It's a civic holiday on Monday! The club will be open following an Open Gym format from 9am - 12pm on August 5th. Programs will be lock, stock, and ready to go!
Mike, you've accomplished a lot here training with @cierramm! We're privileged to have you as a member of our community. Looking forward to what you can hit post surgery, buddy! 💪 REPOST: Mike came to @justliftinc 1.5 Years ago. After bidding on sessions I had donated to a local cat rescue auction. What we have accomplished has taken SO MUCH WORK and SACRIFICE for @mcmullenici. Just recently we hit these mile stones... Mike's lost over 60lbs... Mike hit a 150kg 3RM which was a 25kg PR. He Deadlifted 182kg... These were his last lifts before he headed into ACL Surgery Friday last week. We've rehabbed, prehabbed and done everything to make his recovery the best we can! Mike, thanks for being the best and always working hard! Let's get after it.
If you think the hot weather here in the Northern Hemisphere is rough @talidarsigny, @m_charron28, @rachelleblancbazinet and @boady_champ are braving the dreaded cold down in Lima, Peru to represent Canada at the Pan American Games! ⭕⭕⭕ I know all of these athletes, and can tell you that each of them has worked harder and sacrificed more than you can imagine to be there. Let's wish them nothing but success! Good luck to you four! I'm gonna tilt my head as hard as I can for you from up North! 🔵🔵🔵 Let's also wish Team Canada coaches @firstpull and @dalassantavy luck, too! This is a group effort. Few people can read a board like Jean Patrick, and nobody can get you pumped to attack a big weight like Dalas can (seriously, pre-lift slaps from Dalas will put 10kg on your total). 🔵🔵🔵 🥇🇨🇦Go Team Canada!!! 🇨🇦🥇
#tbt... Kinda. We're coming up on seven years this September. That notion has me reflecting on where I came from, what I focused on, and what I could have done differently in my coaching career. It's no secret; I'm a theory guy. I like systems. Sometimes the best thing you can do, however, is listen. 🔹🔹🔹🔹 First of all: this isn't my idea. I ran into it the other day and can't remember the source. Still, it stuck with me. Here goes: What's one thing I don't know about you that you think I should? Let me give you an example to illustrate this question's power. 🔹🔹🔹🔹 Way back when finishing my MA was still part of the plan I worked with many undergrads, but one still stands out to me. She sat in the back of my class and generally remained quiet. Then after class one day she waited until everyone left, and sheepishly hobbled over to my desk. If I'm honest I probably didn't realize she even existed until now. She started by apologizing to me, telling me she probably wouldn't be writing me a good term paper. I asked why. She ended up communicating her life story, telling me that from grade one and on she had always had trouble putting the words in her head to paper. She didn't know what to do and was afraid school just wasn't for her despite loving what she was learning. Seems like a pretty big problem for a university student, no? 🔹🔹🔹🔹 Through a bit of trial and error we ended up finding out that dictating her thoughts into a recorder first, then writing the ideas on paper, and finally refining them into sentences worked. Weeks later that woman would go on to write me one of two A+s that I ever gave to anyone on an essay. Imagine? If she was just a little less brave I never would have known, and she probably would have continued being disappointed in her marks. 🔹🔹🔹🔹 Don't delay! If you think there's something your coach should know about you that can affect your training outcome(s) speak up! It can be anything. You never know what sort of difference it might make!
What a great training camp! @_julialiftsbig, @oly.lifting.gal, @rich.davidson and myself (@gregjustlift) had a great time with @firstpull and the gang this past week! . . It's always a treat to work with other coaches and athletes who have the same aspirations as your own. Comparing notes and training stories is fun, but the real value comes from the push! Some of what we did is just like what we'd do back home, but there were plenty of occasions where we got to try something new! I definitely have some new ideas to incorporate into my own programming...😈 As well, our own athletes got to confirm for themselves that they're not the only ones whose coach asks them to do a ton of work 😂. . . A big thanks is goes out to our host, JP, as well as everyone who came out to participate! I always appreciate the opportunity to see and work with my friends from #teamcanada. It's incredibly motivating to be in the presence of people from around the country who you know give it their all to be the best they can be. It was also really nice to meet some of the members of Les Gēants de Montréal. You've for a great club. Keep working hard, guys! . . Looking forward to the next one!
