Monthly Archives: April 2012

Bulgarian lifters perform only high intensity training, not pulls at all…really?

The following study was presented by A. Medvedev in the 1997 magazine ” practice and theory of physical culture” (magazine # 7 of1997).The object of the study is FEMALE  lifters from China, Bulgaria and Russia.

Between 1987 and 1996 9 world championships took place , 729 medals were disputed (gold, silver,bronze). China won 230 medals, Bulgaria won 71 medals, third was Taiwan with 71 medals and Russia got only 3 medals, let’s keep in mind that Russia sent female lifters to a world championshiops in 1995 for the first time.

A. Medvedev decided to research the raeson of this big difference of sports performance between the above mentioned countries. He usedthe classification board of Starabutsev for masters of the sport, showing the number of repetition that each natioanl female team was performing during that time:

Volume of  loading of female lifter from China, Bulgaria and Russia. Mesocycles :preparatory and competitive.


Chinese lifters executed 12% more reps than Bulgarian lifters and 28% more than Russian lifters. In the number of repetitions with weights of 70% and up the Chinese lifters performed 37% more that Russian lifters, but only 3% more than the Bulgarians. These percentage of high volume type of training shows clearly that the high number of repetitions is the best way to GUARANTEE success on the world  stage . Now how can we increase the number of repetitions to adapt to this type of training? we can start but increasing the number of repetitions in weights under 70%. With this study A. Medvevev showed that to improve the performance of the Russian female lifters the had to increase the work of resistance strength as basis to develop other manifestations of muscular strength.

Next post: Variation of the loading between the preparatory and competitive mesocycles.

Ivan Rojas

Risto Sports LLC


NEW on website- US sizing

Dear Customers,
We have recently taken actions to improve your experience on our site by offering our new models in US Men’s sizing.  
Here are some FAQ’s on the new sizing:

Why did we go to US sizing?

Most people are familiar with US men’s sizing. Although, sizing systems vary form manufacturer to manufacturer, customer feedback shows that even our non-US customers were more comfortable converting their size to US versus the South American system that we had been using. 

Additionally, in our old sizing system, most people were required to measure their feet to find their size.  Yes, we had customers who complained that they didn’t own a ruler, had difficulty aligning their foot with the 0″ line on the ruler and recording the measurement, or were buying shoes for someone as a present and didn’t know their measurements.  In effect, we wanted to make the process a whole lot easier for customers.

Why is the sizing only in US Men’s and not US Women’s?

To avoid confusion, we wanted to stick with only one sizing methodology.  What we really liked about the South American system was its unisex application, which avoided confusion on whether the shoe size was in men’s or women’s.  So, now that we are going to US sizing, it made the most sense to use men’s sizing because it is more consistent from manufacturer to manufacturer than women’s sizing and it is more universally known.

But aren’t their differences between men’s and women’s shoes?

In a weightlifting shoe, the shoes use the same mold and are unisex, hence creating 2, gender specific sizing systems would add no value to the customer.   A similar example would be steel toe industrial shoes, often the male and female shoes are from the same shoe mold, only the styling differs.

Two models still show the old sizing on your website, why is that?

These models are discontinued, hence only the sizes showing are what is available in stock to buy.

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