While she was in the US Hookgrip got a chance to interview Lydia Valentin.
- How she got into weightlifting
- only maxes in the last 3 weeks of preparation (for a competition)
- 12 weeks is the minimum time required to prepare for a comp
- her approach on setting goals and hitting numbers
- Monday and Friday are Max Days in her program (before comps)
- Training Bests: 125kg Snatch / 150kg Clean & Jerk
- only does Back Squats, her max is 185kg x4
- does not do Front Squats because years ago it gave her back problems
Spanish to english translation is not bad at all but when she says “dos tiempos” the right translation is “clean and jerk”, not “timing”. Spanish for “clean and jerk” is “dos tiempos” (“two steps”). The literal translation word-by-word for c&j would be “cargada y envión” but that term is most commonly used in latin America. In Spain we always say “dos tiempos”.
As a spaniard and weightlifter, I can say we are very proud of Lidia. Last year she won the Spanish Royal Order’s silver medal for sports achievement: http://www.20minutos.es/deportes/noticia/entrega-ordenes-merito-deportivo-mujer-modalidades-deporte-2309356/0/
Hello, just a little correction, nobody in latin America uses “cargada y envión”, it is “dos tiempos” too, as in Spain.
My mistake. Thanks for the info!
Tom Bennett says
she’s beautiful and an amazing athlete.
Surfer Mike says
I am listening to her voice, particularly the pitch, and it appears to be within a feminine range rather than an adolescent male range that I’ve heard with some Kazakh, Russian, and Chinese female lifters.