It's always fun bringing a big team to meets, and this past weekend was no exception! I want to thank @mrmichaelmiller for putting on a great competition, @scallyeventphotos for these great pics, and of course, our athletes for coming out and representing the club as well as they did. Out of 10 athletes we had 5 Gold, 1 Silver, and 2 Bronze medal finishes while also acquiring multiple, provincial masters records. Now it's right back to work to prepare for the next one!
Dave finishes off our day with a HUGE training and competition record of 150kg!
Add another medal to the count! @julialiftsbig finishes 81/93 to secure the Gold in the women's 90kg class (at a BW of 76.9)!
And, yet another session of excellent lifting from our athletes! @oly.lifting.gal is back at it, taking home hardware again with a Gold! An even bigger achievement was had by @007penney who took Ontario Master's records in both the Clean and Jerk and Total!
@ianhaya's still got it! Ian scores himself a Bronze medal, going 6/6, finishing with 94/120!
Just Lift OG, and Master's record holder, Heather Amundrud, nets herself and the club another medal, taking 2nd in the women's 53kg class!
Proud of this little one for coming through today, and making 5/6 of her lifts. But, we're not done yet! Training for Junior Provincials starts next week!
The Bay of Quinte Open kicks off in an hour! 10 athletes, 7 sessions... I'm ready.
Got a soft lockout in your Jerk? Before you start hitting up all the Push Presses first consider your timing. One of the most common mistakes I see in people's Jerks has to do with the rhythm of the finish with regard to when the arms lockout and the feet hit the floor. If you look at this clip of @julialiftsbig you can see that her feet connect to the floor in unison with her arms to finish the lockout. If you've ever watched training hall footage of elite lifters you'll notice that their split lengthens as the weight gets heavier. Lockout problems aren't always related to the capacity of your strength; sometimes it just has to do with how you express it.
Sherlon brought that 🔥 to the club last night, scoring himself a new Bench Press PR of 143kg! That's 3 bro plates or 315 Freedom Units. These guys never fail to impress with their attitude, and it shows!
I'm extremely proud of our Strength 1 guys this week! Everyone's been putting up some great numbers, grinding through heavy weight, fighting the bar to prove they're stronger than they used to be! What I'm even prouder of, however, can be seen in the last clip posted here. Everyone cares. Everyone's here to push one another. Seeing each class come together like that... That's why we do what we do. Let's see that same fire in the Bench Press today!
As I've previously mentioned, we've got a big team going to this weekend's Bay of Quinte Open! This means there will be a few modifications to our operations. This Friday the Oly 2 session will run under an Open Gym format with the gym closing at 8:00pm after the evening's last Strength 1 session. Saturday everything will run as normal; everyone just has the pleasure of working with @lewis_orzech!
This is what I like to see... People lining up at the board to write their records! We've had three Strength 1 classes so far today, and just about everyone has been putting something up on the board. This is only the beginning of test week!
Turns out Monday's don't have to be a buzzkill... @mediocrelifter scored himself 4 Snatch records today! His previous best was 83. Today he went 84, 86, 88, and finally 90 for a 7kg PR! Not bad at all considering he's only halfway through his current training cycle! Nick is preparing for the Fall Classic in November, and finally, Juniour Provincials. He's only trained with us since May, but look for him to start doing some damage in the 77kg class soon!
Coach, what went wrong with that rep? Should I change my setup? My lockout doesn't feel that good, should I be pressing more? I get questions like this from newer and intermediate lifters all the time. My answer is almost always the same, though: there's nothing wrong, there's no special cue or exercise, you just need to practice more. I know. It's not a satisfying answer, but it's generally the truth. Weightlifting is a sport that rewards precision, so it's easy to fixate on perfection. But, if perfection is a 10 and you're at 2 don't think you have to jump ahead 8 points when given a cue or analyzing your own lifts. Just try to go from 2 to 3. It's way less frustrating, and if you're patient eventually your 3 becomes 4, then 4 to 5, and so on. Trust your coaching, trust the process, and with enough time you'll almost certainly surprise yourself!
Athletes @ashley_goalie_1 and @crawwdaddyy scored themselves some new Clean and Jerk records in the last week of training! Ashley, one of our Juniour athletes, had a helluva night nabbing both a Snatch and Clean and Jerk record, bringing her best total up by 6kg! Adam, after some frustratingly close attempts to get a new Snatch record redeemed himself by adding 3kg to his best Clean and Jerk! All of our athletes have been putting up great numbers lately, and with the 2017-2018 season about get going I'm eager to see what these guys put up on the competition platform!
Our phone number has changed! We can now be reached via 613-729-5959!
He might need 6 month deloads to recover these days, but my buddy @ianhaya has still got it! Here's a smooth 115kg Clean and Jerk. Ian's preparing with other members of the JustLift team for the Bay of Quinte Open on the 23rd. Incidentally, he's also the current Ontario record holder for the 69kg Master's records. Maybe he'll bump these up even more in a few weekends?!
And, it's the last heavy week for Strength 1! Rest up hard this week, folks, because we start testing 1RMs next week!
@dave.savage0803 smashing a new 2RM in the Clean and Jerk with 140kg! This is around 5kg or so off his best single! Dave and many of his teammates are just wrapping up their preparation for the Bay of Quinte Open on the 23rd.
Gotta hit those fundamentals when they're young! One of the the biggest deficits I see in adolescent athletes is that they get thrown into sport specialization right away without any kind of preparatory work that focuses on movement or tissue quality. It's all about laying down a foundation for the future. I don't care too much about sport performance when an athlete's 12. I care about enabling them to realize the most of their potential when they're at an age when sport outcomes matter!