Ross on weightlifting
March the 21st this year saw one of our athletes, Ross MacPherson, compete at the Scottish Weightlifting Open.
For Ross this was only his second competition and he did very well coming 5th and setting a new snatch and pb total in the process.
As with our last post, Ross doesn’t actually do CrossFit, but the coaches here use their expertise to programme and coach Ross through his tough and technical lifting regime.
It was just under a year ago now that Ross came knocking on our door. He was self taught previously and had done a very good job himself it must be said, but everybody in this sport needs a coaches eye and he welcomed the correction of bad habits.
We recently asked Ross a few questions about his sport:
“Around two years ago.”
What training were you carrying out beforehand?
“My training beforehand was pretty basic. Just general keeping in shape, compound lifts, bodybuilding, sprinting and a lot of deadlifting – which is partly why I have chosen this sport.”
What got you into weightlifting in the first place?
“I watched a video called “My girlfriends stronger than you” by California Strength. The title of the video was incredibly true and I was so impressed. I wanted to be able to hit those numbers like that above my head.”
How often do you train a week?
“I train about 8 times per week. Five Olympic lifting, three bench and t-shirt muscles (mornings and nights). I get a lot of stick for over-training.”
“Anything from the blocks. But also the psych of missing a lift you should be repping can be very stressful – it can really ruin my day!”
What do you find most rewarding about the sport?
When did you first begin competing?
“First started competing last year. It was a New Year’s resolution, so I had something to show for my hard work.”
How did you get on in the first comp?
“I came second place by bodyweight. The winner and I had the same weight lifted but as he was 400g lighter than me he took the gold by default. Something that still haunts me!”
Recently you competed in the Scottish Open in Glasgow, how was the training in the lead up to it?
“The training in the lead up to the Open was brilliant; pin-point coaching and fine tuned. Unfortunately I was injured so only had 4 weeks after healing to train properly so was brutal.”
“The atmosphere was incredible. So many lifters from beginners, to people competing for Britain; it was humbling getting to warm-up with them through the back.”
What have you taken away from the competition?
“A lot of experience. I got to see how the pros warm-up and time their lifts so I will be using that experience next time.”
What result did you post on the day?
“I got a 170kg total (5kg under Scottish qualification) which was a 76kg snatch and a 94kg clean and jerk – at 67.92 bodyweight.”
What is your future aim in the short term and long term?
“Short term, I would like to be able to rep near my max lifts and long term I would like to have Scottish qualification with ease. I want to compete at a high level and hit my target lifts while remaining the same bodyweight.”
What would you say to anyone thinking about getting involved in the sport?
“Do it a lot and do it properly. Don’t be afraid of bailing the bar and enjoy not having blisters on your hand while you can!”