FUEL: Champion Weightlifter Morghan King Lifts Double Her Own Bodyweight


Weightlifting is my life. When you, you know,
put your heart and soul into something, like
it, becomes your life. And so I wanna be the
best I can possibly be, and, nothings gonna
stop me doing that. My name is Morghan King. I am an international
competitive weightlifter. I actually started
weightlifting, well, it’s probably getting
closer to three years now, but I became
competitive about a year, year and a half into it. I came up really,
really fast. Like, when I went to
nationals in 2013, no one knew,
really, who I was. And I ended up winning. And I made the world team
for my first competition, which is kind
of unheard of, that’s not very normal. In women’s weightlifting, there’s seven different
weight classes. I am in the lightest
weight class, which is 48 kilos, and
that’s 105.6 pounds. So the snatch is
one fluid movement from ground to overhead,
and you catch it in
the bottom of your squat. My best lift is 83 kilos. So about one and a half
times my bodyweight. I’ve done that
in training, and I’ve done 76 on
the international stage. And so
then our second movement is the clean-and-jerk, and that is technically
two movements. So a clean, you pick it
from the ground up, you get it to your shoulders,
and then you squat it up. And then the jerk is,
from your shoulders, you drive it off
your shoulders, and you’re in a split jerk. So, my feet actually
split out away from my body. My best lift ever
is 100 kilos, and in competition, my best
is 96 internationally. That’s officially
double body weight. Which is actually a
really big deal cuz a lot of women don’t
necessarily get to a double body
weight clean and jerk. In weightlifting you have
to know why you’re doing these movements. And you have to be
able to manipulate your body to get the
results that you want. I mean, it comes down to,
like, inches. If I’m finishing in
the middle of my thigh, as opposed to
into my hip, there’s gonna be
significant different results in how
I’m competing. I wanna say probably like
Oh wow! Probably, yeah. No.
Eight plus seven means dinner was good. Yeah okay. 58.7? Yeah, 58.7. That’s not bad.. Because you’ll have
an extra study session You have two session today? Study Session
97. 97 even. Yeah. About 0.4 kilos lighter. So. Don’t make any funny
jokes that I’m fat After only one meal? Impossible
Yeah In weightlifting cutting is dropping weight. And cutting is
a pretty big deal. It can get really stressful I remember
my first cut. I actually almost blacked
out, which is horrible. I mean, the crazy thing
is you literally have to be 48 kilos for
about four seconds. You know, the second
you step off the scale, you can chug and
eat and all of that. But is funny when
I am cutting, like the month out,
I start to make a list of like, everything
that I want to eat. And it’s usually like
Sweet potato fries, Slurpies, burgers. At one point,
I had, like, Dairy Queen on there. And so you start to crave
all these things that you just can’t have. People are starting to
realize that diet really does impact
your training. Our lifting sessions
are two and a half hours. And so, I mean,
nine sessions a week. And if you don’t eat
relatively smart, you just feel so crappy. It just really
catches up to you. And now I am going to go
home and cook breakfast. I think it’s really, really important when you
know what’s in your food. And breakfast is really
big deal for me. I love breakfast. I love cooking it. I would probably eat it
every meal if I could. I’m gonna just heat these
up cuz I’m weird and I don’t like cold, I don’t like it getting
cold really fast. My boyfriend’s
a weightlifter. For him,
I’ll kind of try and do like double just to
make myself feel better. I don’t know if it’s
actually double. That’s how I do
my portions. Is I’m like well,
I’m like half his size, so, you should be eating
twice as much as me. So inside of this,
I put a chicken, I put a, a chicken sausage, which has a little bit
of jalapeno in it. Sweet potatoes,
peppers, baby kale. We put it on
a bed of spinach, just to kind of get
a little more greens in. Eggs and then a tomatillo
