24 Hours Until My First Weightlifting Meet

The moment I started weightlifting, I knew I wanted to test everything I have learned, and it’s finally here! I am 24 hours away from competing in my first ever weightlifting meet. I have had some people ask me, “Are you ready?” My answer is always the same. “Yeah, I think so, with a cheerful grin of nerves.” I have trained and worked hard for five months, and it is boiling down to six lifts. There are three attempts for each lift, the snatch and clean and jerk. For instance, if I make my first attempt on my snatch lift, I can move up in weight, but I will only have three attempts on that lift. The same requirements would apply to the clean and jerk attempts.

In preparation for Iron Cat, my coach and teammates have been super supportive; they gave me advice from their past meets and reminded me that this is my first meet, so I shouldn’t overthink it too much. I would like to show you a video I made from one of my training programs along with an attempt of my PR (personal record) on my snatch that I made the other day.

The squat clean is a movement that prepares for the clean and jerk. If you don’t know what a “clean and jerk” is, please refer to my second blog post on how that is performed.

In the first video, I mention kilos, in weightlifting, the required weight is lifted in kilograms, not pounds. So, I first warm up with a light to moderately hard weight; 36kg/81lb, 45 kg/99 lb, and last 57 kg/125 lb.  These numbers are based on my max clean and jerk that I tested five months ago. Weightlifters use a base called, “maxes” to calculate a percentage to work off of based on programming.



Published by Illianna Degollado

Hi, my name is Illianna! And I'm from Austin, Texas. Fun fact about me, yes already into the first sentence here's a fun fact, I am what the locals call a "unicorn." I have lived in Austin for 28 years now, and have yet to love another city as much as this one. Do I need to get out more? You betcha! I live with my fiance, Matt, and our two doggos. My two-year-old Boxer named Katrin and my 10-year-old miniature dachshund named Marley. And, yes, it's never a dull moment with a dog that doesn't know she weighs 65 pounds and the other who still tries to own the house at a whomping 15 pounds. When I'm not escaping the beautiful traffic of Austin, I am a local marketer for an up and coming marketing consulting agency. I specialize in helping clients with their LinkedIn Marketing Strategy to drive more sales, brand awareness and become a thought leader for their field and network. I love my job for one reason, I love helping people. My passion for marketing, pr and social media started in my late teen years. I was going to high school and was blessed to have hard-working parents. So much so, they would own their own businesses and become entrepreneurs. I saw the struggle and the difficulty it took on both of my parents, and what made it even more frustrating was the passion and skillset for their profession, but their marketing efforts weren't executed effectively. Now, we swing it back to today! I love my field and I love what I do. There are sooooo many thought leaders, influencers, content strategist that tell us all the time...this is the correct formula to follow to reach "X", but in reality, just like technology, it's always changing.

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