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Old 10-27-2011, 09:31 PM   #1
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How can one be a full time weightlifter?

I was reading an article about John Broz and his training earlier and one thing that seams to come up when his methods are talked about is the fact that his athletes are "probably full time weightlifters" and that's why they can train as much as they do. I'm just currious to know, how is it possible to be a full time weightlifter? And I don't mean the "lots of dedication, hard work, genetics" type answers. I dont mean how did they get there, but how is this financially possible? Who pays for them to be a full time athletes? Is it sponsorships? Does the government have programs that pay for Olympic hopefuls? I guess I would understand if someone had been to the Olympics and done very well already. I could see companies paying them enough to live off of, but who pays for an unproven hopeful to do nothing but train all day?
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:59 PM   #2
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Re: How can one be a full time weightlifter?

Rich parents?
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:02 PM   #3
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Re: How can one be a full time weightlifter?

State-run programs in most countries, for example see this writeup on China (WFS); private sponsorship and part time coaching in the US.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:07 PM   #4
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Re: How can one be a full time weightlifter?

Why not ask Jon Broz what he means? If he's talking about his own lifters at his gym, I'm going to guess by full-time he means they train exclusively for Weightlifting and not CF or any other sport that takes away from Oly lifting.
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:37 AM   #5
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Re: How can one be a full time weightlifter?

Well it wasn't him that was saying it, but I guess I could still ask him.

And I was more wondering about US lifting. I can totally see how it would be possible in China (or a lot of other countries) where the government would have no problem funding a national sports program.

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Old 10-28-2011, 05:04 AM   #6
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Re: How can one be a full time weightlifter?

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Well it wasn't him that was saying it, but I guess I could still ask him.

And I was more wondering about US lifting. I can totally see how it would be possible in China (or a lot of other countries) where the government would have no problem funding a national sports program.
Well, that would explain our lack of recent WLing success compared to countries like China, Russia, and Bulgaria. Look at the number of clubs, coaches, and lifters China has--they're drawing from a pretty big pool. USAW is a bit weaker, to say the least.

That, and the fact that our best athletes don't grow up wanting to be like Kendrick Farris, they grow up wanting to be Calvin Johnson or Ray Lewis or LeBron James. And that is partially because the big money in the US is in the NFL/NBA/MLB, not in WLing.
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:34 AM   #7
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Re: How can one be a full time weightlifter?

So are there even full ime lifters in America? Lifters who get paid just to train all day and compete?
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:44 AM   #8
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So are there even full ime lifters in America? Lifters who get paid just to train all day and compete?
I know Kendrick lifts full time, but most of his money comes in from selling products from his 'Bless the Gym' brand. The guys at Cal Strength lift full time and do coaching at their gym. I don't know what the incentives are at the OTC, but they get some of the top lifters like Jared Fleming, Donovan Ford and Donny Shankle's been training there recently.

USAW puts very little money into their best lifters, I think Pat Mendes gets $500 per month from USAW. As a result there is little incentive for teenagers to be a full time lifter.
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:13 AM   #9
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Re: How can one be a full time weightlifter?

Sponsorships.

There are full time lifters all over the country, and of those, the ones that I know are privately sponsored. (read: not sponsored by USAW)

There are also some that are still in college/school, which gives them more flexibility with their schedules.
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