Alex Lee a 69kg lifter from Chandler, Arizona. Alex started weightlifting in 2005 when he was 16 years old. He was introduced to weightlifting by his high school football coach, and he started training 3 times a week, doing snatches, clean and jerks, and squats. He recalls that they did a lot of squats, and a program that was very general in nature with a lot of assistance movements, almost like a bodybuilding program. Alex met Joe Micela at Gold’s Gym, and started training with Joe.
Alex ended up training up to 8 times a week with Joe, and he made a lot of progress. By 2010 Alex had done very well in national competition, he totaled 275 in the 69kg weight class but cut down to 62kg for collegiate Worlds, and won that meet. He ended up having a falling out with Joe that year and taking on a new coach, Shahin Nasirinia, a former world champion from Iran who had recently immigrated to the USA. Nasirinia helped Alex really kick his training into high gear, taking Alex with him to a training camp in Mexico for 4 months where Alex got to train alongside several Olympians. In 2012 Alex also attended a training camp in South Korea for for 6 months and he thinks that both international training camps added to his knowledge base and helped him progress along the path to his goals.
Partially because of his attendance in the two international training camps Alex did not compete in 2012 or 2013, but in 2014 he totaled 305kg at 69, then in 2015 he totaled 308 to make the 2015 world team. Alex was actually a resident at the OTC for about 9 months in 2015, but he ended up going home and training with Shahin again,At this time he is still training with Shahin and will soon compete for the USA in the 2015 World Championahips.
Alex trains with between 9 and 13 sessions per week, and they only count the volume of lifts above 90%. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday he does snatch, clean and jerk, squats, and pulls, all over 90% for mostly singles and some doubles, and repeats that basic formula 2 or 3 times throughout the day. He will often go right up to his max on the snatch and clean and jerk, with up to 95% for doubles on the squat, and up to 110% of his snatch or clean on pulls. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, he does the power versions of the lifts, but still often does 2 workouts. On Thursdays he does something different, which could range from just playing basketball or doing sprints, to going to a bodybuilding gym and doing some bodybuilding exercises. With this schedule and only counting the lifts that are above 90%, Alex often lifts over 5 tons in a day, and over 35 tons in a week.