The quintessentials of weightlifting is rarely discussed and personally I feel it is related to the coaching philosophy developed by the coach imparted to the athlete. In any sport, the coach has certain ideals and thoughts that they constantly strive to bring about through their lifters and also through their coaching methodology. For example, the Russians have a certain way of teaching and programming the lifts and that’s what makes them Russian. So do the Chinese. On top of that, everyone likes their lists, everyone loves their numbers, and everyone loves the alphabet. So here’s my little take on the ABCs of weightlifting from the eye of a coach, an athlete, a recreational individual, a modern day coach, a modern day athlete or whatever you want to call me.
A – Appreciation
Appreciation is something that many struggle to get a grasp of. Appreciation comes in many forms within the world of weightlifting. You appreciate the technicality of the movements. You appreciate your coach’s ideas and methods. You appreciate the platform and the competition vibe it brings to you. You appreciate the history and tradition of the sport. You should also appreciate the evolution of the sport. You should also appreciate the people who are working to make the sport more accessible and popular. You should appreciate that you are given a gift when you are involved in the sport and that you should do what you can to share what you know.
Too many people fail to appreciate the right things and only choose to appreciate what they deem fit. Weightlifting is so diverse and there is still so much more for us to explore and discover. Being able to appreciate that helps the sport evolve, not being stuck in your ways thinking you have already attained the highest level of the sport.
B – Benevolence
The community of weightlifting is small and close-knitted to begin with. If you don’t have an appreciation for the fact that we should be working with each other to improve the sport or its popularity, we lose the vision of creating a bigger community in the sport. Benevolence is defined as the quality of being well meaning. As a coach, as an athlete, or as an individual involved in the sport, what have you done to mean well for the sport? Have you done all you can to allow people to enjoy the sport or have you constantly belittled people in the sport only because you think you know almost everything?
Even the best coaches with the most experience seek to learn more and understand why. Being open to learning allows people to understand that you are constantly improving yourself to help them get better.
C – Character
Also related to the last point, character is something you build up as you grow into the sport of weightlifting. It definitely takes a lot to be knocked down by the bar after each failed attempt and coming back to it to make the lift. It also takes a lot of character to push through working on your weaknesses to improve a certain aspect of your lift, fully committing to your program and listening to your coach.
Character also refers to the way you approach the sport. Being one who chooses to contribute to the growth of the sport is the direction of growth that weightlifting needs and seems to be heading towards. Always seek to help others improve is what I say and try to do. Regardless of the time and the effort.
Well that’s the ABCs from me. I wouldnt do the whole alphabet only because in weightlifting, we don’t go more than 3 reps for the classic lifts.
Stay Strong and Keep Growing the Sport,
Lester aka The Training Geek.