Michele Letendre Qualifies for 2017 Pan American Championships

Michele Letendre after qualifying for the 2017 Pan American Championships - via Instagram (@mich_letendre)
On Saturday, Michele Letendre competed at the Classique due Quebec 2017 weightlifting event in order to qualify to the 2017 Pan American Championships for Canada. Letendre, competing in the 58kg weight category, finished with an 88kg snatch, 106kg clean & jerk and a 194kg...

Kelly (Breanne) Dykes Receives Four-Year Sanction For Anti-Doping Violation

Kelly (Breanne) Dykes at 2016 USAW National Under 25 Championships in New Orleans, LA - photo: Lifting Life
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) issued a four-year sanction to Kelly (Breanne) Dykes last week following a positive in-competition drug test at the 2016 USAW National Under 25 Championships in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dykes tested positive for clenbuterol, ostarine and a metabolite of tamoxifen. Dykes'...

Tia-Clair Toomey & Alethea Boon Podium at 2017 Australian International & Australian Open

Tia-Clair Toomey and Alethea Boon at 2017 Australian Open - via Instagram
in 2016, Tia-Clair Toomey placed 2nd at the CrossFit Games in Carson, California, and a couple weeks later, Toomey finished 14th in the women's 58kg weight category. Alethea Boon ruptured her Achilles tendon at the CrossFit Games and has been rehabbing her way back...

Derrick Johnson Talks Nutrition and Elimination Diet

Derrick Johnson at 2016 USAW National Championships
Derrick Johnson has competed on USAW International Teams, holds the American Record Snatch and Total in the 62kg weight category and is one of the nation's top weightlifters. Over the past four years, Johnson has changed his diet and has caused him to be...

USAW Announces International Team Rosters

Kaela Stephano at 2016 USAW Youth Championships
USA Weightlifting (USAW) has announced the rosters of the first three international competitions of 2017. The Youth World Championships, Junior Pan American Championships and the Junior World Championships are set and ready to go. Let's check out the teams! IWF Youth World Championships (Bangkok, Thailand) April...

285kg Pause Squat?

Nathan Damron with a 285kg pause back squat (screen cap via Instagram)
Nathan Damron's Instagram feed is full of impressive feats. His latest? A 285kg pause back squat. That's only 628 pounds! 628lb (285kg) pause squat #freedomfridge #squateveryday _______________________________________ @masheliteperformance @earthfedmuscle @intekstrength @harbingerfitness #lift #lifter #lifting #weightlifting #oly #olylifting #powerlifting #crossfit #clean #jerk #snatch #press #bench #fitness #diet...

2017 USAW Junior National Championships Are This Weekend

Jourdan Delacruz at 2016 U25 Championships
It's hard to believe the first USAW national event is already underway in 2017. The Junior National Championships kicked off today in Kansas City and run through Sunday. The best lifters 20 years old and under are in Missouri lifting as we speak. Here are...

CJ Cummings Front Squatted How Much?

CJ Cummings front squats 222kg for 2
So this happened... 222kg (488 pounds) for 2 reps! 222kg for 2 reps 💪💪💪💪💪 A video posted by CJ Cummings🏋🏾💯 (@cj__cummings) on Feb 2, 2017 at 7:28am PST //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js Cummings' coach, Ray Jones of Team Beaufort Weightlifting, commented, "What he is not telling you is...... he DID NOT...

Russia Drops Appeal of IWF’s One-Year Ban

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Russian Weightlifting Federation's (RWF) President Maxim Agapitov met with IWF President Dr. Tamas Ajan last week in Budapest. During the meeting, Agapitov announced that the RWF would be withdrawing its appeal of the IWF's one-year ban against the country's weightlifting association. The one-year ban stemmed...

USA Weightlifting Issues Statement on Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

Nijat Rahimov (KAZ) during 2015 IWF World Championships
President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration that was signed last week has created a lot of controversy. The travel ban affecting seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia) could also impact USA Weightlifting (USAW) The USAW has a team currently preparing...

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