We had a great weekend Diane Fu and some other friends. Thank you to Diane for making the trip out to us. I learned a lot and I am so appreciative of getting the opportunity to create relationships like this.Thank you as well to those of you who traveled here to participate, especially Kieth (CF Apex), Lesha (CF Novem) and the crew from CFCC. Erin has an amazing family down there and has certainly set herself apart from other facilities in the city. I wanted to say thanks to Ryan Basa as well for his help this weekend. I was very humbled by the fact that my lifting partner (we moved the same weights) was about fifty pounds less than me, I’m coming for you BASA!
Olympic lifting is such an amazing sport and for most of you we are just scratching the surface of what you can do with it and more importantly what it can do for you and your athletic ability. 215 will adding more programs to assist you in furthering your proficency
Many of you may have previewed this on Facebook but here is a post from one of your constitutes, Taylor Hayes, on competing in an Olympic Lifting meet.
“Hey guys, some people have been asking about my experience this past weekend at my first OLY weightlifting meet. I’ll try to keep this short, but overall it was a truly amazing experience! When I was up there on that platform I didn’t feel as though I had X number of eyes staring at me, I felt like I had a room of people rooting their hardest for me to succeed (b/c they were). When I stepped on to the platform and approached the bar the adrenaline rush was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I felt as though it was just me and the bar and I didn’t think about what weight I was doing (mostly bc it was in kilos and the conversion is tough to do under time crunch and when fatigued) I just thought well, here we go and did the lift. I hit all 3 of my snatches at 49, 52 and 54 kilos (last one 118.8#) which was a 5.8lb PR and the bar felt light as a feather in this environment. I had some trouble on my jerks, but also PR’d my clean by 5.5 lbs after having just PR’d it the weekend before by 5lb.
I always thought of an OLY meet as showing up, lifting heavy things, and then leaving. What I didn’t realize is that not only is there a ton of strategy involved, but it truly is a sporting event. Having competed in a CrossFit competition and an OLY meet, the OLY meet felt much more to me (personally) like participating in an actually sporting event or game. There is a clock, there is strategy – planning the timing of your warm up correctly, how many reps to take while you warm up, what jumps in weight to make, changing weights in order to get more rest time – there are the things you can’t control – how many people are lifting before you, the uncertainty of when it will actually be your turn to go, how much rest time you have between lifts. It is a given at any competition that you will be physically and emotionally exhausted by the end, but I was caught off guard by how mentally exhausted I was. Oddly, it was a great feeling.
For those of you interested in OLY lifting – I waited too long to do a meet. There were many fairly green weight lifters in the novice division, so there are no excuses now for some of you that are interested. Also, I recommend the CF CC liberty barbell meet in particular, I thought it was run SOO well and everyone was super helpful. A low pressure, great first meet.
Anyway, I wanted to also share this article I coincidentally read today b/c it really spoke to me. I definitely approach the bar with an “I’ll try it” attitude. All my weights I picked for the meet were conservative and I’m happy that Micah pushed me to do weights that were out of my comfort zone because I clearly didn’t recognize my own abilities.” -Taylor Hayes
So where do we go from here…? We have a few more weeks in our Oly cycle and then at the end of it we will be having an In House Oly meet. This will give you an opportunity to give this 6 lift thing a try without the “whole world” watching. I will be bringing in some outside help to help facilitate the event and also assist with coaching some of you. Keep an eye on the calendar for late June, early July for 215 In house Classic!
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