I've been weightlifting for several years now, but this will be my first year as a masters weightlifter (35 yo; best lifts 95/122 @ 85kg). I've combed the masters weightlifting site and a few other websites, but still have a few questions about the key masters meets:1. I understand that there is no minimum qualifying total for the National Masters, but what is the difference between the American Masters and the National Masters?Michael, Welcome to the Masters forum. The American Masters serves as a qualifier for the National Masters, PanAm Masters, and World Masters2. There's obviously a qualifying total for the Pan Am games, but is there a limit to team size like there is for the World Games?Looking at last years entry, I did not see any reference to a limit in team size. Someone who went to the PanAms could answer this better than me.3. What's everything else I should know about masters weightlifting, but haven't figured out yet? :-) (thought I'd get a head start on that one!)When you get it figured out, please let the rest of us know. Probably the hardest thing to figure out is your recovery time. But being 35, recovery should not be too much of an issue for you. Another is what percentages of your best should you use in training. There are some lifters who use a two or three week loading and a one week loading. Others go day to day as to how they feel. Also, don't get injured, it's too painful and takes longer to heal.Check http://www.mastersweightlifting.org/publications.htm for info about the various newsletters that are available.There are many Masters who are members of this forum who will be able to give you their suggestions.
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