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Qualifying for the 2015 American Open

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I qualified for the 2015 American Open yesterday! This has been my goal, not just for this year, but since I started competing in weightlifting. I still cannot believe that I did it. I feel like I’m still in shock. Honestly, it could not have went any better. However, I should turn back the clock[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Game Day, Take 1

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I competed at the 2015 Rocky Mountain State Games Weightlifting meet on Saturday in hopes of qualifying for the American Open only to fall a little short. However, I will say that I am not that disappointed because, as I mentioned in my previous post, my last few weeks of training had been riddled with[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Competition Week

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This road to the 2015 American Open has not been an easy one. I’m sure you could tell from the lack of posts in the last few months. I cannot believe I’ve been so far behind on my training log! My apologies…it’s been a crazy last 10 weeks or so since my last training log[…]

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Power, Power, and Power

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Power is, well, a powerful word. Can I say that? Anyway, one of my coworkers brought up a good point about the fact that “power” is used throughout the semantics of weightlifting. I have never really thought about this before; I guess because I understand these semantics from being a part of the sport. Just[…]

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Elbows Up! Is this Necessary?

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For many years I’ve seen coaches constantly screaming cues for their athletes to keep their elbows up in lifts like the front squat, press, and jerk. I’m here to tell you to stop it before you make the same mistake. What if that athlete has certain restrictions that don’t allow him/her to get into the[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Week 5 and Week 6, Day 1, 2, and 3

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Wow! I didn’t realize it would be so hard to post once I started up training in the evenings with the Front Range club. This is going to be a bigger post, so don’t go away too soon. My first week-and-a-half has been awesome! It was definitely a good decision because I’ve been hitting all[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Week 4, Days 3 & 4

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I spoke with my new coach, Paul, on Thursday and he decided to start my program tomorrow, so I went off the cuff for the last two training days of week 4. My BioForce HRV was on the fritz so I missed one of the days. One thing Paul has already noticed is that my[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Week 2, Day 4

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This road I’m taking to the 2015 American Open is not an easy one, but I think I’m headed in the right direction. Yesterday was a great day of training. Things seem to be coming together! I clean and jerked 110kg for two singles, which is the most I’ve successfully lifted in over a year.[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Week 2, Day 2&3

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I may start posting two training days at a time like this to save some time. Plus, it probably saves all of you time as well to read two days in one post. You’re welcome 🙂 My phone is back to working, so I have some HRV scores for you. I am also tracking bar[…]

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Road to the American Open: Week 2, Day 1

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Last week took more out of me than I thought, so today wasn’t a great day. I just got my phone this afternoon, so I didn’t get HRV scores this morning, but I will start them back up tomorrow. I’m also using an app called Sleep Cycle Alarm, which I will start posting scores for[…]