Weightlifting and amazing sport…just how amazing?

We hear all the time that weightlifting is the most amazing, fast and powerful sport..

Exactly how fast is it and how powerful is it?

Very fast and powerful indeed..

Elite lifters’ velocity could reach :

Snatch

80 % 160-170 Meters per second

100% 130-140 Meters per second

Jerk

100% 250-270 Meters per second …Wow!!!!!

As far as power we use watts and in the following chart you can compare the Olympic lifts with classic lift such as Deadlift, bench press,etc..

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How to pick the best Risto Sports weightlifting shoe for you!

So, congratulations, you have decided to buy a pair of Risto Weightlifting shoes, much like the many great lifters before you. And, now, you have a dilemma- what model should you get?

This is a short description of how to pick the best Risto Sports weightlifting shoe. Let’s cover what’s the same about each shoe, what is different, and how you might downselect.

  1. What’s the same about all the Risto weightlifting shoe models

Every shoe model is made of the highest quality materials of any weightlifting shoe in the entire market.  Leather upper, solid wood heel, and some models have carbon fiber eyelets (that’s way more high tech than a plastic-vinyl shoe).

Every shoe is made by the highest industry shoemaking process- ie Italian shoemaking practices.

We are dedicated to making the shoes in the America’s and doing our best to ensure they are made by fair trade standards. Simply put, this is a guilt-free buy that actually improves the world’s economy.

Actual weightlifters of ALL levels wear them and give design input. This is lifters from the Olympic medalist/ world champion level to the beginner level.

An actual rocket scientist analyzes material selection for best force transfer from the shoe to the platform- so you can lift more weight effectively!

By far the best deal on the market– Most of the models are actually less expensive than the latest top end models offered by that brand with the 3 stripes and that brand with the swoop. And, our shoes are more expensive to make (hand carved wood heels take a lot more skill to make than injection molded plastic heels) .

Every pair has charachter as they are hand made.

2. What’s different between the models:

The table below highlights the standard features of each of the models. This information is as of November 2016.

In a nutshell:

  • We have low top shoes and high top boots.
  • We have 3 standard heel heights, all of which are optimized for the lifts they are intended for.
  • We have one model that uses suede only for comfort reasons.
  • We have models with more ornate leather work and colors.
  • Some shoes are fully stocked for all the holidays (Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanza, Festivus), some are made to order

Here is the table in all its glory:

Model Features What its used for Is it in stock Price Range
Tiburon Models

Includes Tiburon I and II and all color selections

All leather upper, solid wood heel. Rubber outsole. Rawhide layer extending from heel to toebox between insole and outsole.

Heel height* is around 1.2”, just under 1inch effective heel. *proportional to shoe size. Leather strap secures with velcro

 

Best for Olympic lifters and people doing a lot of snatches and clean and jerks like crossfitters and strength athletes.

Also, great for powerlifters who high bar squat and great for bench press.

Yes, this model is stocked for the 2016 holiday season. Sizes shown on the drop down menu are the sizes available for immediate shipment. $140-160, much cheaper than competitors’ weightlifting shoes
Olimpico models

Includes all colors selections

All leather upper, solid wood heel. Extra leather protective barrier lining front of toebox Rubber outsole. Rawhide layer extending from heel to end of midsole between insole and outsole.

Heel height* is around 1.3”, just above 1inch effective heel. *proportional to shoe size. Leather strap secures with velcro

Best for Olympic lifters and people doing a lot of snatches and clean and jerks like crossfitters and strength athletes.

Also, great for powerlifters who high bar squat and great for bench press.

Gives a little more heel than the tiburon for those who want even more quadracep engagement.

Yes, this model is stocked for the 2016 holiday season. Sizes shown on the drop down menu are the sizes available for immediate shipment. $150-170, much cheaper than competitors’ weightlifting shoes
0.5 inch shoes 0.5 inch heel, roughly .25 inch effective heel. All Leather upper, solid wood heel. Perfect for followers of starting strength. Powerlifters who do low bar squat. Typically, made to order. Some sizes are in stock $149- 180, much cheaper than competitors’ weightlifting shoes
0.5 inch Russian boots 0.5 inch heel, roughly .25 inch effective heel. All Leather upper, solid wood heel. High top. Perfect for followers of starting strength. Powerlifters who do low bar squat. Typically, made to order. Some sizes are in stock $149-180, much cheaper than competitors’ weightlifting shoes
Suede shoes All leather upper, solid wood heel. Rubber outsole. Rawhide layer extending from heel to toebox between insole and outsole.

Heel height* is around 1.2”, just under 1inch effective heel. *proportional to shoe size. Leather strap secures with velcro

 

Extremely comfortable and easy to break-in.

Best for Olympic lifters and people doing a lot of snatches and clean and jerks like crossfitters and strength athletes.

Also, great for powerlifters who high bar squat and great for bench press.

