CHALKED UP: Challenges of being a Competitive Weightlifter


Gracie Rice

Gracie Rice discusses diet and women in weight lifting in this week’s blog.

Welcome back to Chalked Up. This week’s blog is about the challenges of being a competitive weightlifter.

One of the biggest challenge is nerves. In practice, we lift on platforms that are side by side, but in competition we lift on a platform individually. I think hitting your first snatch helps the nerves tremendously.

Everyone handles their nerves in different ways. I usually stand up rather than sit, stay off my phone, and try to only think about my lifts, while some of my teammates  handle it differently.

Even being a new lifter comes with challenges. When I first started and even now there are moments where you don’t  feel ready for a meet or you’re worried about not being good compared to your competition.

Mary Steward, a new lifter, says, “I haven’t experienced super intense nerves yet but when Iget nervous I try to remember that it’s not the end of the world if I miss a lift or if a lift looks ugly…. I mean, even the best weightlifters have bad days. I also try to remember that everyone starts somewhere and that I’m not going to be able to lift crazy weights right away.”

I feel the next biggest challenge is the competition itself. Competing against girls who look bigger or stronger than you and even your friends can be challenging at times.

I handle this by only worrying about hitting lifts I know I can hit rather than trying to be the best all the time.

Makayla, also known as, Red said, “Being a competitive weightlifter is challenging. Having to compete against other girls your age and weight is always a close competition, especially watching them in the warm up room right before you go on for a lift. Cutting weight is definitely one of the bigger challenges, which only happens once in a while, when trying to qualify for bigger meets.”

I haven’t cut weight yet and don’t plan on cutting weight anytime soon, but I can see how that could be another challenge as a competitive weightlifter.

With a meet coming up next weekend, we’re all dealing with most of these challenges. Continue reading these weekly blogs to keep up with my weightlifting journey.