Nope, I'm not going to be a weightlifter, the title refers to our first assignment.
We have to create an animation of a character lifting up a heavy object. I'm going to use Flash and have created a rough version already:
And thanks to the child who kicked their football into our garden over the ridiculously high fence, I was able to record some horrendous reference material (with my terrible, terrible acting):
(Of course, my character isn't quite as lanky and doesn't have hair to tuck behind its ears).