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5 Lessons Learned from My First Lifting Meet

by Jennifer Hudy on October 20, 2014

in CrossFit

I have been doing Crossfit for under two years and have competed in a handful of competitions, including a couple of individual competitions (here and here), two partner competitions (here and here), and one team competition. But none of those day-long competitions full of multiple WODs could compare to the simplicity and mental exhaustion that came with the Michigan Barbell Classic, a one day competition hosted by Lex Artis (an amazing and super organized competition company) focused on only five total lifts: Snatch, Clean and Jerk, Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift. The weight lifted was adjusted based on your bodyweight to give a fair ranking. I weighed in at 136.6#.

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Rather than give a typical recap of each lift and how it went, I thought I would share five lessons learned during my first lifting meet, as presented by the outcome of each lift. For each Oly lift, we had 5:00 to attempt as many lifts as you wanted, and 4:00 for each powerlift. My initial strategy (courtesy of one of my Oly coaches) was to complete three total lifts for each, opening with something I was confident I could hit, resting for 90s and attempting my current max if I was feeling good, then letting the clock countdown and beating my PR if I could with less than a minute remaining.

For the record, I always use a “girl bar” which technically is 15 kilograms, or 33# but as far as my logbooks go, I consider these lifts rounded to the nearest 5# (so my current PRs are technically 2# less than what it stated). But for the purpose of this competition, actual weights were recorded.

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