Wednesday, February 28, 2007

How the Communists Activate The Transverse Abdominis

Pretty hard core, eh? Get it--hard CORE--okay, it's late. Wait, I don't see the little inflatable cuff under the lumbar spine to evaluate spinal movement.

No, really, check out Dan Hwang's Flickr photostream to peer into some of the Chinese weightlifting training halls. It is simply fascinating to see inside another culture and a sport that gets no press in this country. I think you'll be amazed at how much flexiblity the weightlifters have and work toward, almost gymanstic-like. Dan also has some great historical photos and comments about photos to highlight Chinese training philosophy. The 2008 Olympics in Beijing will be the penultimate test for Chinese athletics. They are intent on winning in every sport, and weightlifting is no exception. You'll see some of the monster heavyweight lifters they are growing in Dan's Flickr collection. Right now they dominate the lighter classes, but watch out.

Hopefully I will get to meet a couple of them this weekend. Several lifters and coaches will be in Columbus for the Arnold for exhibition. I'll try to take some pics if I can get near them if and when they train.

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