Weightlifting Class System
The classification system (Soviet Weightlifting Class System) was developed in Eastern Europe and is broken down into six levels: Class 3, Class 2, Class 1, Candidate for Master of Sport, Master of Sport, and International Master of Sport. The class of a lifter is based on competition results and used to as a guide for the proper development of an athlete. Using the class system to group athletes into the similar levels of proficiency gives a coach a general guideline for assigning appropriate volumes, intensities, and exercise selections to continue to maximize the progression of each lifter. The class system can provide athletes with motivation through their progression as they are able to move up in ranking, as well as provide a coach feedback on the effectiveness of a program.
Classes 1-Master of Sport have been adjusted to reflect more recent US competition performance and qualifying totals by Catalyst Athletics. This primarily affected the CMS and MS classes.
For more information on programming based on this class system check out:
Weightlifting Programming: A winning coach’s guide by Bob Takano
Managing the Training of Weightlifters by N.P. Laputin
Fundamentals of The Soviet System by Gwendolyn Sisto and Ivan Rojas
A System for Mulit-Year Training in Weightlifting by A.S. Medvedyev