eet Hampton Morris — our featured athlete for the month of November. Hampton is a 13 year old youth weightlifter from Marietta, Georgia and is currently competing in the 50kg weight class.
When did you get started in this sport?
My first meet was on July 9th, 2016.
What (or who) got you started?
What do you enjoy most about weightlifting?
Making new lifting friends.
What does your current training routine look like (hours per day, days per week, where you train, who you train with)?
I usually lift 3-4 days per week, 2-3 days in competition weeks, and I try to mobilize as often as possible. I usually train in my basement or at Crossfit Dwala. My dad is my coach.
What one or two things do you currently do in your training that has been impactful?:
I think one of the most impactful parts of my training is how often I mobilize.
What do you carry around with you in your gym bag that has nothing to do with weightlifting?
I usually have only lifting-related items in my gym bag, but if I know that I will have a lot of time that I won’t be lifting, I may bring a book or some homework.
What is your diet like?
I just eat normal food.
Who do you look up to in the sport? Why?
I look up to CJ Cummings and Harrison Maurus because of how successful they have been and how early their success began, and it inspires me to believe that I can do just as well as them.
What friendships has this sport brought your way?
Some friends that I have that I probably wouldn’t have if I weren’t a weightlifter are Logan Davies and Destiny Karch.
Are you coachable?
What qualities do great coaches possess?
Understanding how their athlete works, and how to help them work around setbacks.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Did you take it?
Ignore the things outside of your control, and focus on the things that are in your control.
What characteristics do you strive for (on and off the platform)?
I always try to stay calm, patient, and I always try to have fun.
If you gave everything that you owned away except three things, what would you keep?
I would keep my Kindle with all of my favorite books, including A Prayer for Owen Meany, my vintage Adidas lifters, and my Coffee’s Gym T-shirt.
When you have random free time, how do you spend it?
If I don’t feel like watching whatever’s on TV, I will probably read a book while listening to music, or play with my sister.
If you could master anything (besides weightlifting), what would it be?
I would master soccer.
What have you learned from weightlifting that helps you in other parts of your life?
I have learned how to stay calm during difficult situations, and that it’s always important to be patient.
The last time you were knocked down (or discouraged) in this sport, how did you get back up?
I just stopped thinking about it and focused on what I could do to get past it.
What is the question no one has ever asked you that you’ve always wanted to answer?
I don’t know of any.
What are you most grateful for?
My awesome family and my adorable dog, Dexter.
Where does your strength come from?
I challenge myself and get challenged by others to do my best, every day.