The Makings of A (Garage-Olympic) Weightlifter
August 11, 2021
Still can’t hit the gym because of the pandemic? Transform your garage into a training ground! The recently concluded Tokyo Olympics has been making headlines for the past weeks. Not only did it successfully pushed through despite major setbacks brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has also bannered significant milestones and firsts in the Weightlifting sport, of individuals and home country they represent: Hidilyn Diaz winning the first-ever Olympic gold medal for the Philippines, and New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard competing in the 125-year history of the Olympics as the first openly transgender woman athlete to contend in a different gender category to that assigned at birth. These breakthroughs have piqued curiosity among casual watchers of the biggest sporting event in the world. The once male-dominated event has broken gender stereotypes clouding the strength-based sport. And perhaps while sitting comfortably on your couch in the living room, it has occurred to you that why not give weightlifting a try. Staying at home for almost two years now has brought mental and physical strain on most of us. It is high time to get started, to get moving, and to try things you have never done before. But of course, only learn from the experts and get a health clearance from a doctor. Afterall, this is a sport that requires great physical strength and you need to safeguard your body if you are up to it.