BFGUITAR

01-11-2008, 11:11 AM

I like to fiddle around with numbers and try to put the strength and power of an oly lifter into numbers and than compare it to every day things.

Lets assume a 250kg C+J. Definitely a strong lift for anyone, but possible.

Lets also assume the lifter is about 6 feet tall and almost 10 feet with his hands straight up. This comes to about 3 m.

Lets also assume hes lifting this weight on the planet Earth.

Using a simple equation, PE=mgh it ends up that you need at least 7350 joules of energy. Now we know that life isnt perfect and we will need to put it about 30% more energy due to the nature of the lift and other factors (balance, inefficient conversion of energy...)

So lets just say an even 10 000 joules.

In terms of calories, this is 2400 calories.

A person C+J 250 kg is using up almost as much energy as a person uses up in a day all in a matter of seconds...

Now lets look at a more realistic lift for us... How about a 100kg C+J. This is about 1000 calories. Still, a lot of energy.

Im starting to think now... oly lifting could easily be used for weight loss assuming you know the technique and have the strength.

To be honest, these numbers look too good to be true. And in science, when something looks to good, its probably is. Can someone else look over my work? Im pretty confident with my abilities but still... thats a lot of energy in a short amount of time.

Lets assume a 250kg C+J. Definitely a strong lift for anyone, but possible.

Lets also assume the lifter is about 6 feet tall and almost 10 feet with his hands straight up. This comes to about 3 m.

Lets also assume hes lifting this weight on the planet Earth.

Using a simple equation, PE=mgh it ends up that you need at least 7350 joules of energy. Now we know that life isnt perfect and we will need to put it about 30% more energy due to the nature of the lift and other factors (balance, inefficient conversion of energy...)

So lets just say an even 10 000 joules.

In terms of calories, this is 2400 calories.

A person C+J 250 kg is using up almost as much energy as a person uses up in a day all in a matter of seconds...

Now lets look at a more realistic lift for us... How about a 100kg C+J. This is about 1000 calories. Still, a lot of energy.

Im starting to think now... oly lifting could easily be used for weight loss assuming you know the technique and have the strength.

To be honest, these numbers look too good to be true. And in science, when something looks to good, its probably is. Can someone else look over my work? Im pretty confident with my abilities but still... thats a lot of energy in a short amount of time.