ligaments while the wrist is bent backward. They distribute the burden strain throughout your forearms instead of getting your fingers assist all of it.

Developed with optimized consolation in mind, their light-weight suppleness ensures you get pleasure from a pure grip with none bulkiness. The wrist wraps can be regulated to your private consolation. Meanwhile, the open hand design gives air flow retaining your palms dry and you can avoid smelly gloves.

The Mava final grip exercise gloves were designed to cowl your complete palm and thumb while allowing the remainder of your hand to breath when you are doing your exercises, weightlifting classes, or wods.

Rip Toned Wrist Wraps 18″ Professional Grade

Endorsed by 2014 world champion powerlifter Kevin Weiss, this greatest heavy obligation elastic wrist wrap solely weight lifting wraps help remove failed lifts and defend your wrist joints from damage while practicing heavy or max lifts. The wraps with premium stitching and excessive finish sturdy broader velcro are adjustable and mechanically cleanable.

These excessive efficiency straps provide weightlifters with wrist assist and stability while doing cross-fit, powerlifting, planks, push-ups, burpees, and power training. This product present good assist, are extra snug and permits wrist flexibility.

If you want to quickly and safely enhance your lifts as well as maximize your good points, this new set of wraps are the products of your choice. They are straight-forward to use or take away, although they are pretty stiff.

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The Best Weightlifting Apps of 2020 (part 3)

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The Best Weightlifting Apps of 2020 (part 3)

Best for Beginners: Fitbod

In the beginning, Fitbod asks for your weight, height, abilities, goals, and some more. Then, it bases on the information you input to build a custom weight training program for you by using a super-smart algorithm. As you log more and more workouts, the algorithm will get smarter. It will adapt and create workouts designed to push you harder.

This app literally fills in the sets, reps, and lifting schemes that you need to perform to see results. In addition, it removes any uncertainty or possibility of discomfort. This is the reason why Fitbod is so great for beginners. Fitbod is quite the similar of a digital personal trainer.

Best for Detailed Workout Logging: Gymaholic

Gymaholic is an app for tracking weightlifting workouts. It is no-frills, yet somehow incredibly detailed. You can track any type of workout set, such as supersets, drop sets, tri-sets, circuits, pyramid sets, sets to failure, and more. It also allows you to tag your weightlifting workouts by types, including TRX, strength, and bodybuilding.

In addition, Gymaholic supports tracking of your one-rep maxes, heart rate during workouts, body measurements, body composition, other personal records, and much more. It integrates with Apple Watch and the Apple Health app so you can see all your data wherever you need it.

Best for Minimal Equipment Workouts: Sworkit

Sworkit is one of the best fitness apps for iPhone. It is there for you when you are in an overcrowded gym or in a hotel gym with a lack of equipment, or any other place where you can’t complete your usual routine. Sworkit is also a great app for busy professionals who don’t have much time, parents who need to practice at home, and travelers who often have limited space.

With Sworkit, you can filter workouts by goals, time, and level of difficulty. If you’re feeling creative, you even can create your own workout by pulling from the app’s exercise library.

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The Best Weightlifting Apps of 2020 (part 2)

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The Best Weightlifting Apps of 2020 (part 2)

Best for In-depth Information: Fitness Point

The free and pro versions of Fitness Point both boast expansive exercise libraries, complete with text descriptions, images, and clear explanations of how each exercise affects your muscles. The more popular exercises also feature video animations to ensure that you lift with good form.

Tracking-wise, Fitness Point provides a comprehensive workout log feature in which you can add reps, sets, weights, rest intervals, the date, and notes. The notes section is very helpful for logging things such as “had a couple of drinks last night” or “only slept six hours” to help users look back and understand the patterns behind their workout performance.

This app also supports workout building, so you can set up routines to use if it is convenient. Fitness Point is also available for Apple Watch, so for those who use iPhones, they don’t even need to use phone during workouts.

Best for Veteran Weightlifters: Strong

Strong helps weightlifters with an amazing suite of features: You can discover new exercises since it’s easy to get stuck in a rut); watch instructional videos (since even the pros need refreshers); customize rest timers so you stay on track; and save any workout as a template to complete again (since no one wants to fiddle with numbers over and over).

On top of all these things, you can also chart your weightlifting progress over any custom date range for any exercises, and track your body weight, body composition, and other body measurements you pick up to log. Strong supports weightlifters who enjoy various workouts with tracking features that allow you to log different types of exercise, from assisted body weight to compound to isolation. You can also track with accuracy as well as tag sets as a warm-up, failure, or drop sets

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The Best Weightlifting Apps of 2020 (part 1)

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The Best Weightlifting Apps of 2020 (part 1)

If you find that most fitness apps are too little or too much for your workout goals, please check out this list of specialized weight-oriented apps focusing on realizing gains and introducing with you the right way to put on more muscle.