Yes, this model is stocked for the 2016 holiday season. Sizes shown on the drop down menu are the sizes available for immediate shipment $140-170, much cheaper than competitors’ weightlifting shoes
Russian Boots All leather upper, solid wood heel. Rubber outsole. Rawhide layer extending from heel to toebox between insole and outsole. Heel height* is around 1.2”, just under 1inch effective heel. *proportional to shoe size.

Metal buckle strap (no Velcro)

Best for Olympic lifters and people doing a lot of snatches and clean and jerks like crossfitters and strength athletes.

Also, great for powerlifters who high bar squat and great for bench press.

Made to order. Popular sizes in stock. $200-250

Similar price to competitor’s weightlifting shoes

PowerBodybuilding shoes by Mike O’Hearn Designed by lengendary bodybuilder, Mike O’Hearn himself.

Only shoe with two straps.

Highest grade leather, extra padding in ankle. High top.

All leather upper, solid wood heel. Rubber outsole. Rawhide layer extending from heel to toebox between insole and outsole. Heel height* is around 1.2”, just under 1inch effective heel. *proportional to shoe size.

Metal buckle strap (no Velcro)

Perfect for bodybuilders. Especially designed for followers of powerbodybuilding – or people who want both size and incredible strength. Made to order. $280-380, high end shoes, similar pricing to designer shoes
Tom Platz boots Designed by Tom Platz, the Golden Eagle, himself. Highest grade leather. Exquisite detail. High top.

All leather upper, solid wood heel. Rubber outsole. Rawhide layer extending from heel to toebox between insole and outsole. Heel height* is around 1.2”, just under 1inch effective heel. *proportional to shoe size.

Metal buckle strap (no Velcro)

Best for squats, bodybuilders, and followers of Tom Platz. Made for building incredible legs. Made to order. Limited sizes in stock $290-$400, high end shoes, similar pricing to designer shoes
Custom shoes in rio, olimpico or Tiburon models Same features as the Russian boots. Color of boot and heel height fully customizable. Extra width may have additional charge. Same as above. Great for creating your own unique style. Made to order. $250-290, much cheaper than other leather customized shoes
Custom Russian Boots Same features as the Russian boots. Color of boot and heel height fully customizable. Extra width may have additional charge. Same as above. Great for creating your own unique style. Made to order. $270-300, much cheaper than other leather customized shoes

3. How to downselect to the best model for you:

  • First, determine what you will use the shoes for
  • Then find a shoe model with a similar description in “what it’s used for”
  • Then look at which heel heights you prefer
  • Then decide which models offer the colors you like most
  • Tiebreaker- if you want shoes sooner than later, pick a stocked model or partially stocked model. If time is no concern to you (ie you want to wear out your current shoes to the last threas), then get something made to order.

See, fun and easy!

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at gwens[at] ristosports[dot]com.

The daily training of our lifters…

Today we have New England record holder AmyLynne Frankel.

Stats;

Snatch 56 Kg

C&J       73 Kg

Back Squat 95 Kg

Age 35

Weight class 48 Kg

Day 4 1.-Snatch 28×3 31×3 34×3 36(2×3) 15 reps
2.-C & J 37×3 40×3 44×3 47(2×3) 15 reps
3.-Back Squat 48×3 52×3 57×3 62(2×3) 15 reps
Snatch with bar 5×3
C&J with bar 5×3

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The daily training of our lifters…

Today we have Emily AKA Peanut

Stats:

Snatch: 67 Kg

C&J: 87 Kg

Back squat 135 Kg

Age; 16

Weight class: 63

Peanut will compete this Saturday so she’s in the week of competition modeling

Day 4 1.-Snatch 40×3 44×3 47×3 49(2×3) 15 reps
2.-C & J 52×3 57×3 61×3 64(2×3) 15 reps
3.-Back Squat 81×3 88×3 95×3 99(2×3) 15 reps
Snatch with bar 5×3
C&J with bar 5×3

The daily training of our Weightlifters

Today we have Gwendolyn Sisto

Stats;

Best snatch 92 Kg

Best C&J : 110 Kg

Back squat : 145 Kg

Front Squat : 115 Kg

Age: 33

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Gwendolyn Sisto snatching 92kg at the 2014 Olympia Cup

DAY 2 1.-P. S B Knee 55(2×3) 60(2×3) 65(2×3) 68×3 70×3 24 reps
2.- J B Neck 65(2×3) 70(2×3) 75(2×3) 80×3 85×3 24 reps
3.- B Squat 90×5 95×5 100×3 105×3 110(2×3) 115(2×3) 120×3 31 reps
4.- S Pull 70(2×3) 75(2×3) 12 reps

The training of our lifters

Today we have day 2 of our lifter Chris Kenney.

Chris will compete this weekend so he is in what we call Competition Modeling week.

Stats

Snatch 135 Kg

C&J        173 Kg

Back Squat 228 Kg

Weight class 85-94

Age 25

Day 2 1.-Snatch 88×3 95×3 101×3 108(2×3) 15 reps
2.-C & J 112×3 121×3 130×3 138(2×3) 15 reps
3.-Back Squat 148×3 160×3 171×3 182(2×3) 15 reps
Snatch with bar 5×3
C&J with bar 5×3

Lider 1 155

 

 

The training of our lifters….

