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The Soviet System for Weightlifting….

The Soviet system for Weightlifting is based in the Hegelian dialectic principles:
Thesis Antithesis
And it was Philosophy students inspired by Marx and Engels ideas that started creating a training system for factory workers and farmers to get fit and ready to fight a revolution against the Tzar. The first equipment used was kettebells which is part of the national folklore and costume.
After the triumph of the revolution in 1917 and with the creation of the new Soviet Union this system was implemented very successfully in other sports.
The Main Specialists that founded the modern Russian Weightlifting System or Soviet Weightlifting System are:
Arkady Nikitich Vorobiev (1924- 2012) Alexey Medvedev Sidorovich (1927-2003)
Arkady Vorobiev. He won two Olympic golds (1956, 1960), was World champion four times (1954, 1955, 1957, 1958) ,and won silver in 1959 and bronze in 1961. Vorobiev was also three times European champion (1954, 1955, 1958), while taking silver in 1959 and bronze in 1961. He also set 21 middle-heavyweight world records – nine in snatch, three in clean and jerk, two in press, and seven in the total.
Vorobiev was not just a sportsman, but also a remarkable scientist. During his sports career, he graduated from the Medical Institute and defended a dissertation for the Candidate of Science degree afterwards, in 1962. In 1970, he defended a dissertation for the Doctor of Medical Science degree at the Institute of Aviation and Space Medicine in Moscow. Since 1977, Vorobiev was the Rector of the Moscow Oblast Institute of Physical Culture and Sports. In 1995, was elected to the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame.
His system was created by researching methods to prevent muscle loss on Cosmonauts. He promoted training with high intensity and low volume also research of recovery systems were conducted as well as medical methods.
Alexey Medvedev Sidorovich (1927-2003) was invited to many countries. He traveled to China many times, lecturing at Beijing University of physical culture, provided practical assistance to China’s weightlifting squad that received the title of Honorary Professor of Beijing University of physical education in 1957 and 1958, a. Medvedev wins the world title in the heavyweight category. The award he has received, for the first time in the history of the world of weightlifting. Alexander Medvedev, the first Soviet Weightlifters and third in the world reached a result 500 kg of Triathlon. 196, became the coach of the national team of the USSR on weightlifting. In 1964, for the preparation of 3 Olympic champions (A. Vahonina, R. Plufelderand , l. Jabotinsky) Alexander Medvedev worked as head of the weightlifting at the Russian State University of physical culture, sport and tourism. Under his leadership, the Department has done a lot to prepare for weightlifting specialists not only for Russia a from other countries: Cuba, China, Poland, Bulgaria, DPRK
Medvedev was a carpenter and he promoted High Volume and low intensity.
The famous Vasyli Alexeeved is the most outstanding example of the success of this system. From 1961 to 1967 his performance was poor and not Soviet team level. His training system was changed to high volume, training isolated muscles and lots of complexes with 40% to 70% of maximum result.
From 1967 to 1979 he came to dominate the Weightlifting world and become the lifter with the highest number of records broken in history.
One of the features of the Soviet regime was pragmatism..whatever worked was good so both Vorovieb and Medvediev were given carte blanche on training lifters provided they got results.
At Risto Sports we use the High volume system and we have been very successful. We have had lifters improving results greatly in matter of seconds.
Our lifter Chris Kenney(85 Kg class) started training with in November 2014 with a total of 205 kg by September his total was 275 kg. Ernie Premphe improved in a year 26 kg, 69 kg class(total was 219kg to 255kg). Jessica Weisman started with us in September 2014 and won the World masters Gold medal in Finland last month(her total was 135-140 and in Finland 166, since then she hs improved those numbers). Amylynn Frankel (48 kg class, 34 years old) went from 107 kg total to 128kg a couple of weeks ago.
We have many more examples and testimonials (please visit our facebook page for testimonial)that we can show and talk about.
We work with anybody willing to work with us either at the gym or remote training.

Coach Ivan head Coach of Team Panama for Toronto 2015

Coach Ivan is the Coach of team Panama for the 2015 Pan American games in Toronto. The lifters in the team are : Rocio Navarro Female 69Kg and Ariel Batista Male 69Kg. Both lifters have a lot of International experience.

Rocio has been training with us since February and Ariel arrived to Eliot, Maine last Saturday.

We expect great results from these lifters.rociothese amazing lifters.