The Best App for Simple Workout Tracking: Simple Workout Log

Simple Workout Log is an app that offers a very simple yet functional way to track your weightlifting workouts. It is perfect for the those who wants to spend more time lifting but less time fiddling with an app. This app features almost all the features you may expect: Its minimalistic approach helps you to enter your exercise, how many reps and sets, and the weight you used. You can organize your exercises by creating routines or adding them to categories. The routine feature is very helpful if you usually do the same workouts like a basic powerlifting session.

Simple Workout Log is available both on the Google Play store and on desktops, but the iOS version of the app hasn’t come yet. In the meantime, iPhone users can access Simple Workout Log on any mobile web browser. 

The Best App for Learning New Exercises: Jefit

Jefit is an excellent weightlifting app for those who like a visual refresher of exercises. It features a robust exercise library with photos and videos of real people praticing the exercises. With above 1,300 exercises in the library, you can find almost whatever you need when you feel unsure about a movement.

The app also has a routine planning feature that helps you to build out your workout routines for a week and beyond. There are also pre-built weighlifting routines if you don’t feel like making your own (since let’s be honest, programming workouts is hard work).

If you want to track your workouts, use Jefit’s tracking feature to log exercises, sets, reps, and weight, as well as a workout timer to keep you on track by counting down until your next set.


US teacher uses powerlifting to explain physics

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US teacher uses powerlifting to explain physics

In 2006 when she first started weightlifting on the advice of a co-worker, Jennifer Gimmell – a College of DuPage (COD) physics adjunct faculty member – found it to be a fun activity. The grueling workouts provided an amazing stress reliever to help balance the mental challenges of studying subatomic particles at the same times working as a graduate student researcher at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory’s collider detector in Batavia.

Now a member of COD’s faculty for over 10 years and a physics teacher at Benet Academy in Lisle, Gimmell said that she is surprised to find that weightlifting holds an unexpected correlation to teaching physics to students. Moreover, the sport provides an additional means to connect with college and high school students.

Gimmell’s desire to connect with students and her willingness to take on innovative approaches led to her being chosen as a Supporting Teachers to Encourage the Pursuit of Undergraduate Physics for Women (STEP UP) Ambassador by the American Physical Society. STEP UP Ambassadors are committed to empowering fellow teachers in shifting deep-seated cultural views and to inspiring young women to pursue physics degrees in college.

In 2015, Benet Academy student and U.S. Presidential Scholar Joseph A. Popelka chose her as his most influential teacher. Meanwhile, at COD, she received an Innovation Award from the college’s IDEA Center for a “flipped class” teaching method wherein students view video lectures at home and then spend the time in the classroom actively working on lesson assignments.

Just as in her teaching, Gimmell constantly pushes herself to excel in her lifting. She recently was named one of the top 30 female weightlifters in the sport by the World Powerlifting Organization (WPO) and, as a result, competed at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

She said that this year’s Arnold Sports Festival provided an opportunity to push herself beyond her limits, a challenge she embraced. She set personal records with her dead lift and bench press, which also set a WPO record. Gimmell also achieved her first competition total lift of more than 1,400 pounds. She said she couldn’t be prouder of her performance                                                                                                                                                     She added that lifting has provided her with benefits that go beyond physical strength.


Three Basic Tips for Beginner Powerlifters

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Three Basic Tips for Beginner Powerlifters

If you’re thinking about starting to powerlift then you’ll need to consider everything from how to structure your program to tips for your first competition. It can feel somewhat overwhelming, but in this guide, I’ll share exactly what you need to know to be successful in the sport of powerlifting.

1. Always squat below parallel

How many times have you seen lifters in training squatting high and saying ill get depth on the day, then the comp comes around and everything falls apart because you haven’t trained to the depth.

Now in the grand scheme of a training cycle is one or two high squats going to ruin your prep? Absolutely not! This is mainly aimed at people who are squatting high week in and week out.

2. Practice the pause in the bench at least once a week.

Just like the squat I’ve seen loads of people saying they can bench this and that but when it comes to a comp and pausing the lift there numbers are way back. Do practice the pause enough and it becomes second nature, my pause bench is even bigger than my touch and go bench at this stage.

3. Never touch and go deadlifts or worse bounce them

By killing it dead once again like the other two lifts your practicing the competition movement and re-enforcing your start position which in turn makes you stronger from that position. I worked with one lifter in particular who claimed a 180kgx8 deadlift yet could only pull 190kg for 1. I asked him to show me his deadlifts and there it was, touch and go every rep. All I had him do was dead stop them, within weeks he was pulling over 200kg.