salsa, on top. During training I have a
shake during practice and I have some sort of like
protein bar kinda just something to like
keep you like fat and protein to kinda keep
you full for a while. So this is my
protein shake. It’s just some
more muscle, so it has BCAs in
it as well, just a little bit extra
to help you recover. I always take Progenex
which is a pre-workout. It also has a creatine,
and a little bit of
whey protein in it. Not, not to bad, but it’s just to help you
kind of sustain so your muscles don’t get as
fatigued during training Our training
sessions are two and a half hours long. So you kinda
need something in between cuz that kinda
cuts into my you know, two to three hour window. I mean, we eat right
after practice so this is just kinda
something, in the middle, to keep you kind of full. Come on. Come on, straight up. There you go. You did it. Today, I’m doing
all clean work. Yesterday I did
snatch work, so, each lift is
one practice. I’ve had other
backgrounds that have kinda helped me
in weightlifting. I didn’t just come in and
I was already really good, like I put in a lot
of work to get good. The strength was there. The first day I
got into CrossFit, they had us a max back
squat, and I was doing triathlons at that point
and my max back squat was like 90 kilos, which is
a pretty good weight for somebody that hasn’t
been training. My coach is Zygmunt
Smalcerz, he’s also the international
team USA coach. It’s been really, really
awesome having him, because he is a very
technical coach, and he expects a lot
out of you. He’s very in tune with
all his lifters and I think that’s
very important. He works with each
individual athlete in their programming. You need to forward. Forward? I met Morghan and
immediately I notice, she looks like
very promising. She got something
what athlete needs. Especially in
weightlifting, a good mind. She forms something what
is really good for her. Weightlifting is
very beautiful. Excellent. Good, good beautiful. Weightlifting is my life. When you, you know,
put your heart and soul into something
all of your circles revolve around it. You know, my room-mate’s
a weightlifter, my good friends here are
weightlifters and I think when you have similar
interests you start to develop friendships and
relationships with people that are going through
the same thing. Like, it becomes
your life. There’s Pan American
Games this year and then World. And so, I wanna be the
best I can possibly be to be successful
in my industry, in weightlifting. Like, I have this goal
of what I wanna do, and nothing’s gonna
stop me doing that. Like I’m gonna put aside
everything that I like to do just for fun,
because of this one goal. Keeping it simple
is kind of my fuel. Eating really clean,
eating vegetables, eating meat and some sort of complex
carbohydrate is easy. It takes the stress
of eating out. I think that’s
the easiest way for somebody to be successful
in weightlifting. Nutrition is
a huge deal and it hinders performance when
you don’t eat properly. Kinda just like
in training, what you put in
you’re gonna get out. And if you don’t take
care of your body, it’s gonna eventually
break down. I’m supposed to get 75
grams of carbs with both dinners. So, I mean, for, I mean, that’s a lot of
carbohydrates. In order to drop down to
48 I did, like, a 1200 calorie diet for, like,
two and a half weeks. And supposedly, like, my
resting metabolic rate. Metabolic rate. Was, like, 1600s. So I was at a, you know, 400 calorie deficit in
a hard training cycle. I had a terrible diet before I
started doing this. Hot dogs, sweet tea, this
is like a confessional. Pizza.
Pizza, cookies. I ate like
a three year old. Pretty much. Like we all were there
at like 24 I think. But I think just
experimenting like you start to realize what,
what food works for you and what doesn’t. So if you can really tune
into what you’re eating, I think that helps a lot. What’s the one thing
you miss the most, being on the diet? Oreos. Really? Beer. Beer. I do miss beer. God. I mean you could have
beer during training, right? That’d be terrible. Right? That’d be the best, what
are you talking about? I’d never miss a drink.

