I’ve come to believe that males should emulate female weightlifters and females should emulate male lifters. It forces you to get away from the familiar and focus on the universal.
The advice is generally the opposite: find someone in your weight class with a similar body type and try to emulate them.
There is some value in this, in that it helps a new lifter see — maybe for the first time — that it IS possible to be like YOU and still be great. New lifters are far too hard on themselves.
However, very quickly, this becomes a crutch, not an aid.
You are not a unique flower. You are a snow flake: boring and ordinary.
Like all other snow flakes, you are nothing but frozen water. The differences are surface deep.
Your training, your needs, are less individual than you think they are. Your needs are — in nearly every case — identical to what everyone elses needs are in training.
You need better technique. You need more strength. You need a stronger mind.
Look at that, I’m clairvoyant!
By emulating someone who is totally different than you — different gender, different weight class, but a great lifter — you will be able to learn FASTER what the true universal NEEDS are… not the BS you are focusing on today.
Let’s not be morons — humans ARE quite different from one another, and gender is a big damned difference! But, that’s really the point, isn’t it.
Our differences as humans are minuscule compared to our similarities.
In your training, if you focus all of your efforts on your uniqueness, you’ve missed 99.9999999% of the game, already!
Instead, your efforts should be on what is universal between you and your new hero who is totally opposite from you.
Small females: pick a male super to emulate.
Large males: pick a small female to emulate.
Case in point: Tamara wants to lift like CJ Cummings… and look like Kai Greene 😉 And I’ve ordered Eli to turn himself into a 14 year old Chinese girl.
Who are YOU going to emulate?
Now go lift something heavy,
PS. I’ve been trying to be more like Dolly Parton for years.