Competition update: two weeks to go

My first lifting competition is two weeks away and this week has been a roller coaster, but what week with kids isn’t? We had doctors appointments for both girls with shots and fevers resulting; my youngest is consistently slept through the night, but my oldest has started fighting her bedtime; and I realized there are two weeks before I lift in front of a crowd of people all of whom are stronger and have more experience in the world of weightlifting than me. To say I feel a little out of my league is an understatement.

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Countdown to Comp: One month to go

One month. I have one month left to prepare for the Olympic Day weightlifting competition that I signed up for in a desperate attempt to motivate myself to get back into the gym after having my second baby in two years.

So far, it’s going as good as can be expected. I have a lot of technique to work on and each week I make small, but purposeful changes that I hope will get me to the heavier weights. Right now, I’m hoping to nab a 90-pound snatch and a 110-pound clean and jerk. That may be a bit out of my reach right now, but we will see in a month.

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Lifting for two: How I continued weightlifting through two pregnancies | Andrea Signor

Squatting 115 pounds at 34 weeks pregnant
Getting squats in at 34 weeks pregnant

This is a post about weightlifting — real weightlifting. Most internet searches of “weightlifting while pregnant” churn up results for “lifting” with 15-pound weights or, as my husband calls them, “the pink dumbbells.”

When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I was surprised at how little information was out there for women who power lifted or did Olympic lifts, given the popularity of CrossFit. Most of the decent information out there is anecdotal (as is this post) or is advice to pregnant women from male coaches — not that their input doesn’t have merit, but, come on! Continue reading “Lifting for two: How I continued weightlifting through two pregnancies | Andrea Signor”