How Often Should You Compete in Weightlifting?
In the last few years there have been many changes in weightlifting. There are new rules, new competitions, and even new coaches. Many of these changes have caused some confusion among lifters and coaches alike. However, most of them seem to make sense. For example, the new rule about wearing shorts instead of skirts at all times during competition seems reasonable enough.
However, there are other changes that don’t quite make sense to me. One such change is the decision to allow women into weightlifting competitions.
I’m not talking about female competitors in the general sense; I mean those who compete in olympic weightlifting events like snatch and clean & jerk.
I’ve never understood why they would want to include women in Olympic weightlifting competitions.
Why not just let men compete in these events? After all, if you’re going to allow women into olympic weightlifting competitions then shouldn’t you also allow them into the male events? (And vice versa?
The answer is simple: because the world doesn’t work that way! Women aren’t allowed to compete with men in any sports where there’s a physical advantage for either gender.
We all know that’s not fair.
But what about the other way around? Is it “unfair” for men to compete against women?
If you look at it logically, the only unfairness would occur if women were competing against men who were much weaker and less skilled; this would result in a poor showing by the female competitors.
But this isn’t the case! There are some excellent female weightlifters (and female lifters in general).
If you’re a woman reading this, there’s no doubt in my mind that you could easily squat more than me. (In fact, you probably can’t believe that I can even squat 400 pounds!)
So if women aren’t weak and unskilled compared to men, why shouldn’t they be allowed to compete in weightlifting competitions with them?
I’ll tell you why: because it’s not fair! (Or technically, it’s not “fair” to the men they’re competing against!)
A number of people seem to think that women should compete in the same events as men, but not at the same time. They would hold a women’s weightlifting competition at a different time than the men’s.
There are several problems with this idea. First of all, it wouldn’t be as exciting for the spectators; they’d only get to see one weightlifting competition instead of two.
Second of all, it would be very difficult to organize two competitions at separate times.
The men and women could lift in the same building at the same time, but that would be extremely crowded and inconvenient for all involved. A better idea might be to have the events on different days.
This would work okay, but it would also cause another problem: teams.
Right now, a team can have as many male lifters and lifters as they want. However, if the women’s weightlifting competition is held on a different day, then the teams wouldn’t be able to send their women lifters to compete on that day.
This would decrease the chances of a country winning any medals in women’s weightlifting (and decrease the amount of medals overall), which might not be in the best interest of the IOC.
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