Today we’ll post the training of Gwendolyn Rojas.

Age; 12

Best snatch: 55 Kg

Best C & J: 67 Kg

Best Back Squat: 82 Kg

Titles; 2014 and 2015 USA Youth National Champion

Day 6 1.- Snatch 35×3 40×3 44(2×3) 47×2 50(2×1) 22 reps
2.- C & J 45×3 50×3 54(2×3) 56×3 60(2×1) 22 reps
3.- F Squat 45(2×3) 50(2×3) 55(2×3) 60×3 65×2 23 reps
OBS 388 reps. 106 snatch. 106 C&J. 128 squats. 48 pulls

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The daily training of our competitors….

Our lifters have competed at every possible level in weightlifting. From local meets to continental,world and Olympic level.

I’ll start posting their daily workout at radom. One day one lifter’s program of the day and the following day some other lifter’s.

Today I’ll start with Rocio Navarro (team Panama)who will compete in 2 weeks at the Pan Ams in Cartagena. She’s seeking qualification for Rio 2016. In April 2016 she competed in Rio at the Olympic test event.

Stats:

Snatch 94 Kg

C&J     116 kg

Back Squat 170 kg

Front squat 136 kg

Weight class 69 kg

Age 25

Saturday 05/21

Morning session (session 8 of the week)

1.-  F Squat 95×3 100×3 105×3 110×3 115(2×3) 18 reps
2.- S Pull 80(2×3) 85(2×3) 12 reps

Afternoon session (session 9 of the week)

1.-P. S B Knee 55×3 60×3 65×3 70(2×3) 75×3 80×3 21 reps
2.- J B Neck 75×3 80×3 85×3 90(2×3) 95×3 100×3 21 reps

After each session ab work, some body building and after every session Ice therapy.

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Daniel Nunez super human and Olympic champion

Weightlifting has become popular once again. This new popularity comes with a huge number of new “experts” of all kinds– well, mostly Internet experts and also the overnight ones who think they know about the rich history of our sport by repeating over and over almost like a Mantra exotic names (Ilyin, Klokov, Krakav, Krikiv,etc).

While working as a consultant for an International Weightlifting Federation at a Pan American championships, serendipitously, I happened to sit next to one of these “experts”.  I overheard all the wealth of  knowledge(sic) that was being transmitted by one of these above mentioned experts..

Sitting close to us was the 1980 Olympic champion Daniel Nunez. When I pointed this out to the expert, he said, ” Daniel who???” Hispanic last name?? not Russian or Eastern European??? well he didn’t know who Daniel Nunez was.

Daniel Nunez is by far one of the most impressive Olympic and world champions ever.

I first met him in 1983 at the Pan Am games in Venezuela, and later at the Manuel Suarez in memorian cup. Years later in 1989 I was lucky to train under him and that’s when I saw how a good coach should be.

What makes Daniel Nunez impressive is not only his Gold medal in 1980 in Moscow (the hardest games for weightlifting) or the fact of being the first latin American to win an Olympic gold medal in Weightlifting but the number of world records he’s broken…20 in total!!!!!

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Yes, Vassily Alexeev broke more than that and also did Naim Suleymanoglu; not so fast there…let’s check Daniel’s most impressive  World records:

Junior World Records

On September 1977 he broke a Snatch world record 112.5 Kg in Germany, less than 60 days later in Mexico he broke a snatch 113kg and a C&J138 world record…not enough? still in 1978 and only 2 days after those 2 world records in Mexico he broke again 2 world records in Cuba snatch 115kg and Total 252.5kg.

1978 again more world records:

March 11, 1978 snatch 115.5kg, May 12 Olympic total 255Kg.

At the worlds in the USA in 1978 he broke 3 world records snatch 117.5Kg, Olympic Total 257.5kg, Olympic total again 260Kg. All these records were set on October, 10 1978. KNow what happened 11 days later?? that’s righta new world record in C&J 143.5.

Senior World Records

As a Seior lifter he also broke several records within the same year..the most impressive ones:

November 12, 1982 Snatch 136.5Kg in Sweeden and 9 days later in Denmark a new world record 137.5 Kg also in Snatch…

DYNAMIC OF DN

Being in the sport most of my life I know what it takes to win a competition, let alone break a world record and doing it again days later…it’s plainly not human.

These days I have the privilege to work with him in the preparation of Panama’s elite’s athles for International meets.

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Weightlifting for dummies..the Clean and Jerk Structure…..

As well as in the Snatch the Clean and jerk is also divided in Actions, periods and phases.

Clean

Clean St Blog

Jerk

JJerk Struct blog

C & J Sequence

The same as in the snatch the importance we put the the bar path (specially in the jerk due to its complexity) is key;

Jerk bar path

 

A very common errr among beginning weightliftres is that they lift their hips firat and try to clean the bar with their arms. The brain will always tend to use the weaker muscles first. Proper tarining of the clean technique will lead to use the different muscla groups in the correct order to have a very effective clean..

Muscle work in clean

 

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