We arrived Sunday night around 7:30 pm in Guatemala City. I traveled with Kyle Pierce, the Men’s Coach, Rachel Churchward, one of our 48 kilos lifters from Washington, and one of training partners/coach Mike Ng. A representative from the host organizing committee was there to meet us. He escorted us to our luggage and out to an awaiting car. I never went through less security entering a country in my life. I am hoping it was because of the competition but it still bothered me none the less.
At the hotel I met up with Amanda Hubbard-Sandoval, our 58 kilo lifter living in Michigan and Kelly Rexroad-Williams, our other 48 kilo lifter living in Georgia. Both were in good spirits and excited to be here.
Monday May 24th
Training at the Venue
The Training Hall is adjacent to the Competition Venue and will also serve as the warm up room for the competition. Only Rachel and Amanda trained this morning. Kelly trained yesterday and prefers to have two complete days of rest prior to competing. Rachel worked up to a couple of singles in the snatch with 40 kilos. They all looked good, Rachel has good positions and is coached by one of best national coaches, in John Trush, and it shows. She clean and jerked up to 50 kilos for some more singles and called it a day. Amanda looked very sharp and snappy in both her snatches and clean + jerks. She worked up 70 kilos in the Snatch and 80 kilos in the clean + jerk. Hitting several sets of singles in both lifts. She finished off with some Front Squats at 90 kilos for doubles. Amanda appears to have this confident glow about her and she herself said she has had very good training coming into this meet and is ready to lift some big weights.
Observations of two Mexican Female Weightlifters Training
Mexican Weightlifting has taken on a new philosophy when it comes to weightlifting. There philosophy is that this sport matters, especially with their woman. Hiring two Chinese Coaches one to coach the men and the other to coach the women. The Chinese influence of multiple exercises and an exuberant amount of work (sets x reps) with their athletes even days leading up to the competition is amazing. The level of conditioning and weightlifting fitness that these woman posses is truly inspiring. I had the fortune of watching Luz Agosta (63 kilo class) and Cynthia Dominquez (69/75) train. Both woman were working up to fairly heavy snatch high pulls (chinese pulls), presses, and assistant exercises. This was their first of possible two workouts today. The difference between the muscular builds on these girls compared to our girls is very obvious. They train twice a day on Mon, Wed, & Fri and once a day on Tues, Thurs, & Sat. Sometimes they will come in on Sundays and do some very light technical work but not always. These girls train like professionals and it shows. I will keep you updated on our girls training and competitions as well as other countries training and competition. Bye for now.