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The Hub PT Olympic Weightlifting club in High River, Alberta is hosting Masters Weightlifting Seminar on Saturday, February 29th.

Ages 30+

$35 for CMWFHC members
$50 for
non-CMWFHC members.

Led by our coaches, Lisa Szabon-Smith and Jennifer Hamilton
(both NCCP Level 1 Certified).

Lisa has been coaching a team of primarily masters weightlifting athletes for the last 4 years and has also worked closely with “older” clients in private and small group training sessions.

Jennifer has been supporting our team’s masters athletes through assisting Lisa with coaching and programming.
Lisa and Jennifer have both competed many times in local competitions, including the annual Gordon Kay Masters competition held by the Alberta Weightlifting Association (AWA), as we are both masters weightlifting athletes as well.

Lisa has a large breadth of national level competitive experience in Bobsleigh, and Jennifer recently competed at the USAW’s Masters World Cup (this was our team’s first experience with an international weightlifting competition).


The Hub PT is located in High River, Alberta, approximately 30 minutes south of Calgary where there is a growing weightlifting community, especially in the master’s age categories.

We are an easily manageable drive to get to, as many people commute daily between High River and Calgary for work. As well, athletes are willing to travel from Calgary to train at our facility with our coaches.

We are also 1.5 hours from Lethbridge and 2.5 hours from Medicine Hat. An overnight stay at one of our 3 major hotels might be recommended after a long day learning all about Masters weightlifting.


The content and structure of the seminar would be as follows:
10:00 - 10:05 Introductions and Emergency Information
10:05 - 10:25 Warm-Up - Full body and dynamic
10:30 - 11:30 Snatch technique and considerations for mobility limitations broken down technical pieces encompassing all phases of the lift, putting it all together for full-lift, reviewing elements necessary for a “good lift” in competition, as well as elements that will result in a “no lift”
11:30 - 11:45 Break, Snack, & Presentation - programming considerations for masters: volume, intensity, frequency, competition preparation, recovery, etc.
11:45 - 12:30 Clean technique and considerations for mobility limitations broken down technical pieces encompassing all phases of the lift reviewing elements necessary to continue on to the jerk in competition, as well as elements that will result in a “no lift” during the clean portion
12:30 - 12:45 Break & Presentation
nutrition for masters (presented by Lisa - PN-L1 in training)
12:30 - 1:00 Jerk technique and consideration for mobility limitations broken down technical pieces from getting set after the clean to recovery putting together the clean & jerk as a full-lift
reviewing elements necessary for a “good lift” in competition, as well as elements that will result in a “no lift”
1:00 - 1:45 Lunch to rest and prepare for a mock competition
During this time, our team member Jose who is a Level 4 Technical Official in-training will join us to review important information for competition rules significant to the athletes
1:45 - 3:45 Mock Competition including weigh-ins, declared opening weights, warm-up, introductions, timing between attempts, a technical official as one referee, and judged lifts
we would not follow exact timing of competition with 2-hours between weigh-ins and introductions, but would follow timing as close as possible between attempts some teachable moments about rules may be taken during the mock competition in
order that all the athletes can learn the rules that are pertinent to them
3:45 - 4:00 Review, Questions & Closing


Special Instructions

Wear appropriate gym attire, tight fitting clothes or clothes that can be tucked in are recommended.

Flat shoes or weightlifting shoes are best.  Running shoes will not be your friend.

Bring lunch, snacks and a water bottle.