How to Squat

2017 is 1 week in and I’m sure we are all smashing our new year fitness goals.

Here is a great little video that CrossFit HQ put out demonstrating proper squat technique. I know most of you feel completely comfortable under a bar, but it is always good to be reminded about form. For those of you who do not feel comfortable listen carefully and try to apply what you see.

 

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video via CrossFit YouTube

I’ll Be Even Better at 60

The mother of James Hobart started her CrossFit journey 4 years ago at the age of 52. Now, 56, she says she is the healthiest she has ever been.

One of the things that makes CrossFit so appealing to me is the a mindset that tells us it doesn’t matter what age you are, older or younger; it doesn’t matter how fit you are, overweight or an avid exerciser. CrossFit gives us a mindset that we can always improve. Yes we are competitive and always want to out work the other members, but at the end of the day we are all trying to improve.

Pay attention to what Lucie says about how food affects her workouts and overall health.

 

Video courtesy of CrossFit YouTube

What’s your excuse!!

Everyday I wake up I can come up with 30 excuses not to workout without even trying.  I see this and suddenly all of my excuses disappear.  What could be more motivating this guy giving it everything he has.  This guy is a former green beret and all around badass!!

Video via: Instagram

 

You are never too old to live!!

Its great to see “older” people taking control of their health.  Here is a woman who decided she was going to take that leap any when her family thought she couldn’t.  CrossFit does it again, helping people find strength and courage to live the life they want.

 

 

Video via:YouTube

2 1/2 Bodyweight Snatch!!!!

Check out this new world record from Wu Jingbiao (56) with a 139kg snatch.  China continues to show its dominance in the sport of weightlifting.  Pretty impressive to see a guy put up basically 2 1/2 bodyweight.  Things are gonna get real in in Rio in 2016.

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video via: hookgrip

SQUAT GOALS!!!!

Say hello to Lydia Valentin Perez of Spain.  She is in the practice hall for the WWC in Houston Tx.  Here she is 3 repping 150k, 160k, and 170k.  She is the reigning European Champion with PB’s 124kg/273lb snatch and 147kg/324lb clean & jerk!

She is pretty much a beast that is looking to capture the world championship and by the looks of it, has a pretty good shot at it.

Video via: HookGrip

Meet America’s 15 Year Old Weightlifting Phenom

If you haven’t hear the name C.J. Cummings yet, that is all about to change!

I wasn’t born the last time American men won a medal in Olympic weightlifting.  A sport that America had all but walked away from.

Thanks in large part to the growing popularity of CrossFit, Olympic lifting is beginning to gain some momentum with the younger generations.  Membership for the USA Weightlifting has more than doubled in the past 3 years.  Lifts like the clean and jerk and the snatch have been long forgotten is your average globe gym.  Lifts which require balance, full-body strength, and particularly powerful legs have been replaced with more muscle group specific lifts.

 

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But a 15-year-old boy in small-town South Carolina is raising hopes for an American weightlifting renaissance. His name is C.J. Cummings, and at the 2015 USA Weightlifting National Championships this month in Dallas, he set a national record. In a sport where athletes typically peak in their mid to late 20s, this teenager lifted more than any American grown-up in his weight class had ever achieved.

“In 37 years of coaching, I’ve never seen anything like this kid,” said Dennis Snethen, coach of the U.S. team at the Beijing Olympics and a former longtime top executive of USA Weightlifting. “He’s the Michael Jordan of weightlifting in America.”

But as a youth, Cummings is becoming a force on the international stage. At the junior worlds this June in Poland, Cummings competed as a 15-year-old against athletes as old as 20 and finished fourth in the clean and jerk and seventh overall. At the nationals this month, his clean and jerk of 175 kilograms (about 386 pounds) broke not only the American national senior record but also exceeded by two kilograms the international youth record in his weight class 69k. That record was unofficial, because it didn’t occur at an international meet. But even on an unofficial basis, it tops anything any American weightlifter has accomplished in decades.

In weight rooms across America, a cultural shift is taking place. For a long time, the weight room has been the province of power lifters, not Olympic-style lifters. For power lifters, the measure of an athlete is how much he can bench press—something not included in Olympic competitions.

It remains to be seen whether Cummings will be on the Olympic team. To make the cut, an athlete must be ranked high internationally in his weight class, and to get there the teenager must continue to execute eye-popping lifts, starting with a meet next month in Mexico.

His coach, Rayford Jones, won’t entertain any talk of Cummings ending America’s weightlifting medal drought in Rio. “This is a 15-year-old boy, and we’re going slow and steady,” Jones said. “But you give this boy four years beyond Rio, you talk about the Tokyo Olympics, well, now that’s a real opportunity.”

sourced from: WSJ