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Thursday, September 4, 2014

10 Reasons to Lift at the Oylmpia Cup

The Risto Olympia Cup by AlaskaFit productions is September 19 and 20th, 2014. It is an Open International Event and is sanctioned by USAW.  Registration deadline is SEPT 13, registration link is: http://www.ristosports.com/conferences/training/books/alaskafit-presents-risto-sports-olympia-cup-registration/

Why you must register:

1. Free demonstrations by Dmitry Klokov
In between lifting sessions, you get to watch Dmitry Klokov train.  He will be lifting on his new line of Klokov IWF specification bars and bumpers by AGAIN FASTER!
He will be hanging out at the lifting area to meet you, answer questions, and sign autographs! (free to registered competitors)


2. Be the first to compete on the Klokov bar and plates by Again Faster
I don't know about you, but I only do heavy Olympic lifts on IWF spec bars. And, I'm always looking for a great Olympic set at a great price.  This set was designed to IWF spec's with Dmitry Klokov by Again Faster.  Plus, Again Faster is based in the US, right in Boston.

3.  Prizes
The more who register, the more who sponsor the event , the more prize money you can win.  We plan to give out prizes based on gender and division. We will also have medals.

4. Competitor gift bags
Every competitor gets a FREE T-shirt and FREE Swag bag.   That's right be treated the way you should for lifting all those big weights.  We got you covered.

5.  It's a September meet right before the USAW qualification deadline for American Open!
Use the amazing set-up, big competition feel, crowd, and media coverage to hit new PR's. This competition is perfectly timed for planning to max out at the American Open.  See my my post on the new USAW qualifying standards for American Open.

6. Media coverage!
Get your face and name out there.  This event is Officially held in conjunction with the Mr. Olympia weekend -- you know what that means-- tons of media will be on the competition floor.  Did you know that NBC Sports covers the Olympia?

7. Amazing sponsors
Ok, the Risto Olympia Cup is such a premier even that Klokov is coming... well, guess what, here's some of the amazing sponsors who have lined up to support this event, so you can have an amazing experience:  MetRX New Grip , Again Faster , Broz's gym , Alaska Fit , and Risto Sports

8. It's in Vegas!
The event is in Las Vegas. There will be plenty to do and to eat between lifting sessions.  Vegas is extremely accessible from the LA area as well.  Perfect excuse to go to Vegas.

9.  It's an official event of the Olympia
This is awesome because the event is inside the Olympia Expo.  As a competitor, you get free access to the expo!   The expo is like trick or treat for lifters. You're surrounded by other strength sport events as well as supplement companies that are basically throwing free samples of protein bars at you.  Its a crazy fun time. The lifting area is right in the midst of all the action. We're next to the strongman competition, and a few steps away from huge booths like bodybuilding.com and muscletech.

10.  Meet other celebrities at the Risto Olympia Cup competition
UPDATED 9/7/2014:  IFBB pro, Justin Compton, one of the youngest pro's ever, will be at the Risto Olympia booth all weekend!
As you may know from my other posts, Risto Sports and AlaskFit have worked with the biggest names in the bodybuilding world such as Kai Greene, Dana Linn Bailey, Mike O'Hearn, and George Farah.  Look to meet stars of the bodybuilding and fitness world right at our venue.  Additionally, several international weightlifters have expressed interest in attending.

Monday, August 18, 2014

USA Weightlifting's new National Qualifying totals, a good thing

USAW  just released a new qualification totals for National competitions.  Well, more than new totals, USAW has put in a new system for qualifying for National competitions.

Per their website, www.usaweightlifting.org , they describe the unprecedented number of entries at the 2014 National Championships driving the needs to raise the standards at Nationals.

A lot of our athletes at Risto Sports expressed concern and confusion.  While the system for qualifying is now a bit more complex than just hitting a total, I believe it can be boiled down to a couple of things:
- Meet the Candidate National total and you'll be locked into a National meet
OR
- Be top 15 in your weight class while exceeding the minimum standards

So, yes, if you're like me and already exceed the Candidate National totals in the weight classes you intend to compete in and you're higher than 15th in the country, you got no worries.   In almost every weight class, the candidate national total will put you in the top 5 in your class.

The good thing for your is you'll never have to decide how low or high to put your announced total for fear of lifting in a B session.   There will be fewer fake announced entry totals on National start lists.   For example, in 2013, a particular former CrossFit Games competitor listed their 58kg Nationals entry total as over 200kg, when they had not totaled above 149? in USAW competitions.  On the other hand, there are plenty of A session athletes who low-ball their total.  As an athlete, its not my concern, it is my coaches, I just find it annoying (hey, I always say what I mean and mean what I say).

I predict local competitions will be raised to a higher standard, especially as the site mentions possibility of regional championships.  This then will also mean that all LWC's or regions will keep records that count.  For example, in New England, I am so fortunate that my local New England LWC keeps meticulous records going back to the 60's, at least, and they carry records across weight class changes too.

Additionally, Nationals will always mean something.  I have won several National Competitions and medaled in more than I can remember. It really sucks when you realize that athletes in a weight class 3 classes higher than you lifted less than you did to win or medal in their class. Trust me, there have been a few occasions at a NATIONAL level competition when I lifted 63kg and could have won or medaled as a super heavyweight with the same total.

Recognition that you lift something respectable regardless of how the qualification systems change. So, in 2012, I dissected on this blog faults in the 2012 National Ranking system, almost by accident. I discovered my sinclair was higher than people ranked 7 placements higher than me. Well, with the new National ranking qualifying standards and National competitions qualifying totals, there is less of a chance of this happening.  From an engineer's stand point (some one who does a lot of statistics, non-linear analyses, etc), I would say the 2014 qualification systems are so much better-- their only weakness is the super heavyweight category. There is a much bigger spread between the top 3 superheavy weights in the world and supers who are ranked 4th-10th.  So, if you can do a 10th in the world total as a super female, you're chances are far  lower of medaling than if you did a 10th in the world total as a 63 for example.

For lifters that can do the minimum standard and are not in the top 15 of  their weight class, this will make qualifying a matter of how many people decide to sign-up. It will be interesting to see how quickly USAW will be able to respond to dole out the final spots. It will likely add some administrative burden, which is a small trade-off for hosting the best possible National meets.

On the positive, it will force everyone to get better and to improve their lifting.

The cut off for the American Open is October 1.  Check our the Olympia Cup , which is already scheduled for September 19&20 in conjunction with the Olympia, to up your total at a high value competition, plus Dmitry Klokov will be doing a free demonstration there . Register  here:
http://www.ristosports.com/conferences/training/books/alaskafit-presents-risto-sports-olympia-cup-registration/



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