2014 Top 10 Risto Sports Moments


1. LG Makes National under13 Team, Youngest ever to Compete at the American Open,  wins international competition, in Muscle and Fitness

Gwendolyn Rojas, AKA LG, of Risto Sports hit  the national scene and was on fire all 2014!  She won the 11&under and 13&under Golds for girls 44kg.  She subsequently was ranked #1 in the country for all 13 &under Girls.  She then won the 13&under JR international tournament at the US Olympic Training Center. Finally, she made history as the YOUNGEST LIFTER EVER to compete at the American Open! To top that all off, she was featured in Muscle and Fitness :


2. Coach Ivan Rojas is National Coach of Girls 13 and Under Team

Risto Sports’ very own Coach Ivan Rojas was named USA Weightlifting Coach of the national 13 and Under girls weightlifting team that competed at an international competition at the US Olympic Training Center.

Coach Ivan Rojas working with Commmonwealth Games Champion Maryam Usman

3. Risto Sports training system Maryam Usman wins Commonwealth Games in weightlifting

Maryam Usman of Nigeria is a world Weightlifting Championships medalist in women’s 75+kg . She spent several months training at Risto Sports at the end of 2013, learning our system.  Her training paid off as she won the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She edged out the former champion, Ele Opelege , for the gold.  The commonwealth games is only second to the Olympics in its relative importance to Commonwealth Countries.

Champion weightlifter Maryam Usman training at Risto Sports

4. Dmitry Klokov lifts in the Risto Tiburon Weightlifting Shoes at the Risto Olympia Cup

World Champion and Olympic medalist, the Russian Sensation, Dmitry Klokov made a guest appearance at the First Ever Weightlifting competition at the Mr Olympia: The Risto Olympia Cup.  He gave free demonstrations and signings everyday at the Olympia Cup, and he gave out the awards to the Champions. He also brought along Igor Zapirov; elite gymnast, guiness bok of world records holder, and Cirque Du Soleil acrobat. Igor gave his first ever lifting appearance at the Risto Olympia Cup.

Dmitry did the  entire weekend in his very own pair of Risto Tiburon weightlifting shoes, which are now for sale at

Dmitry Klokov in Risto Tiburon weightlifting shoes

5. Risto Sports weightlifting shoes rated number 1 by Breaking Muscle magazine

Risto Sports has many stellar reviews by independent bloggers and websites.  Breaking Muscle did something unique where it did a side by study over several weeks with several different brands of weightlifting shoes.  They ranked Risto Sports as the number 1 weightlifting shoe for weightlifting and CrossFit. A big compliment from the study’s subjects is “People did not really think about their shoes while lifting when they wore the Ristos. Probably the best compliment I have heard.”.  Read it here :

Risto Olimpico Pink weightlifting shoe

Risto Olimpico Pink weightlifting shoe, weight lifting shoe, crossfit shoe

6. Two time World Champion, Neysi Dejomes selects Risto Sports as training camp site

Neysi Dejomes is a Two Time IWF World Youth Weightlifting Champion. She has even medaled at the Junior world Championships. She is only 15years old, so she is too young to compete at the Senior World Championships.  This phenomenal lifter and her coach selected Risto Sports ‘ Training Center in Eliot, Maine to be there training site.   She is training December 2014 through February 2015 for her next slew of international competitions. Neysi is from
Ecuador; she lifts in the Risto Olimpico Pink weightlifting shoes.

Neysi Dejomes, world weightlifting champion, risto weightliftng shoes

Winning the world championships in her Risto weightlifting shoes

7. Gwen Breaks the 200kg mark, ranked number 1 in country

Risto sports lifter, Gwendolyn Sisto once again proves the Risto Sports training system works , even for people who have a fulltime job.  Gwen hit a major career milestone.  She snatched 88kg as a 63kg which is one of the top 3 highest snatches in the country for 63kg’s.

108kg Clean and Jerk, Gwen Sisto, Risto Sports weightlifting shoes

Gwendolyn Sisto making a successful 108kg clean and jerk at the Risto Olympia Cup in 2014 in her risto weightlifting shoes

To really make progress, she made the tough decision of lifting as a 69kg.  In September 2014, she lifted 200kg at the Risto Olympia Cup, which was the top total in the country at a USAW sanctioned competition from January 1, 2014 until that time.  She lifted it again in October at the Ginny Robinson Memorial.  She was ranked Number 1 on the startlist for the 2014 American Open for Women’s 69kg.  Unfortunately, due to a terrible elbow injury she had to withdraw after only 1 lift.  With only her first attempt in the snatch completed, she still won a National Medal. Gwen is clearly able to reinvent herself and develop new strengths so wish this badass luck on her road to recovery.


Gwen’s 200kg Total was the best in the country for 3/4’s of 2014!


8. Mike O’Hearn, 7 time Mr Natural Universe gives Workshop at Risto Sports  

Mike O’Hearn is routinely on the cover of major publications. He has graced the cover of over 500 magazine issues, many in the bodybuilding industry. Risto Sports had the amazing opportunity to continue to work with this Legend of the Fitness industry.  He has even served as a brand ambassador for Risto sports in the past.

