Saturday, March 19, 2011

Powerlifting with Westside

So Jim Crowell and I are in Columbus, OH at Westside Barbell for the CF Powerlifting Cert.  This place is legit.  No signs, no advertising, just hard core athletes doing what they do best, LIFTING HEAVY SHIT! We've met world champions, world record holders, and crossfit champions.  We started off watching a typical dynamic day with Louis Simmons lifters, 12x2 box squats in very fast succession.  WINNING! Went over some lecture information, question, and demonstrations. All good stuff, but I was ready to put this info to work.  We did some work on the mono lift, it was interesting to see that all the time that I was going wide, wasn't wrong after all.  Then we went over the deadlift, but on bands, this makes for very explosive lifts and really gets you going.  Which led to the class setting PR's in the deadlift and if you know me, I love a good deadlift! I got in on the 405 rep, then 455 rep, and then the question was asked by Louis himself "What is your PR?" As I told he said throw on 555 but then questioned if I was really wanting to go up 100. I told him lefts roll and then pulled the triple nickel like it 135! It felt so awesome to dominate something.  After some more demo's and even doing banded power cleans, which is very difficult, we tried a power clean PR. One guy almost 300, I was happy to PR @ 250.  Day 1 was done so what better way to celebrate than with a drop in WOD at CF Core (112) in Lancaster, OH.
Great space, good wod, and very nice people. Jim actually even got to be a client for a change. We met the trainers Greg and Shelley, reviewed the wod (made some changes dues to equipment) and off we went!
4 Rds of 15 backsquats @135 (cleaned from the ground), 15 ring push ups, & down and back bear crawl, VESTED.  Jim just over 7, me just under 9, & everyone else finished strong!  Thanks for a great time CF Core, hope to see you again in the future.
The rest was an amazing time of learning new techniques, ways to increase my work capacity and met some cool new people.  Thanks WSBB for opening their doors to the CF world and thanks to Louis, AJ, Gene, Shayne, Chris, Laura, and everyone else for taking time out to share with us your knowledge.

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