“If you care at all about your LIFTS, you’ll sign up and be there on Saturday!” was the constant refrain heard by all the athletes at CF Abbellire over the last handful of weeks from head coach Ashley Bannan.
“Trust me, you will see incredible VALUE if you carve out 3 hours on April 1 to work on your technique!” was another one. And now, I would venture to say that all who attended the full class from this afternoon’s Weightlifting Seminar, the first one of its kind at CrossFit Abbellire, would agree that it was well worth the time and cost spent.
One might ask, “well if I’m coached regularly through my lifts during the CrossFit classes, isn’t that enough?” - Well, the answer to that question depends a bit on the person & their goals…
What are your goals?
If your goal is to get a great workout 3-6 days a week, get a little stronger in the process, live a longer and healthier life, and feel good about laying out on the beach this summer, there is a good chance that the CF classes will be a perfect fit (and you already know this)...
If your goal is to lift heavier, maybe get to RX WODs more consistently (or for the first time), be more prepared for the 2018 FC Open to get to or through the next round when an OLY (olympic) lift is involved, then Barbell Club would be a fantastic fit for you!!!
Today was special for me personally, as a coach to both not be coaching or participating but instead to be an observer of both coaches and participants and their interactions. To hear another very seasoned coach in action and to learn from the cues he was giving as I watched the athletes practice the techniques that were being shared with them.
My Favorite Part…
Besides the combinations of witnessing technique getting practised and corrected and the excitement that goes along with that, my favorite part of the day was a brief conversation that happened with a small handful of the fellas and Riley, the 16 year old coach (also one of Ryan’s current lifting students). The guys, some of whom had lifted off and on in more of a powerlifting environment for years, asked Riley, “how long have you been lifting?” she answered, “1 Year” . . . The guys were blown away!!! I followed up her answer (and their astonishment) with another few questions…
Jeff - “How frequently do you lift?”
Riley - “4 days a week”
Jeff - “Every week”
Riley - “Yes”
Jeff - “on average, about how many lifts per day are you doing/working on?”
Riley - “20-30” (paraphrased)
Jeff - “so, give or take 100 reps of a combination of these lifts per week”
Riley - “yes”
Riley has come a long way and become very good in one year!
It’s going to be cool to see someone who works as constantly as Riley in another year from now!
That someone could be you!!
Riley also does CrossFit, but sees the value in not just the “Constantly Varied” part of CrossFit, but also sees the value in PRACTICING REGULARLY with the more challenging, technical lifts.
This is one of the main reasons we are starting a Barbell Club within the walls of Abbellire!!
Just think...Imagine the difference just one day of focused work made! And if you weren’t at the Lifting Seminar, ask someone who was, they’ll be excited to share with you!
Now think, if this happened every week for 3, 6 or 12 months… It’s gonna be real good. I can’t wait to see where those of you are who take take the challenge!
“Don’t ever miss an opportunity to work on your Snatch or Overhead Squat!” - Coach Ryan, WC Weightlifting