Who is Max Lang?
If you are a weightlifter or a fan of the sport, it's nearly impossible to miss Max Lang on social media. When I started weightlifting about 2 years ago, I knew very little about the sport. Like any new weightlifter, I turned to YouTube and Instagram in the hope of learning more. My coach would often bring up Lang's name and tell me to take note of how Max would set up before every lift.
"I encourage many of my lifters to watch and study how Max lifts because, beside being excellent technically, his mannerisms and demeanor approaching the bar are deliberate. I feel that the Germans are great role models for weightlifting for a variety of reasons. They are very staunch advocates against the use of drugs, yet they develop successful lifers who compete at high levels with excellent technique."- Dan Casey
So, to the question at hand, Who is Max Lang?
Max Richard Lang, is a German weightlifter who recently turned 24. Alles Gute sum Geburtstag! Lang represents Germany at international competitions and has competed in both the 2014 and 2015 World Championships. So yes, he is a big deal.
Why is he a favorite? Aside from being an incredible athlete, his posts are insightful and genuine. One of the things that I noticed right away about Max is how he interacts with his fans. Below an example of why he is so cool!
Hey buddies! I'll start a new campaign. You want to improve your lifting techniques? Produce your own Instagram training video, use my hashtag #CoachedByMax and I'll support you with a helpful feedback in your comments. 😎🎥💪 ---------------------------------------------- Hallo Freunde! Ihr wollt eure eigene Gewichthebetechnik verbessern? Dreht ein Video von euren Trainingsübungen und kennzeichnet dieses mit dem Hashtag #CoachedByMax. Ich gebe euch dann ein paar hilfreiche Tipps bzw ein Feedback in den Kommentaren darunter.😎🎥💪 #goheavyapparealcom #germanweightlifting #BVDG #gewichtheben #olympicweightlifting #instafit #motivation #fit #fitness #gymlife #instafitness #gym #trainhard #eatclean #grow #focus #dedication #strength #fitnessgear #muscle #powerlifting #squat #lifestyle #beastmode #weightlifting #atgym #niketraining
Max's vlogs are fun to watch as well. In the video below, you can see him playfully bench pressing over 100kg and asking his spotters if it was ok. Please give it a watch. You will enjoy it!
Moving on to the more serious Max. This post in particular, has really stayed with me. Max has been very transparent about his performance at the 2016 European Weightlifting Championships. He doesn't sugar coat things and is clear about what his goals are for 2017.
As 2016 comes to an end, I’d like to share a final throwback with you. ☺️😎 For me it was a really turbulent year as there were a lot of great but also bad moments. However that is no reason to be sentimental and I’m sure 2017 will be a fabulous year! I wish you all a happy New Year!🎉 ______________________________________________ Ein letzter Rückblick für euch, bevor das Jahr 2016 zum Ende kommt. ☺️😎 Auch hinter mir liegen turbulentes Monate, mit vielen schönen aber auch bitteren Momenten. Doch das ist kein Grund sentimental zu werden. 2017 wir ein geiles Jahr, da bin ich mir sicher! Ich wünsche euch einen genialen Jahreswechsel!🎉 . . . #HappyNewYear
Let’s get on with it! 💪☺️ Yesterday, I officially started preparation for the upcoming European Championships in Croatia. In April I may not only fight for some good results again but also against myself. The aim is clear: New personal bests!👌😎 __________________________________________ Packen wir es an! 💪☺️ Gestern startete ganz offiziell meine Vorbereitung auf die kommenden Europameisterschaften. Im April werde ich in Kroatien wieder um gute Platzierungen aber auch gegen mich selbst kämpfen. Das Ziel ist klar: Neue Bestleistungen!👌😎
Oh, what a treat it must have been for the audience to watch Max compete. In the video you can hear the audience passionately and rhythmical clapping for Max before every lift.
A personal favorite... a 210kg jerk!
Welcome #Kienbaum !! 👌😅 Today, we start our training program. Here a little view in my training session. 210kg Jerk😰🙌 ----------------------------------------------- Willkommen in #Kienbaum ! Heute startete hier offiziell unser Trainingslager. Ich habe auch einen kleinen Einblick für euch: 210kg Ausstoß 👋😁😅🙈 #goheavyapparelcom #germanweightlifting #BVDG #gewichtheben #olympicweightlifting #instafit #motivation #fit #fitness #gymlife #instafitness #gym #trainhard #eatclean #grow #focus #dedication #strength #fitnessgear #muscle #powerlifting #squat #lifestyle #beastmode #weightlifting #atgym #niketraining
Max is down to earth and intense when he needs to be. His positive demeanor and sheer talent is probably why his fans adore him. In an interview with Fit Blog World, he shares his views on Olympic Weightlifting and what his training is like during the week.
"Weightlifting is having a little comeback, people in Germany may start to enjoy and appreciate this sport a little bit more. I am pretty optimistic and exited to see this sport growing and getting more popular and favored soon."
To see for yourself what he is all about, please do the following:
- If you don't already, please follow him at @max_lang_weightlifting
- Then head over to Max's You Tube Channel and subscribe! You'll find English subtitles for many of his videos!
- Lastly, check out his webpage here : MAX LANG and make sure you pick up shirt!
On many of my posts, I like to make reference to wanting to give Mr. Lang a piggy back ride. It's an ongoing joke I have with my weightlifting friends and coach (alright fine, it's really not a joke). Mr. Lang, whenever you are ready to visit New York, there is a barbell waiting for you at New York Weightlifting Academy.