Here is my theory on why weightlifting continues to grow and why you should check it out!
I believe there are 3 main reasons why people transition to weightlifting and stick with it.
1. It is a sport. There are few sports that people can compete in for a lifetime but weightlifting is one of those. It has categories for all ages, all sizes (weight categories) and different levels of competition. Youth-Masters + Local-International Competitions.
- Youth Age Groups 0-17
- Junior Age Groups 15-20
- Senior Age Groups 15+
- Masters Age Groups 35+
There are 10 bodyweight classes in both Male and Female categories ranging from under 45kg (99lbs) up to 109+ (over 240lbs).
Competitions range from local meets where you can compete as long as you know how to perform each lift (sanctioned by USAW so it counts towards qualifying for National competitions too) up to National competitions that are broken up in the above age categories and weight classes (Youth Nationals, Senior Nationals, Masters Nationals, etc..) up to International Competitions which are also broken up into the above categories and weight classes. So there is a wide range of competing for all ages, skills, and sizes.
2. Training for your sport also covers your basis for regular exercise. A well-rounded weightlifting program will cover what you need to stay strong, active and healthy. Programs incorporate strength training, conditioning, mobility and flexibility work.
Most other sports you will have to practice your sport plus do some form of strength and conditioning. In our sport, you get to do both at the same time.
3. Time management. Like I said above, you get to exercise plus practise your sport all at once but this also doesn’t take hours on hours. Many athletes get to a very high level of competing by training 3-4 times a week for 1-2hrs per session. So it is very manageable for people who have normal lives with jobs, school, and kids.
So to recap why everyone that enjoys training with a purpose should try out weightlifting. In weightlifting, you can practice your sport and get in shape by training 3-4 times a week for 1-2 hours per session and compete in a sport at whatever skill, age or bodyweight you are at any time.
If you are interested in tryout out weightlifting shoot me an email: Chris@BlueWaveFitness.com