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Reader Comments

  1. Johny40Se7en

    She's so strong, especially for her size, fair play to her. A very focused and passionate person and yeah I agree completely with the nutrition thing, you are what you eat after all ; )

  2. Joseph B

    I had a shoulder injury several months ago. Everytime I see miltary presses, snatches, clean and jerk my shoulders cry. I weigh 180 pounds, 6 ft and am scared to even attempt lifting anything in a shoulder press movement over 100 pounds. I hit 60 pound dumbells for chest press 10-12 reps but am scared to attempt 30 pound dumbell shoulder press.

  3. Haassan1

    Her breakfast looks awful.Also, i never understand y atletes are so eager to be the best. Especially americans get all crazy about it. And the tragedy is that ull never be the best. Yeah, sure u can win a prize, but does that means ur the 'best'… point is ull never be satisfieded.Just say ur addicted and keep it real.

  4. CalgaryDynastar

    While I commend her dedication, if I lived in Colorado I sure wouldn't be lifting when there's so many amazing things to do outdoors, while blazing legal weed:)

  5. ThePwner620

    Obviously not alot of women get double body weight. Your only 105lbs bruh double your size is easy asf imagine if you were 150 plus dumbass bitch saying most women can double body weight cause they ain't 105 you skinny bitch. Btw I'm 19 230 pound powerlifter don't talk shit.

  6. faffounette

    I want to understand how come some female weightlifters have more muscle mass and defintion compared to others even though all of them lift heavy and train in the same range and same intensity.

  7. Rick Jamesbitch

    Who cares? If you walked by her on the street you would just think that she’s one of those jogger basic bitches. #NOGAINS

  8. Luis GO V

    So weird people still thinking one of the biggest sources of cholesterol is considered good fuel aka eggs aka unfertilized chicken periods :

  9. Canadian Aussie

    I wanna squat in your snatch then u can cleanly jerk me coach is like she is beutiful that makes here good weightlifter keep this guy away from your kids he will be snatching them

  10. SuperBomberman007

    Fasting is the best way to cut weight and get ready for a competition. You'll cut weight ridiculously fast and thus won't have to dehydrate yourself two days before the competition to drop the last few KG's of weight.

  11. Bob Jones

    Damn, 2 and 1/2 hours lifting? I've done two hour lifting sessions and 30-45 min sessions. I found that I get better and quicker results when I do the shorter length sessions. I guess everyone is different but damn. that's a big difference.

  12. RF Johns

    Too bad we couldn't get rid of bums making rude comments.
    Really tough sport at extreme disadvantage as lifters Asian,middle east still getting away with drugs.

  13. WayWardPingas

    Women will never be stronger than us or superior us fatass americans with hair lost weigh 400 pounds with small dick can be stronger we eat bug mac and walk for second so we work harder

  14. Haitheregorgeous

    I love that she wants to be the best she can possibly be instead of the best there is. You are your own biggest threat! Great motivation!

  15. abcdefghijklmnop0385

    2 and half hours/session and 9x a week🤣🤣🤣 i am 2 and a half too but 5x and here i thought im a badass with 5x a week😱😱

  16. Michael Bertoni

    Ha. Wait till one of them transgender dudes says hes a woman- your championship is over. lol queerssss and mental disorders

  17. Dannesh Bastani

    this chick is an animal! i knows she's not a powerlifter but i would love to know what her squat bench and deadlift is too.

  18. Webbs Kruiser

    whenever i see women scared off weightlifting due to fear of "getting big", i just point them to this woman, tiny, slender and feminine, yet very strong.

  19. Ta Lia

    This is so inspiring! I’ve never thought that someone as short as me would ever be able to do something like that. I guess that the secret is to never limit your mindset like I’ve done. Anyways, she’s amazing.

  20. Kneily Kie

    Dont worry in 2019 , you will lose to a trans-woman aka a man who couldnt compete with other men so will come and compete with women AND !! They will tell you to tolerate it … because ya know … science isnt real … and testosterone running through your body for 25 years doesn't affect anything

  21. bkstacker 247

    And some of the worlds strongest men lift double or triple there weight only difference is they weigh about 300 to 440 world record deadlift I think is around 1100 1200 by Eddie hall not trying to shit on her but come on what does she weigh I seen this 150 pound Asian dude bench like over 400 also pretty sure there's like a 16 year old girl who dead lifts 400 benches over 200

  22. Kassandra Nelson

    Oh man wouldn't you have massive bruises on your shoulders from that? I bet your body must get used to it. You go girl!

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