Rachel Campbell Receives ANOTHER Sanction for Violating Anti-Doping Rule

Rachel Campbell at the 2018 Wodapalooza Fitness Festival.
Rachel Campbell was sanctioned by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on February 1, 2019, for refusing to take an out-of-competition drug test on November 11, 2018. Campbell's refusal to submit a sampleĀ is a doping violation under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic...

Kate Vibert Unofficially Breaks American Record

Kate Vibert hits a 107kg snatch in training. Screenshot via Instagram, @katevibert.
Kate Vibert is quickly becoming one the top lifters in the United States. Yesterday during training, Vibert unofficially broke Mattie Rogers' American Record Snatch in the old 69kg weight category. Vibert hit 107kg in the snatch, a PR. She followed that up with another PR...

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet to Compete at American Open Series 3 Next Month

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 CrossFit Games. Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet is just a few weeks removed from competing at the 2018 CrossFit Games where she finished 13th overall. Leblanc-Bazinet is now, however, shifting her focus to the weightlifting platform in preparation of the Nike 2018 American Open Series 3 competition next month. Leblanc-Bazinet...

The New IWF Bodyweight Categories Didn’t Do Mattie Rogers Any Favors

Mattie Rogers at the 2017 USAW National Championships. Photo courtesy of Lifting Life.
Mattie Rogers is probably the most well-known Olympic weightlifter in the United States. Rogers narrowly missed qualifying for the Olympics in 2016, but she has probably garnered more national attention than even Olympic bronze medalist Sarah Robles. Rogers competes in the 69kg bodyweight category and...

Here Are The New Weightlifting Bodyweight Categories

Alyssa Ritchey clean jerk at the 2017 IWF World Championships. Photo courtesy of Lifting Life.
While it is technically not official (the IWF Congress has to ratify the rules), the new bodyweight categories have been released. It's now just a formality before these go into effect. What makes the change the most interesting is how the IWF responded to the...

IWF Takes It Easy on Three Countries, Lifts Doping Suspenions Early

Aleksei Lovchev at the 2015 IWF World Championships. Photo by Lifting Life.
The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) suspending nine countries last October for wide scale doping violations from their athletes. Three of those countries- Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan- have had their one-year suspension lifted early because these countries "have met all the criteria to warrant the...

IWF Working Group to Propose New Weight Categories in July

2017 USA Weightlifting National Championships. Photo by Lifting Life
Last week an International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Working Group met in Budapest to work through possible weight category proposals. The goal of the working group is to come up with one proposal to submit to the IWF Committees and Executive Board during their meeting...

Mike Burgener’s House and Gym Possibly Damaged in LA Fires

Mike Burgener's house and gym are near the wild fires currently blazing near Los Angeles, California. Right now the Burgener family does not have specifics, but their minihouse and deck have been affected by the fires. The Burgener family is safe and are just waiting...

Team USA’s Sarah Robles Sweeps Gold!

Sarah Robles wins three gold medals at 2017 IWF World Championships. Photo courtesy of Lifting Life.
Two-time Olympian Sarah Robles capped off a successful week for Team USA at the 2017 IWF World Championships. Robles, who won bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics, did even better on the World Championship platform in Anaheim, California, on Tuesday. Robles walked away with three...

Olympic British Weightlifter Sonny Webster Suspended 4 Years for Anti-Doping Violation

Sonny Webster at the 2015 IWF World Championships. Photo courtesy of Lifting Life.
British Weight Lifting (BWL) has suspended Olympian Sonny Webster for failing an out-of-competition drug test on May 23, 2017. Webster's A and B samples tested positive for Ostarine, a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM). The BWL has suspended four years through June 13, 2021. Webster...

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