Mike gave a free workshop to throngs of his fans at Risto Sports ‘ headquarters in Eliot, Maine (Boston metro area).  He even brought Stryker with him, his famous Siberian Huskey and sidekick. Many had the chance to glean new wisdoms from Mike as he generously shared his wealth of experience.

Mike O'Hearn and the Risto Team with Stryker

Mike O’Hearn, Gwendolyn Rojas, Gwendolyn Sisto, Elio Guerra, Ivan Rojas, and Stryker

9. Vanessa Quinones medals at Pan Am Championships

Vanessa Quinones of Colombia trained at Risto Sports for several months.  She competed at the 2014 Arnold weightlifting championships where she placed only second to Lydia Valentin.  Her performance put her on the Colombian National Team. She then competed at the 2014 Pan Am Championships where she medaled. She competes in the 53kg weight class.

Vanessa Quinones Clean and Jerk sequence in her Risto weightlifting shoes

Vanessa Quinones Clean and Jerk sequence in her Risto weightlifting shoes


 10. Risto Sports holds first ever Weightlifting competition at the Mr Olympia Expo

2014 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Mr Olympia.  It was also historic in that the first ever weightlifting competition would appear at the Mr. Olympia Expo.  Guess who got the contract to put on a world class event there– Risto Sports.  Risto Sports held the first inaugural Risto Olympia Cup, gave out awesome prizes from massive sponsors- , MetRX, Again Faster, NewGrip to name a few.

Gwen Sisto, Dmitry Klokov, and LG (Gwendolyn Rojas) at the Risto Olympia Cup

Gwen Sisto, Dmitry Klokov, and LG (Gwendolyn Rojas) at the Risto Olympia Cup

Response to Gwen’s video from 2013 nationals by a member of the IWF technical committee

This is the response to the video I sent to Mr. Diego Martinez, member of the technical committee of the IWF.

Hi Ivan, as you know judging a lift at the time of execution depends on many   factors   , factors such as the lights, shadows, judge experience, fatigue among others, the video of a lift is not recommended to give a good opinion, since the reproduction frame by frame it’s a bit slower than the human eye and in most cases the lifts are seen as not valid lifts.

Moreover, in the video you send me it  is a bit difficult to see well both arms because it was taken from a diagonal and not straight, but I do see that she makes a motion with her shoulder and the elbow of that arm which I see it’s hyper extended. From what   I’ve seen in the video   I DON’T SEE, any fault in the movement. The anatomy of the shoulder and the elbow anatomy might have made seen the judges something to judge it as not valid.

Technical Committee


  • Sam COFFA



  • Reiko CHINEN


  • Alexander KURLOVICH


  • Abdullah AL JARMAL


  • Shakhrillo MAKHMUDOV


  • Stephen CANNON


  • Diego MARTINEZ


WOD for Olympic Weightlifting Week 12 Day 1


Week 12 Macrocycle I. Mesocycle III. Microcycle IV – Competition modeling or control test
Day 1 1.- Snatch 65%(2×3) 70%x3 75%x3 80%(3×3) 21 reps
2.- C&J 65%(2×3) 70%x3 75%x3 80%(3×3) 21 reps
3.- Back Squat 55%x5 60%x5 65%x4 70%x3 75%x3 80%x3 29 reps
4.- Snatch pull 90%(2×3) 93%(2×3) 12 reps

WOD for OLympic Weightlifting Week 11 Days 3,4 and 5

Will be on a weightlifting matter trip and might not have good internet service.


Day 3 1.- Power Snatch 60%x3 65%(2×3) 70%x3 75%(2×3) 18 reps
2.- Jerk behind neck 65%x5 70%x5 75%(2×3) 78%(2×3) 20 reps
3.- Front squat 70%x5 75%(2×5) 80%(2×4) 85%x4 90%x2 29 reps
Day 4 1.- Power Snatch 60%x4 65%(2×3) 70%x3 75%x3 80%x3 83%(2×2) 23 reps
2.- P Cl + fro squ+PJ 60%(4×1-1)2 65%(4×1-1)2 70%94×1-1)2 24 reps
3.-Front squat 70%x5 75%(2×4) 80%x4 85%x3 90%(2×3) 26 reps
Day 5 1.- Snatch 65%x3 70%x3 75%(2×3) 80%x3 85%x3 87%(2×2) 22 reps
2.- C & J 60%x3 65%x3 70%(2×3) 75%(2×3) 80%x3 85%(2×2) 25 reps
3.- Back Squats 50%x5 55%x5 60%x5 65%x3 70%x3 75%x3 80%x3 85%x3 34 reps
4.- Snatch Pulls 90%(2×3) 93%(2×3) 12 reps
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