Seeing as we nearly sold out of our Graffiti shirts in a week we have a SECOND design coming your way! JustLift Floral👌 If you're interested let @cierramm know. We already have a bunch of these reserved. They'll be going just as fast as the Graffiti print🏋️♀️🏋️♀️🏋️♀️ #iamjustlift #apparel #summer #shirts #tanks
Time for some updates! As you've probably noticed we've been a little quiet on IG lately. No, it's not because we've run out of things to say. In fact, it's the opposite! The club's growing, and we're working hard to bring some fresh new ideas to our community! . . We'll be closed this coming Canada Day in order to continue translating this vision into reality, so stay tuned!
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Since it's #throwbackthursday we're feeling nostalgic. School's out in a month, so why not celebrate the progress of some of our youth? For one... look at the gains these two have made! These clips are two years apart. From training wheels to big girl plates, @weightliftinggill and @_m_a_i_r have literally earned every kilo added to the bar these last few seasons. Perhaps more importantly, however, they have been training partners for years now! . . There's something really special about that. It's our hope that everyone who trains here doesn't just build meanings and memories around their battles with the barbell. That they also find meaningful camaraderie among everyone who calls this space their club with pride. . . Most of us have at least a few fond memories of our youth, of happiness, friendship, and triumph. It's incredibly heartening to know that these two will have had a few of those on the platforms of this club!
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@gregjustlift here with some coaching wisdom for the day! Here's a highlight reel of some misses we've had in the last six months. That's right: lifters, of all experience levels, miss.⠀ 🔹🔹🔹⠀ A common barrier I think many newer lifters experience is the fear of looking foolish in front of their peers. But you've been here before... We were all young, tiny humans at one point. Many of my earliest memories include falling on my ass spectacularly whether it was from trying to learn to bike or avoiding the lava, jumping on couch cushions (don't lie, you did this too). ⠀ 🔹🔹🔹⠀ Here's a piece of advice: whenever you attempt to get better at something you have to risk feeling like you don't know what you're doing in front of others... Because... Well, you actually don't. Your peers and coaches know this! No one's holding it against you. No matter what the bar is going to humble you at some point, and there's a good chance others are gonna see it. This is where the reward comes from, however! The 100kg Snatch milestone would be meaningless if most people could do it easily. Besides... Do you hear any heckling in this clip? 😉 🔹🔹🔹⠀ Learning to get under a Snatch? Get ready to fall on your butt. Trying to qualify for an elite competition? You're probably going to have to make some gutsy attempts... Treat missing like you treated scrapes and cuts on the playground. Dust yourself off, and get back in the game!
Great training session with the Bantam AA lady 67s. Taking their training to the next level. Learning how to Just Lift. Great work ethic. Serious hard workers. @laurennmcculloughh @amyhollingsworthh @georgia.pascoee @reaganwhynot20 @mannygendron @meganhockey31 @kayleighbourgaize_ @carleighb_95_ @jiggy.s.schonfeld @nicolee.walsh
First week back to work for Coach @gregjustlift and the team did not disappoint! We've had some exceptional training this week. . . New JustLift coach, @stevesmudge, has been smashing Snatch records since starting with us. He put up a lifetime PR of 140kg in the Snatch... Twice! It's not the prettiest set, but how many people do you know who can Snatch 300+ freedom units? We're all pumped to see what this guy does next! . . @jhouse102 learned how to brace or something because he put up he'd never hit 180kg for a new beltless 1RM... And then a new 2 and 3RM. I've got a feeling that even bigger things are coming from this guy soon! . . @mark.m.a crushed a 10kg Front Squat record on Wednesday with 175kg! This is particularly nuts for him because it was less than six months ago that he'd been stuck in the 150s... Sometimes it just takes time for things to sync up and click, I guess, because Mark has been crushing it these last few months. Coaches @gregjustlift and @cierramm had spent last season brainstorming ways to shore up structural weaknesses, dysfunctional movement patterns, and avoiding the re-aggravation of prior injuries. Point blank, it sucked. However, Mark persevered for over a year, and it's paid off! . . Offseason development starts next week!
