Adam Beytin

USA Weightlifting

Adam Beytin

Name: Adam Beytin

Team: East Coast Gold

Coach: Leo Totten and Ellyn "Doc" Robinson

Weight class: 77kg

Height: 5'4"

What year did you begin lifting?

I learned about power cleans in high school, and cleans and snatches were part of our lifting program while I wrestled for the University of Maryland, College Park from 2001 to 2005. I officially got into Olympic Weightlifting afterwards, in 2007.

How did you get involved?

I learned in the varsity weight room that I was better at lifting than I was wrestling - as far as I know my old team power clean record still stands. Watching Shane Hamman and the 2004 Summer Olympics, I dreamed about how great it would be to go that far in weightlifting. I mentioned it in passing to some of my teammates and coaches and was surprised to find they all believed that I had the potential. My wrestling career ended with a shoulder injury in 2004 and surgery in 2005, and after I recovered I started training with Augie Maurelli, then-head strength coach at Georgetown. He directed me to the 2007 Maryland State Championships where I introduced myself to as many people as I could. A couple of weeks later I started training with Leo Totten in Gettysburg, PA and Coach Jami Willette-Brown in Fredrick, MD.

Favorite competition lift:

Snatches are great because they can feel so easy but they're very fickle. Cleans and jerks take more energy but give you more leeway. Currently I would pick clean and jerk.

Favorite training lift:

On a good day snatches are the most fun, but I may have shifted my allegiance to the almighty RDL.

Education:

BS with honors in Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park with minors in Japanese and Piano Performance.

Personal goals:

My ultimate goal has always been to go to the Olympics.

Favorite food:

If you can name a single favorite food then you don't eat well enough! My girlfriend and I love to cook, so I try out a lot of things. However, I am quite partial to sushi.

Favorite book:

I was a big Stephen King/Michael Crichton fan as a kid, and Christine and Jurassic Park were some of my favorites in elementary school. Now I like a lot of classics, like Lord of the Flies, but I am embarrassed to admit that Harry Potter may currently be my favorite series.

Favorite TV show:

I don't like TV much, but Archer is awesome.

Favorite song that gets you motivated:

Music was a motivator while I wrestled, but it doesn't do it for me as a lifter.

Hobbies/interests outside of weightlifting:

I have too many to count! I am a software engineer that takes up side projects for fun. I love robotics and artificial intelligence - that's how I got my job - and I also work on flight dynamics and power systems. I like to play piano and guitar, although I don't have much time for them anymore, and I was a singer in college. I'm still involved with wrestling as the head coach of the University of Maryland Wrestling Club, and I love to rock climb when I have time off from lifting. Cooking is a big part of my life, and I am working on getting a bit into baking, which is science for hungry people.

Most people don't know that....

I prefer my coffee black. Otherwise it's called "dessert."