Author: Joshua Baldovino
Reason #1: Shake things up
How many times have you performed a snatch and clean and jerk in your gym -with the same barbell, same floor, same shoes, with the same coach watching you? Every competitive athlete and coach will tell you that to maximize your athletic potential you have to put yourself in as many different training/competitive environments as possible. I know first hand from experience that doing a 1RM lift in a CrossFit competition is completely different than three attempts at the Snatch and Clean and Jerk in a weightlifting meet. It may be different and harder, but the things you learn about yourself and your training will only make you that much better of an athlete moving forward.
Reason #2: You’re scared or shy
Everyone is! You feel scared, nervous, or shy because you care. That’s a good thing. However, the reality is that you care the most out of everyone there. The athletes before or after you are too concerned about their own performance to notice how you did. And for your coach, he/she will be more proud of you because you competed - period. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to step onto the platform. Majority of people will never take that step and try. How’s that for a story of self-victory and achievement.
Reason #3: You might just PR
Have you been stuck in your training lately? Feeling unmotivated? Or just haven’t been making progress? Having a goal to train for might just be the push you need to hone in your training, work on your weaknesses, and make some serious gainz. Not to mention, the adrenaline you get from being the platform will make athletes do miraculous things. Many athletes and coaches alike are big advocates for signing up to test your fitness. Just that simple act creates a fire to take your training and progress to the next level. It will give you purpose to break through your training plateau.
Bonus. Reason #4: You’re a (CrossFit) coach
As a CrossFit coach, you have the burden of continually seeking knowledge in all things fitness related. You have to understand the basics of mobility, recovery, endurance, strength, weightlifting, gymnastics, strongman, and so much more. Additionally, you have to be relatable and have experiences that enhance your coaching and athlete mentorship. If you’re a coach and you’ve never done a weightlifting meet before, then you need to ASAP. Putting yourself out there is not only a way to increase the likelihood your athletes compete, but it also increases your effectiveness as a coach. You would have added another notch on your belt of experience and knowledge that’ll make you a better coach.
However, please note I’m not saying one meet will make you a super stellar pro coach. But it will begin to shape and make you more well-rounded. An aspect of coaching that is extremely valuable to your clients.
I hope that I’ve convinced you on why you should sign up for a Weightlifting meet. If you’d like to come play with us we are offering two weightlifting related events on Oahu.
Our friends Rob Blackwell and Nicole Lim from Cal Strength are visiting the islands again and are hooking the Shakas Ohana up with an awesome 4-hour seminar covering tips and tricks of both the snatch and clean and jerk.
Where: CrossFit HTF
When: October 15, 2017
It's time for Shakas and Snatches 4th Annual Weight Lifting Competition. This year we're partnering CrossFit West Oahu to make this meet the best yet. You know the drill. This meet is a fun and friendly twist to traditional Olympic weightlifting competitions
Where: CrossFit West Oahu
When: November 4, 2017
Coffee addict. Fitness aficionado. Advocate for all things fun. Joshua Baldovino is the Founder and Co-Owner of Shakas and Snatches. Joshua is passionate about fitness, business, but not as much as he is addicted to ice cream. You can find him on Instagram: @shakajosh_ss.