The RM was my first experience of a squat program that hadn’t followed linear workout-to-workout or weekly progression. I had maxed at a 165kg squat around 5 weeks before starting the program (my 5RM suggested that a stronger squat should have been possible) but my squatting since then had been fairly inconsistent due to travelling for work and going on holiday in August. Keeping both of these details in mind, plus a couple of technique points that needed to be fixed, we decided to start conservatively with a max of , from which the calculator turned out a nice, convenient starting weight of 130kg. This is what it generated for the nine weeks:
If Liu and the other Chinese weightlifters are stripped of their Beijing gold medals, the question remains: Did they have any choice in any doping? Liu, who was originally selected as a judo athlete, has toiled in the state sports system since she was a little girl. (Four years ago, she was receiving less than $10,000 in annual salary for her record-breaking contributions to the state.) Eight years ago, I visited a shabby sports school in eastern Shandong province where young weightlifters spent the days in a clanging gym in lieu of primary school. After training, the kids, with their callused and chalk-stained hands, walked up to a table lined with paper cups. Each cup held a few pills, which they swallowed, one after the other, with gulps of warm water.
History will be made in 2016 when Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosts the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, marking the first time that a South American country will welcome the world to an Olympic Games. The venues for Rio 2016 will feature newly built facilities along with some of the city’s most famous sports arenas, such as the Maracana. Rio, Brazil’s second largest city with nearly 12 million residents, has a history of hosting large sporting events, including the 2007 Pan Am Games and 2014 FIFA World Cup. While the 2016 Games will feature all of the traditional Olympic sports – such as athletics, gymnastics and aquatic events – golf (which last appeared at St. Louis 1904) will be welcomed back and rugby sevens will be introduced. More than 10,000 athletes from over 200 nations will compete at the Games.