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How I Almost Missed The Signs : My First Competition

I’ve always thought I was strong in a gym setting. Lifting with friends shooting for PRs.

I recently wanted to test myself, so I did my first weightlifting meet.

My goal was just to do well, considering I had no real expectations or understand how a meet was even ran.

I went 6/6

Snatching 122/268
Clean & Jerk 152/335.

I had the heaviest clean and jerk and heaviest snatch. Winning the overall as well.

My coach and I looked up the current national records for my division the snatch was 120.

It feels great to say I “unoffically” broke a national record by hitting that 122.

And a total that would place me 2nd in the nation!


 

Power Jerk: Perfecting The Dip & Drive

It wouldn’t be over indulging to say I enjoy lifting.

In fact, outside of spending time with my wife and beautiful daughter, I cant think of a simpler activity that brings me more joy.

A few months back I attended a weightlifting seminar in Columbus, OH.

When it was over, the instructor approached m giving me merit on my mechanics and movements. After a brief conversational bout lifting he ask me who coaches me.

It was an eye opening moment in my career.

I’ve always just lifted with friends, attended seminars, but never had someone work on individual development for my Olympic lifting.

Now this instructor was 6ft 6inch easy, and I’m 5ft 7inch on a good day.

Making it easy to remember him towering over me, head tilted to the side and a blank stare saying “But why? Everyone who wants to get better at any sport needs a coach.”

I knew I wanted to start competing, but knew I’d need to reach out to those with vastly more experience than I have.

After asking around to other coaches in the area, I kept hearing the same recommendations Joe Hamblen.

We’ve been working now for around 6-7 weeks, and while the weight we’re using is light.

My lifts have improved more in that time than when I started!