We were fortunate enough to send a team of 4 to University Nationals this year. For Jackie, Nate, and Adam this was their first national meet. They gave me a couple hard attacks with some of their attempts but all in all a great job. Heather placed 3rd overall in the 48 Kg weight class and made some new meet personal records. I could not be more proud of my lifters. They trained extremely hard for this meet and it shows. We got to meet some amazing lifters and coaches and exposure to what higher level Weightlifting is like.
We had a great time at the Grand Canyon Winter Open. We went in to get some qualifiying totals for University Nationals in April and we did. Jackie and Adam both totalled at their first weightlifting meet. So far we have Jackie, Rufe, Adam, Heather and Julie qualified for University Nationals and we have another meet on February 23rd to get a couple more lifters qualified.
For the past few months we have had a 515pm Mon/Wed/Fri class that focuses on training strength movements (squat, deadlift, press, bench) and it has become very popular. The original name of the class was strength and power. We have changed it to Barbell Club. Lots of the lifters in it have become more then members but also friends. We have become a community of lifters that strive to better themselves and get stronger. We have big plans for them outside of the squat rack.
We decided we are going to open classes up to 5 days a week at 515pm. I wanted to give our members more options and a more diverse skill set.
What are we going to do with those 2 extra days? Those days will focus on mobility, Olympic lifts, and short and hard conditioning. These days will be a great compliment to the 3 days of hard and heavy training.
We encourage those of you that can to add at least one of these additional days to your current program. Ask Chris or Danny about upgrading to unlimited training.
Our Official USAW Club Banner is up and it looks awesome. A lot has happened in the month of January. We remodeled the gym and rearranged a few things. I will try to get some new pictures up of the updated facility. 6 of our lifters will be competing at the Grand Canyon State Winter Games. They will be trying to obtain a University Nationals Qualifying Total. I have great faith this meet will go well as they have been training very hard for it. Lastly we have added a 515 Monday - Friday Barbell strength class that focuses on the main strength movements.
A lot has happen The American Masters Open went and passed and our Carol Adams went and competed in it and Placed first in the Women’s 60 – 65 year old age division competing at 63kg. She went 6 for 6 with a 28kg/36kg 64kg Total. We could not be more proud.
This coming weekend is the American Open in Palms Springs and Heather Zahner will be competing in the 48kg Class on Saturday. Wish her luck she has been training really hard for it and we hope to see her do well coming back from her 4 year hiatus from the sport.
Heather made a little mash-up video of our training sessions. It is a nice mix of good lifts and some silliness.
We had a little mock meet a couple weeks back to prepare for the Honey Badger Invitational. I put together a little video with the best lifts of each person.
Sorry for the lack of updates. We have been training hard since the East Valley Open. We have slowed down a big on going big a lot and focusing on more technique working on consistency. After the Honey Badger Invitational on Oct 27th a bunch of my lifters will take a nice slow week off. They have been going hard since the beginning of the year. We will treat the next 12 weeks as a off season and focus on weakness and drop the volume down a bit. Certain lifters will either be doing a strength cycle or a tech cycle depending where they are at. We will see how many of us will make it to the American Open and after that start planning our training out for University Nationals and Nationals next year.
Olympic Weightlifting meet at Evolution Fitness. This will be more then likely the last qualifying meet for the American Open in AZ. Come get you totals in. If you are not going to the American Open come and get some experience on the platform.
TENATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Session I: Women 48, 53, 58, 63, 69, 75, 75+
| Weigh In 11-12pm| |Lift 1pm|
Session II: Men 56, 62, 69, 77 85, 94, 105, 105+
TECHNICAL CLINIC: Prior to the start of the day’s competition all technical questions and general rules will be conducted. * Anyone who does not attend the Technical Conference agrees to accept all decisions made at said Conference.
RULES: The weightlifting division will be sanctioned by USA Weightlifting. ALL participants are required to produce government documents (i.e. birth certificate, drivers license) and/or picture ID. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE CURRENT USAW MEMBERS TO COMPETE.
**If you are not currently a USAW member use the link below to do so.
If there are any questions please email meet director, Chris Falkner, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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