Martin came to the Cook Islands on holiday in 2011, fell in love, and never went back. “I fell in love with Beatrice, my wife to be, the islands, people and lifestyle”, he says. Martin and Beatrice (nee Johnson) have 3 children, Reif, Eva and Meana. He is an ICT consultant.
Name: Martin Stetka
Island representing: Mangaia
What made you want to try Olympic weightlifting? I was introduced to Olympic lifts (snatch, clean & jerk) by Tumuora Fit coach Geoff Halston about three years ago. I am using Geoff’s training programming for strength and conditioning to complement my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) training and preparation for international competitions in BJJ.
What’s your preparation been like for the upcoming Cook Islands Games?I started to focus on Olympic lifts and Olympic lifting as a sport about five weeks ago when I was approached to join the team for Mangaia. During this short period of time I started to discover all the technical aspects of the lifts and the importance of precise technique to perform successfully. I am learning the rules and principles of the sport and am realising that it’s not just simply lifting heavy weight above the head. There is a specific way how it must be done to make the lift count!
What’s your favourite lift?Both lifts (snatch, clean & jerk) have unique aspects, there’s no personal preference for me. I like them both.
Personal best?Snatch 80kg, Clean & Jerk 105kg. However, I expect these numbers will change often as I’ve just started to really explore the sport and my potential. There’s more in me before I hit a plateau and my progress slows down. Also, it is one thing to perform a lift at the gym under no pressure, and totally different to lift the same numbers on stage in a competition!
What excites you about weightlifting? The technical difficulty of the lifts under heavy load.
How does weightlifting help your BJJ training? It’s no secret that practising Olympic lifting has massive benefits for other sports – explosive strength, power, speed, flexibility, mobility, stability – these are just some of the benefits. In BJJ, precise technique beats strength. Precise technique can be achieved only by performing the same move over and over again. Weightlifting requires precise technique as well, so I will just keep lifting!
Martin may very well be the first Czech Cookie! Martin was born in Czechoslovakia in Europe, today known as the Czech Republic. Martin came to the Cook Islands on holiday in 2011 fell in love and never went back. “I fell in love with Beatrice, my wife to be, the islands, people and lifestyle”, he says. Martin and Beatrice (nee Johnson) have 3 children, Reif, Eva and Meana. He is an ICT consultant.