My Experience with the Chinese Weightlifting “System”
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The Chinese weightlifters have recently garnered a huge amount of international interest, especially amongst the Western community. My project is to help document as much of the “system” as possible to help other lifters improve. I do not believe China’s system is truly superior to other nations. I believe the variable that separates China from other nations is bloody hard work. In a nation where rice farmers and fishermen have a chance to better the lives of themselves and their families through weightlifting, much more effort is placed for potential betterment of their lives.
I also hope that everyone that reads this article respect the works of the Chinese, just as they respect the efforts of other nation’s athletes and not quickly and irresponsibly narrow their efforts down to drugs and a 1.7 billion population. The Chinese have plenty of respect for other lifters and the willingness to learn and accept that hard work is the way to weightlifting success.
Too often, I realize people and coaches on forums go down to drugs and genetics to undermine the needs of effort. If athlete A does 3 sets of 5 at 90%, and athlete B does 4 sets of 5 at 90%, chances are eventually athlete B is going to be better. Just as Al Pacino said in Any Given Sunday, “Inch by inch, play by play, until we’re finished”
Every single coach in China has their own methods and beliefs. There is NO secret. Hard and harder work’s the only secret. You’ll realize that Chinese coaches like to use analogies like, training is like eating, you need to eat a few necessary foods daily like rice, meat and vegetables, but sometimes you get bored, so change to McDonalds sometimes to kill your cells a bit. Ok, I made the last bit up.