Seems simple but so many people get it wrong! You could go one further and have your training partner or coach give competition commands to really get you use to what’s to come at competition.

Give it a go and I assure you you’ll be much better off on the day of a competition.


World Para Powerlifting set up online competition to support athletes during coronavirus pandemic

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World Para Powerlifting set up online competition to support athletes during coronavirus pandemic

World Para Powerlifting has launched an online competition under the name “Raise The Bar Together” in order to help athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

World Para Powerlifting has required participants to make a small donation to humanitarian aid organizations or local clubs in lieu of an entrance fee.

The online competition has been created with the aim of supporting powerlifting athletes to continue their training at home and stay safe during the new novel coronavirus crisis.

Athletes who are competitors are allowed to submit up to 3 videos of lift challenges and they are ranked by their “AH” score, meaning the result of a statistical coefficient.

The “AH” score is used to equalize as well as compare the performances of the athletes between different body weights at competitions in the sport of powerlifting.

Technical officials are also invited to judge the games on the online “Raise The Bar Together” platform.

Sherif Osman of Egypt, a three-time Paralympic champion, welcomes the creation of the online event.

Osman said that with the uncertainty of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, this online competition platform can help all powerlifting athletes to stay motivated and be able to train at their homes safely. It is so exciting to see other athletes’ lifts and results from afar.

The outbreak of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 50,000 people and infected more than 950,000, has caused a near total shutdown of sports worldwide.

It also forced the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed to 2021.

Para Powerlifting World Cups in Colombia, Dubai, and Bogota, planned for March and April, respectively, have all been canceled due to the virus.

Besides World Para Powerlifting, some other organizations have also established online events in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Ten things you should avoid in a powerlifting gym (part 3)

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Ten things you should avoid in a powerlifting gym (part 3)

8. Be Loud and Obnoxious

It might be understandable that a powerlifting gym sometimes has some grunting, yelling, which is even necessary in some case. So, it’s no need to complain about the noise. However, be reasonable since there are many other people who are training at the same room and there are also those that might take craziness to the next level.

9. Stink

Whether it is the body funk that makes you smell like you reside in an onion patch, or bad breath that would make anyone nauseous, the people around you are going to notice. So make sure not to be oblivious to the fact that your hygiene is something inconvenient to everybody around you.

Remember to brush, floss, gargle, and shower every day. Apply deodorant and even one or two sprits of cologne (don’t do it too much as this isn’t pleasant either).

Avoid wearing the same clothes more than once without washing and keep your gear clean and smelling fresh.

10. Be Rude

This is one of the most important rules in gym. It is annoying to see someone’s stuff on a machine while they are not in your sight. So just leave it exactly where it is and wait until that person comes back and ask them how many more sets they have.

You might not be too happy if someone else moved your stuff and used the equipment you planned to use.

Being rude by any way is unacceptable and there is a huge difference between standing up for yourself and just being rude. The gym should be a place to encourage and offer help to other people who are on the same path with you.

So, understand that you should be an example no matter the circumstance, no matter how bad someone’s actions may tick you off. Your attitude should reflect the discipline and self-control of your own.


Ten things you should avoid in a powerlifting gym (part 2)

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Ten things you should avoid in a powerlifting gym (part 2)

5. Walk-In Front of somebody During Their Set

Is it really an excessive amount of to ask? If you see someone who is noticeably employing a mirror to make sure they’re maintaining proper form then the polite thing to try to would be to steer around. It doesn’t matter if you walk by fast it’s just good etiquette to not roll in the hay.

6. Leave Your Weights On The Equipment/ Not Rerack

This one might even be worse than not wiping down your equipment after use (also on our list) and it’s one among the most important ways to point out a scarcity of respect for the opposite people within the gym. Nobody wants to unload 10 plates on a barbell or shop around for dumbbells across the gym.

Can it just be that they weren’t taught this once they first started lifting? Maybe these people think that others won’t mind putting their weights back or they only can’t be bothered to try to to it themselves…

Surely though, everyone has seen the signs in just about every gym that requests all gym-goers put their weights back whether plates or dumbbells and from experience we all know that in many gyms, the front staff makes this known when someone signs up.

Don’t be that one that leaves the load on the equipment because this is often not only very rude and inconsiderate but who wants to be exhausted before they even begin their set.

7. Attempt to Be The Gym Coach

Every gym has that one guy who feels the necessity to correct everyone’s form. Although, every now then it’s going to be warranted because you never want to ascertain anyone gets hurt doing reckless movements. But repeatedly, the one handing out tips isn’t an expert and is simply trying to offer out advice supported bro-science which is basically annoying, to be quite honest.

Sensible advice is usually good under the proper circumstances but doesn’t go around trying to correct everyone’s form as you’ll not even be conversant in the exercise or the modification that somebody is trying out.