Shout out to my new Cali Friends =)

8 Aug

Hi friends! It feels like it’s been forever, busy few days.  So last Saturday some fellow coaches/friends of mine went to an Olympic Lifting Seminar with the California Strength Team’s head Coach Dave Spitz, along with athlete Scott (sorry Scott, I don’t remember your last name). First off, just wanted to thank both of them so much for everything, it was quite the day! Little fun fact about California too-the state flower is called a California Poppy or Golden Poppy.

What else would I look up in regards to California then their state flower? =) What a beauty!

Ok, so Saturday might go down in the books as one of my favorite days in life EVER! I know that might seem like an exaggeration, but to those of you that really know me, know that it’s not that far off =)  I have a true love and passion for Olympic lifting! I want to do it all the time, I want to be awesome at it, I want to throw around heavy weights! This was not always the case. Prior to starting Crossfit, I had done everything you can think of as far as weight training goes minus Olympic lifting. At first I think all of the barbell work was something that made me hesitate to start CF-now it is hands down my favorite part of it! My pretty, soft, smooth hands are proof 😉 Moral of that story-try everything once! I get a lot of people that come in, especially women, and are afraid or don’t think they will like Olympic lifting and I would say 9/10 they fall in love like I did! So don’t knock it until you try it-it is one of the most inspiring and empowering things I’ve ever done.

Back on track, I thought Dave put on this seminar perfectly.  We spent almost an hour warming up, dynamically, then he showed us some mobility exercise, glute activation band work and myofascial release with a foam roller.  Then the fun stuff =) He would start off by talking us through a step, then Scott would demo it a few times, then we would grab a barbell and do it ourselves. We repeated that again and again-then got HEAVY!! Lots of great work from all of the athletes, a lot of PR’s =) My Snatch wasn’t looking/feeling to great, but I did PR my clean @ 170! I was pretty excited about that! (got 175 up to about a ¼ squat and couldn’t stand all the way up! Waah waah-next time!) All around though a very inspiring day to see everyone working so hard and PRing all over the place (for those of you unfamiliar with Crossfit-PR = personal record or best weight/time you have ever done in life=) )

If you ever have the opportunity to go to one of their seminars or train with them I HIGHLY recommend it!! To anyone and everyone that is looking to better themselves in the Snatch and Clean and Jerk. I can’t wait to train with them again in the future! Thanks again Dave and Scott for an amazing day.

“Everyone has a ‘risk muscle.’ You keep it in shape by trying new things. If you don’t, it atrophies. Make a point of using it at least once a day.” – Roger Von Oech

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