Over the past couple of years, our USA Weightlifting Club “CFG Barbell” has grown by leaps and bounds. What started off as just a few folks going to local meets grew to us finding success at the local, National, and finally International stage! Last year in Germany, for instance, CFG Barbell athlete Shannon Whiteman took home the Gold Medal and has set quite a few records.
But the beginnings of any journey into this great sport, long before someone actually steps onto the competition platform, begins with learning the basics of how to move a barbell efficiently. In knowing this, we created a ‘beginners course’ last year to focus precisely on the building blocks.
This program is intended for anyone interested in learning more about Olympic Weightlifting, in particular the snatch and clean & jerk. This will be 12 hours of specialized, intimate coaching over the 6 weeks. There will be athlete specific programming based on deficiencies and areas that need to be improved upon.
I’m sure some of you that have been with us for a while are wondering – “Is a Level 1 course for me?” I would turn it around and ask yourself this: “Can I benefit from focusing on the fundamentals?” Even if you don’t desire to turn this into a competitive aspiration, there is no denying that anybody doing CrossFit, or any fitness program, can benefit from learning these lifts in a more structured and safe environment.
The focus here will be on building motor patterns through deliberate repetition. As I’m sure you’ve heard – “Practice makes permanent.” We want that ‘permanent’ to be sound, efficient, and safe technique. And we want to see you set some new PRs!
Here are some of the things that you can expect to be emphasized:
- Clean & Jerk
- Accessory Work
Our first class will be held on Tuesday evening, April 25th @ 8pm.
Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm. They will be 1 hour in length.
Cost for the 6-week course is $155 for members (This will include access to our Open Gym hours to complete your specific additional programming.)
The final class, Thursday June 1st, will be a mock weightlifting meet where we will test your 1RMs in a more formal setting!
Finally, this course will be limited to just 9 people and is available on a first-come, first-served (or signed up!) basis. Here is a link to secure your spot if you’re a member.
Questions? Ask a Coach next time you’re in…or better yet, ask one of the many athletes who participated last year!