Tahoe City weightlifter sets Masters world record
Lisa Renschen, a personal trainer and strength coach at A Sant Lakeside Fitness in Tahoe City, was awarded Womenandamp;#8217;s Grand Master at the Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships at the Anderson-Cohen Weightlifting Center in Savannah, Ga., on July 16.The award is given to the best female weightlifter in all age groups and all weight classes.Competing in the 48-kilogram (105.8-pound) weight class, and 45-49 age group, Renschen set International Weightlifting Federation Masters World Records with 63-kilogram (139-pound) and 66-kilogram (145-pound) lift in the clean and jerk, and 116 kilograms (255 pounds) total.For those not familiar with Olympic-style weightlifting, the competition consists of two lifts, the snatch and the clean and jerk. In the snatch, the bar is pulled in one explosive motion from the floor to full armandamp;#8217;s length overhead. In the clean and jerk, the bar is pulled in an explosive motion from the floor to the shoulders and then driven to full armandamp;#8217;s length overhead by bending and then extending the legs and dropping into a split position.The winner of the competition is determined by adding the heaviest weights successfully lifted in each event for a combined score called the total.Renschen is an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer and USA Weightlifting Level I Coach. She learned the Olympic lifts in 2000 from three-time U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Team Coach Jim Schmitz of San Francisco and is currently coached by Glenn Pendlay, a senior International Weightlifting Coach at California Strength in San Ramon.Olympic-style weightlifting improves strength, power, speed, coordination, balance, agility and flexibility as well as overall conditioning andamp;#8212; all critical components to the success of any competitive athlete.If interested in learning the Olympic lifts to improve proficiency at virtually any sport, Renschen provides both private and group instruction at A Sant Lakeside Fitness. Contact Renschen through her website, strengthsolutions.com, or at 530-448-4880.andamp;#8212; This article was e-mailed to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at email@example.com.