Summary of an article on the changes in Olympic weightlifting performance with age in masters male and female athletes.
10,225 results were analyzed for women (aged 35-74) and men (aged 35-90).
1993-2018 data from International Weightlifting Federation World Masters Weightlifting Championships. Weigth classes have changed, so all data were adjusted using the 2017 Sinclair formula.
- total weight lifted [kg]: best snatch + best clean&jerk
- At the age of 40 years, women are 95.2% and men are 94.7% as strong as they were at the age of 35.
- At the age of 60, women are 60.4% and men are 72.3% as strong as they were at the age of 35 years.
- Median results of age categories compared to the results at the age of 35:
Take home message
Huebner M, Meltzer DE, Perperoglou A. Age-associated performance decline and sex differences in olympic weightlifting. Medicine and science in sports and exercise. 2019 Nov;51(11):2302.