Reflecting on the RVA Open and Why I Compete at Weightlifting

Reflecting on the RVA Open and Why I Compete at Weightlifting

By Erin Potter I was fortunate enough to compete at the RVA Open Sanctioned Meet a few weeks ago, along with some fellow gymmates. First,I feel I need to state what a great event it was — well run, full of friendly folks, organized, close to home. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to compete. I recently read this article, and it really resonated with me. It includes a list of reasons why you should compete in weightlifting. After finishing the RVA Open (my fourth meet) and feeling a little underwhelmed at my lift results, I took a look back through the article, pulled out my notebooks that track my workouts and PRs, tallied my meet scores, and checked myself. It became clear that I actually hit different goals than I was expecting when I signed up. Why do I compete in Olympic weightlifting? It certainly isn’t because I’m lifting the best numbers around. I’m not at all, but there is something about it that keeps me coming back and motivates me. So, in rereading the article I mentioned, I found some clarity and reassurance. Competing gives me something to train and prepare for. I need motivation or I’ll get lost in the slow increments of upping PRs. In looking back at meets, my total (snatch + clean and jerk) has gone up by 4 kilos in 8 months. While my PRs in the gym are a little better than that, it just didn’t feel that great when I did the math. So, I didn’t meet my lift goals, but realized that I totally hit my body weight...
Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

By Megan Parker Hey y’all! If you’ve seen me in the gym, there is a good chance you have no idea what I am training for. To be honest, if you ask, I’ll give you a pretty long list spanning a lot of things. In the past year, I’ve trained for and completed a CrossFit partner competition, a Strongma’am competition, two 12-hour endurance events, two half marathons, and an Olympic weightlifting competition. You may be wondering why I can’t seem to make a decision on what exactly I want to do, and while training, ADHD might have a little something to do with it. The truth is, I don’t ever want to get comfortable again. I’ve written a post before on finding CrossFit Full Circle at a low point in my life – overweight, in an unhealthy relationship and emotionally stunting job, and having no idea what I wanted. I was very comfortable being comfortable, and that had gotten me in a hole. The first thing I did was sign up and keep showing up to Full Circle for the intro program. I saw a lot of changes physically and emotionally. I lost about 45 pounds and started making significant decisions outside of the gym. I left the unhealthy relationship, I transferred jobs, and I started making gym goals. I met with Matt about specific gym issues that made me uncomfortable, which at the time were the Olympic lifts during a WOD. Being an awesome coach, he pushed me to sign up for a competition. I got really uncomfortable really quickly. I came out stronger both physically and emotionally, and that’s where the crazy...
12-12-2015

12-12-2015

Level I & Level II 2015 Full Circle Open (Unsanctioned) Weightlifting Meet The gym is closed for WODs but come watch the inaugural meet! Doors open at 8:30am. Athletes weigh in until 9:30am. Rules meeting is at 9:30am sharp. First lifter hits the platform at...
7-25-2015

7-25-2015

Level I & Level II “Olympic Weightlifting Meet” Snatch 1 1 1 Clean & Jerk 1 1 1 For Max Total All Level athletes compare to...
CrossFit Full Circle in Competition!

CrossFit Full Circle in Competition!

This past weekend, some CrossFit Full Circle members competed in an Olympic weightlifting competition, and Coach Jason competed in a Strongman Competition. Here are the recaps: Coach Jason – Strongman (Strongma’am) Coach Jason competed in the 200lb open division at the Rumble in Rehoboth Beach Strongman Competition, a NAS Level 1 show in Delaware. Check out some photos of each of the five events below, and his full competition video here! Megan Parker and Erin Ehrlich – Olympic Weightlifting Megan Parker and Erin Ehrlich, members of Full Circle’s Barbell Strength and Power, competed at the RVA Open, an Olympic Weightlifting competition.  Olympic Weightlifting meets only have 2 lifts – the Snatch, and the Clean & Jerk. Both Megan and Erin hit PR’s (Megan cleanly hit a 70kg C&J, and Erin unofficially hit a 50kg Snatch – it didn’t count in the competition due to a press out at the top). Megan competed just a couple of months ago in her first weightlifting competition (you can read more about that here), but this one was different. She says, “Mentally, I felt so much stronger and more prepared to do compete this time. Physically, I felt like I still had some work to do, but I’m really excited to keep up the barbell programming that’ll help me add at least 25kg to next year’s overall total!” Megan also placed third in her weight class!   Come see why Full Circle coaches can help you get ready for competition with a FREE...