Amna Al Haddad
Sports Pioneer from the Middle East

Training Log Snatch Grip Deads

Published on January 11th, 2013 | by Amna Al Haddad


Training Phase (Dec – Jan): Weightlifting Competition

I am back with some exciting news – not only my training intensified since my last post, it has for a reason – I am in training to take part of my first real weightlifting competition (more details on that at the bottom;))


In my earlier post, I have been working on my strength before moving on to full weightlifting training schedule. I have made a lot of progress with my training and overall physical well-being as I am supervised by Train With Fast & California Chiropractic Center.

I have fixed a lot of my imbalances in strength ratios and now my strength have increased evenly. That meant, hello weightlifting!  So, in the past weeks, my training increased from 8 sessions a week (2 a days) to almost 15-18 hours a week with my training being specialized toward getting me ready for the competition.

Before proceeding into competition-mode training, we tested my strength and I put a little documentary of my progress in the past year…


My training is truly quite intense. More mentally than it is physically as I (luckily) don’t get sore and if I were to, it’s usually minimum. A lot of weightlifting is mental – learning how to empty your mind before a lift, as the slightest hesitation & slightest fear…can make you miss a lift. It’s also learning not to let external factors effect your performance in the gym (which is something I am still learning how to get good at.)

As someone who never really had an athletic background until last year, I have a lot to learn about what it takes to be an athlete – it’s more than showing up at the gym and just putting in the work (that’s a big part of it) – but hardly the start and end of it all. It requires a lot of personal scarifies (for example, not eating with your family as often or the same food), a lot of prioritizing ( coming back home early from a night out to do my 30minutes-1hour work recovery work before going to bed). In the end of the day, as an athlete you realize…

RECOVERY is what makes you stronger and not the sweat, blood and tears you drop on the gym floor.


So in about 7 weeks there is a competition in the USA that I will be taking part to represent the UAE in weightlifting. I am quite nervous, but very excited. In a weightlifting competition, you only have 6 total attempts ( 3 attempt in the Snatch & 3 attempts in the Clean and Jerk). I am really looking forward for my first competition and hopefully will find the support to make it. This is the first step toward my Journey toward the the 2016 Olympics!

I am seeking sponsors to fund the costs of the trip, interested sponsors (UAE or international) please e-mail for more information.



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About the Author

Amna Al Haddad , born in 21 Oct 1989, is an Emirati who always had a passion for health and fitness. She made history by being the first Emirati and GCC national to ever to participate in the Reebok Crossfit Games Asia Regionals. Since then she embarked on Olympic Weightlifting with being an IWF Arab and West-Asian Champ -63. A NIKE sponsored athlete, a motivational speaker and published author.

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    Age: 23
    Height: 5’2
    Weight Category: 53kgs

    Competition total:
    Arnold Weightlifting Championships: 82kgs

    Personal Records (kgs):

    Deadlift: 105
    Back Squat: 68
    Front Squat: 60
    Clean and Jerk: 51
    Push Press: 45
    Bench Press: 43
    Shoulder Press: 37
    Snatch: 36