My proudest moment in weightlifting thus far: 95x (oops), 96, then a 9 kilo jump to this 105kg/231lbs all time competition PR. I have been chasing this lift for such a long time and I earned it every day the last 8 weeks in my garage 1 platform gym by myself. @burnscolin said we could make a big jump and I knew I could make 105. I earned that confidence every day in practice. 2 months ago I was barely able to move the bar to do drills and mentally crushed. When literally everything had fallen apart, I had to make the decision every day to be a weightlifter after wanting to give up and quit so bad… to give 110% fight every workout. I did not miss 1 jerk in training the entire cycle. My nerves usually come from fear of failure, and taking a quiet moment before the meet I thought to myself “there is no way to fail here, I am doing what I love.” I walked on to the stage a completely different lifter and I can’t thank both Colin and Cortney enough for their help - as coaches, mentors and friends. PS - @im53batch is losing her friggin’ mind at the end of this and I love it. We all fail, life knocks us all on our ass sometimes... and without the moments of heartache we couldn't appreciate what it is like to feel joy. Thank you all so so much from the bottom of my heart for your support during this turnaround. And thank you to the reddit haters too, i'd be lying if I didn't admit I used the hate spewed at me when I was down to my benefit. Pretty cool to have now qualified and competed at the National level in 3 different bodyweight categories.
Goodbye split jerk, goodbye California, goodbye 2017. PSYCHED for the Arnold, and what is to come.
✨84/105 for 189kg total at 66kg BW @universalusa @roninweightlifting @barbellsandbowssquad
🏋️♀️Bar Body Contact Drill🏋️♀️
Know someone who is struggling to make contact in their Snatch & Clean? In the snatch- This is a great drill to learn & get comfortable making contact at the hip. You can do the SAME drill for the clean, it’s just normally going to be a lower contact point. Either way, use this as a warm up or even between your sets to make it a habit!
Tag someone to help them with their contact point!
So yesterday's workout was pretty gross because my blood sugars were spiking, but here's a 215lb clean before everything went downhill. (If you dgaf about diabetes skip the rest 😂)
Usually in this situation a few units of insulin would fix the glucose spike, but yesterday was not one of those days. Too much sitting around and studying. The bad workouts just make me appreciate the good ones anyways though and if I did this again I'd probably just do more cardio beforehand. Learning experiences all the time.
Also wondering if any other diabetic lifters have experience using Fiasp, let me know if you feel like sharing!
Day 3 of my cut & I already want pizza 🙄
Saying that made me think of how most people quit at 40% - & today was rough, my body is still recovering from my push/pull where I about gave everything in the tank on just bench and deadlift, & right now I’ve got a million & one things/emotions running through my head...so pushing through a rugged crossfit workout and sticking to my diet wasn’t the easiest. I’m setting some new goals since hitting a 400lb deadlift and a big all time low weigh in this year & I decided to start randomly 3 days ago 💁🏽 because it’s crazy to think, you don’t have to wait until January 1st to start working towards a goal 🤯 start when you’re ready, not when you think you have to.
Although I’ve been through some shit lately, this whole year really, I’ve refocused and plan to just face head on what kicked my ass & use it in my favor. When you’re consistent & persistent, you wear life and your own demons down. If you fuck up (which - spoiler alert: you will), just focus on the solution, not the problem & move forward.
|| First Time on A National Stage: The Perfect Storm ||
1. The platform broke, leading to a delay in the start, 2. Missed my opening snatch attempt, 3. Timed out on my opening C&J attempt, 4. Almost timed out on my second C&J attempt, ran on stage with about 15 seconds left, 5. Finished 3/6.
These are all the things I could either use as an excuse or dwell on as to reason why I didn’t qualify for Nationals at AO.
But I choose not to, instead I focus on the following.
1. I was granted the opportunity to even step on that stage at such a high level national event, 2. I set a competition PR in snatch at 124, 3. I WENT FOR IT! I made an 11kg jump to 165; 7kg over my best C&J, 5kg over my best Clean, and tied by PR Jerk from blocks. And I got it overhead, I missed the lift but in my heart I crushed it! 4. I learned so much in such a short time about this sport. 5. I was surrounded by love and support from all those I care about most.
I choose to focus on these 5 things rather than the other 5 because positivity leads to growth and anything that isn’t growing, is dead! Life isn’t about the things that happen to you it’s about how you react to those things and what your next step is.
I will be back and I will compete at a higher level with an even better success story at the end of it all. And don’t worry Nationals, I still plan to see you in May. •
Big thanks to @wclifting @jennycrossfitwc @rileybrown__ and the rest of my team, my friends, family, and my amazing wife.
They say to find friends who make you laugh, but instead I got stuck...I mean blessed... with friends who laugh at me.
In all seriousness, this past week has been incredible. I got to watch amazing weightlifting, including out of this beautiful one. But if I'm being honest, watching everyone compete this weekend has sparked a fire in me. I am more excited to grow in this sport than I think that I can put in to words. American Open 2018, I'm coming for ya.
Teammates: a fellow member of a team. To me they are way more. They help you on your off days and congratulate you on your good days. A few days ago @noblehumblebee said “why can’t you just get under the bar faster during your snatch”. I said “you would be a genius if you could figure that out” later that day the snatch clicked in and I was able to get under it. 70kg in training hasn’t happened since the shoulder injury. It’s pretty awesome to see the reds going up in my home gym. @greg_erek thanks for the awesome videos. @the_barbell_operator @eat_live_lift you guys are awesome!! Let’s see what January brings #roadto200total#ao3#olympiclifting @york_barbell_official
Today’s Clean & Jerks from today’s max out.
Sadly wasn’t no PB’s but happy to make 97% after a slightly naughty weekend.
@bearstrengthclothing - JOSHBS17
Treated by @hhosteopathy
124 / 132 / 140 / 148 / 155KG
I may have had a terrible week training last week but my clients certainly did not! 🙌
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1. @xclaudiarodriguez has competed in bodybuilding comps but has come to me to give some oly lifting a go and is already hang snatching 25kg in her second session!
2. @melly.robinson taking her deadlift PB from 107.5kg to 115kg!
3. @alex_londonuk also smashing his previous deadlift PB by a whopping 10kgs! 3 plates was a big goal of his prior to Christmas and he only went and smashed it 3weeks early.
4. From nowhere near parallel to a full ass to grass squat - Matt had all the mobility issues you typically see in runners. He’s made crazy progress over the past 5months and can now run pain-free.
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Amazing progress made from all my clients - I could not be a prouder trainer!
C O M P E T I T I O N R O U N D U P
LOVE this reflection and picture from Ele @elethompson who competed at the American Open finals yesterday in Anaheim.
We had a blast watching you and we are so proud of your accomplishments in the sport - this is only your first year whaaaattt??? - and can’t wait to see you in 2018.
Name it and claim it!
#Repost @elethompson (@get_repost)
So today didn't go as planned... clarification: I never expected to podium lol but I also wasn't expecting to bomb out in the C+J... Still grateful for the experience of being at the #AOFinals i learned some things and I'm pissed off and ready to come back stronger next year 💪 thanks to @coach.toph for coaching me and @crippledlifter for helping me in the warm-ups and my teammates @zsvoigt and @weightlifting_bro for helping with loading and goofy stretching 😀 we'll see what happens next year but not too shabby for my first year of #weightlifting right? #longbeachweightlifting#bpmbuff#lumbaryard#biggirlbarbell