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Weightlifting Performance Standards


Expected level of strength in a healthy individual who has not trained on the exercise before but can perform it correctly. This represents the minimum level of strength required to maintain a reasonable quality of life in a sedentary individual.


A person training regularly for a period of 3-9 months. This strength level supports the demands of vigorous recreational activities.


A person who has engaged in regular training for up to two years. The intermediate level indicates some degree of specialization in the exercises and a high level of performance at the recreational level.


An individual with multi-year training experience with definite goals in the higher levels of competitive athletics.


Refers specifically to athletes competing in strength sports. Less than 1% of the weight training population will attain this level.