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What a great month! Special shoutouts to coach @cierramm for her PR back squat at 125kg, another to @mediocrelifter for snatching 104kg, and hitting a new best total. Also to @mark.m.a and @jhouse102 for some great training this month, that translated into snatch PRs for both of them!
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Sunday at nationals: The women, @julialiftsbig @oly.lifting.gal @_quinngyn, all were taxed with a difficult board, timing and uneasy warm up conditions, things that were all out of their control. Despite that, they all made Just Lift proud with their dedication to the process throughout the year. Julia, attempted aggressive weights, just like a champion should. This was a 6kg PR for the Canadian Senior Championships. She opened her both snatch and clean and jerk higher than her best attempts at the 2018 Canadian Senior Championships. She finished this year with a 196kg total. Nancy, was able to hit a Canadian Senior Championship PR total. It was, in her words, the best nationals of her life. She finished with a 172kg total, 12kg higher than her previous total at the 2015 Canadian Senior Championships. Quinlan went 4/6 and fought REALLY hard for a 94kg clean and jerk, and really had fun during the competition. She finished with a 6kg total PR from the 2018 Canadian Senior Championships. All these women showed us what it means to be strong, give it your best, and learn. Julia, and Nancy will be the first to tell you they are dissatisfied, but they didn't lose - they learned. They are JustLift. Coaches @gregjustlift and @cierramm are absolutely privileged in working with the outstanding Team Ontario @jflo_in_kilos @clancelaylor @varbanov_weightlifting
Day one of the 2019 Canadian Senior Championships have wrapped up! . . It was a big day for @thedavesavage2 and @cierramm! I'm beaming with pride over the both of them right now. Dave overcame many obstacles to be here, and lifted his heart out. Today has been years in the making for Dave. Remember what I was talking about yesterday about people putting themselves on the line for a vision? He did that today. But, today has also been years in the making for Cierra. . . This was her first Nationals as a coach, which means.... That's right! We've now got two Competition Development Certified coaches at the club! One is rare. Two? Unheard of. The #justlifttakeover continues! Congratulations are due her way as this is the highest level of certification one can obtain in Canada as a Weightlifting coach, and is especially difficult to complete. . . @erikost20 and @rich.davidson did us proud, too! Erik totaled 290 at last year's event. This year? 310. 😳. 20kg in a year, at his level, is crazy! This nabbed him the Bronze in a very competitive session. Rich? He just came ready to conquer today. He's now a 2x National Champion, coming from behind with an incredible Clean and Jerk of 195kg! He totaled 15kg higher than he did last year, smashing a third attempt in dramatic fashion that eluded him just a few weeks ago in Guatemala! . . We're not done yet, however! Tomorrow it's the women's turn to shine! #teamontario🔥 😡🔥
The 2019 edition of the Canadian Senior Championships kick off tomorrow! This one is going to see many of our athletes competing. Tomorrow @thedavesavage2, @erikost20, and @rich.davidson will be representing our Men. On Sunday @_quinngyn, @oly.lifting.gal, and @julialiftsbig will be representing our Women. This time of the year is always special for me. Some folks have the winter holidays, but me? I have Nationals. . . It's the time of year I get all sentimental about how hard everyone has worked, the suffering they've endured, the discipline they've enshrined, and the risk they're taking putting themselves out there. For many who'll be participating tomorrow the last year or more has been spent ferociously working to obtain the entry total needed to grant them access to this event. Imagine? Enduring countless hours of hard training all for a few minutes to prove your worth on the platform. . . I respect everyone who puts their hands on the bar. However, there's a special place in my heart for those who are willing to devote themselves to the neverending process of mastering themselves to lift at this level. A devotion to excellence; the character it both exposes and builds along the way is what I love about sport. Tomorrow isn't just a competition. . . It's a celebration of the heights people can reach when they put their Wills to the test, and force themselves to be more than they were the day before. To all of the athletes lifting tomorrow... Good luck/Bonne Chance! You're what make this sport an honor to be a part of!