Lu Xiaojun teaching Tibetan Strongmen the sport of Weightlifting
Walking along the walk of fame at the National Sports Department are Tibetan strongman athletes. Casual conversations accompanied the walk. Their first stop was the hall of fame at the National Sports Department. These athletes are champions of the National Minorities Sports Tournament back in September. They compete in the traditional Tibetan sport of rock carrying. Although they have never undergone periodized strength training, they are still very big and strong. They are able to casually pick up 100 plus jin stones. After watching their performance, the Chinese weightlifting team invited them to visit the National Training Center in Beijing. After touring the Hall of Fame and entering the weightlifting training hall, they could not refrain from having a go. The National team had just returned from international competition and are in an adjustment period. While the 80kg push press from Deng Wei and the women’s head coach Zhang Guozheng seemed simple enough, the feeling of force application in this movement is not easy to find. A lot of the technical nuances of the sport require training from an early age to master. But strength is a foundation. Standing straight up 200kg from a rack does not require much technique but the is very hard for the average person. The Tibetan athlete was not use to the movement at first, but he was able to complete 2 reps after finding his groove. These Tibetan athletes are not too familiar with the sport of weightlifting. But they all know who Lu Xiaojun is. The main question that they have is how such a beautiful physique is so powerful and strong. CCTV did a broadcast on the World Championships. We remember Lu as the 35 year old veteran in the 81kg class. Despite having a severe lower back injury, he was still able to push through the competition. Not only that, but he was able to get gold medal. His persistence under such circumstances and his mental toughness was very attractive to us. We remember him very well from the broadcast. We admire his mental fortitude and spirit. They bodies are very thick and compact. With such genetic potential, they should have become weightlifters. They might be the key to the breakthrough of the Chinese heavyweight categories. After teaching them some basic movements, I think their strength levels and their feel for strength application are very good. They are all very strong. They just haven’t undergone professional training. We might be able to draw on the Tibetan population for athletes in the future and have them undergo professional development. We can then see if they are able to obtain glory for Chinese athletics and for the Olympics. While the meeting was short, both sides were of the same heart. We can look forward to the fact that whether it be the snowy high plains or the Olympic stage, both will display the physical strength of Chinese athletes.