A. People constantly ask me how I made it onto the Youth World team. Honestly, the answer is complicated, but I will say that it took a lot of hard work and focus. It was a journey I was so grateful I embarked.
This journey began around one year ago, when I competed at my first National Juniors. Every time I set foot in the gym, it was to train for this competition. I understood that this was my time to shine and to be noticed in the sport of Weightlifting. However, when my time came to actually compete, things did not go as planned. I wound up bombing out* in the snatch.
At that moment, I was devastated. I trained vigorously for what seemed like nothing. This was my first National competition, and I wasn’t even going to walk away with a total*. However, after I wiped away my tears (yes, I did cry), I realized that I wasn’t going to let my zero-total* convert into a zero-day. I realized that one obstacle in my path was not going to end my career. So, I decided staying fully committed to these next lifts (the clean and jerk) was worth risking further embarrassment because the opportunity to learn and become stronger, both physically and mentally, outweighed my fear. After failing every individual lift of the first round, I made every lift of the final round and even set a new personal record.
It was this critical moment in my journey when I figured out I wanted to make the team. It was also this moment that I knew because I was willing to give it my all, even after having completely failed in the snatch, I would make the Youth World team.
So, fast forward one year, and I am at National Juniors again. This also happened to be the Youth Worlds qualifier. Knowing that I bombed out last year, the pressure was on. I was mentally prepared this time, knowing that whatever happened, I was still a winner for making it that far. Having this in mind, I embraced confidence, and was calmer. At this competition, I hit a PR snatch, PR clean and jerk, PR total, got 3rd place overall, and made the team.
Ironically, I am thankful to have experienced failure at my first competition. This failure gave me the tools I needed to succeed at my next competition. It taught me that simply wanting something is not rewarding. However, if I work as hard as I can, stay determined, and am assertive, I can make anything happen. I will overcome the mental barrier, and I will win.
I am currently coached by Dr. Richard Borden, former international Olympic committee member and coach. I am also coached by Mark House, and occassionally by Mike Burgener. I train five to six days a week, for two hours each session. Because I am also an aspiring student, it is frequently difficult to find time to train, but because it’s absolutely worth it to me, I make the time.
This is the program I am currently following in preparation for Youth Worlds:
Day 1: Snatch (in %) 50 x3 60 x3 70 x2 80 x1 90 x1 95 x1 100 x1 Snatch Pulls (in % of snatch) 90 x5 100 x4 110 x3x3x3 Front Squats (in %) 70 x5 80 x3 90 x2 95 x2x2 Core
Day 2: Clean and Jerk (in % – only jerk on the last rep) 50 x3 60×3 70 x2 80 x1 90 x1 95 x1 100 x1 Clean Pulls (in % of c&j) 90 x5 100 x4 110 x3x3x3 Military Press (in % of c&j) 20 x5 30 x3 40 x3 45 x2x2 Core
Day 3: Same as day 1 except instead of pulls, RDLs at the same percentages
Day 4: Same as day 2 except instead of pulls, RDLs at the same percentages
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: Snatch (in %) 50 x3 60 x3 70 x2 80 x1 90 x1 95 x1 100 x1 Clean and Jerk (in % – only jerk on the last rep) 50 x3 60 x3 70 x2 80 x1 90 x1 95 x1 100 x1 Front Squats (in %) 70 x5 80 x3 90 x2x2
Day 7: Rest
This is a great program for getting your body ready to max out, and isn’t overly exhausting. It’s specifically for right before a competition and does not incorporate any assist exercises because those are for building strength, and at this point, you are simply preparing your body for the competition.
Any questions? Let me know!!
With much love,
When competing in weightlifting, a lifter gets three attempts at snatch and three attempts at clean and jerk. The best snatch and best C&J are then added together to get a score, commonly referred to as a “total”. When a lifter does not make a snatch, they have “bombed out” the snatch, getting a 0 score for snatch. The lifter then gets three attempts to C&J; their best C&J then becomes their total. If they do not make a C&J, they will receive a “zero-total” (sometimes referred to as “bombing out” for the meet).