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Up and coming Junior 75+ kilo Lifter Becky Walker Snatching an easy 68 kilo Snatch on her third attempt in her Second Competition. She is showing great promise with each and every training session and competition that she enters. She went on to Clean and Jerk 80, 85, & 90 kilos. This was the Second Time finishing 6 for 6 in her early Competition depute.
Coach Joe Micela has been asked to commentate during the 2015 Junior National Weightlifting Championships in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Coach Joe will be apart of the 69 kilo Men’s A Session on Friday Night at 6:30 PM Oklahoma Time (4:30 PM Arizona Time).
Tune in and tweet your questions and comments during the session to Coach Joe at his Twitter Account @performanceone_one
Athlete Recognition: Jenny Clouse
Coach Joe first met Jenny in his Mesa Community College Weightlifting Class. Jenny comes from a Crossfit background and wanted to improve her technique with her Olympic Weightlifting. She was refereed to the class by several of her friends and colleagues at Crossfit Preferred. Many of the Valleys Crossfit Instructors have taken Coach Micela’s Class at MCC and/or have come to his Gym in Mesa.
Jenny excelled in Coach Micela’s Class and has since joined him at the Performance One facility for a more individualized programing. She has since competed several times on the local level and this April will compete at her first National Competition in the Sport of Weightlifting. Jenny brings a positive attitude and great enthusiasm to the gym each and every workout. Her lifting numbers have moved up and up and she currently stands as one of the top five women in her age and weight class in the country. Congratulations Jenny keep up all the hard work!T
In this picture is USPF Legendary Powerlifter Jerry Irvine. Jerry still holds the 40-44 year age division Dead Lift Record with 771 lbs. His name is on the American Record Board along side Fred “Dr. Squat” Hatfield.
Also in this picture is a young Olympic Weightlifter and recent Lindenwood University Student-Athlete Blake Edwards. Coach Joe and Jerry used to have many conversations about Strength Training and discussed the similarities and differences between the sport of Weightlifting and Powerlifting.
Unfortunately, Jerry passed away several years ago after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. His memory and spirit will always live on at the Performance One Gym.
Back in 2008 Coach Micela received the Developmental Coach of the Year Award for Weightlifting. This award is given to the Coach that has demonstrated the ability to recruit, develop, and succeed at both the National and International level. That year he developed two athletes to the Junior World Weightlifting Championships and one of them finished won a silver medal, the highest of any team member that year. Over the years Coach Micela has risen as one of most successful Weightlifting Coaches in America. He went on to be the Head Coach of the Pan American, World, and Olympic Weightlifting Women’s Teams. Congrats Coach Joe!
Coach Micela set a goal of having an athlete medaling at every National Meet that we entered. We also wanted to enter an athlete at ever National Meet regardless of age division. We are one of few programs in the country that has had an Athlete Medal at every major meet that USA Weightlifting holds in American. We also had an athlete medal in an International Competition as well have had an athlete break multiple records this past year.
We are very happy to announce that as at this past weekends American Open Weightlifting Championships Performance One and Coach Micela accomplished that goal. We wanted to say thank you to all of the athletes that worked hard to make this happen. We are extremely proud that all of the athletes where coached by Joe Micela and have bought into his system of training.
We are looking for bigger and better events in 2015. More medals, more records, and more international teams. With more training, sacrifice, and commitment we will reach our next goal.
American Open Weightlifting Championships
Samantha Wright 53 kilos 2nd Snatch, 3rd Overall
Missy Faubus 75+ 2nd in the Snatch
Junior National Weightlifting Championships
Jake Mapes 94 kilos 3rd in the Snatch, 2nd in the Clean & Jerk, and 3rd Overall
Cody King 105+ 3rd in the Snatch, 1st in the Clean & Jerk, and 2nd Overall
April 2014 Master’s National Weightlifting Championships David Meltzer 105 kilo Gold Medal
Youth Pan American Weightlifting Championships
Kaija Bramwell 53 kilos 2nd in Snatch, 3rd in Clean & Jerk, 2nd Overall (Three American Records)
Master’s Pan American Weightlifting
David Meltzer Gold Medal Overall
Joel Barnett Bronze Medal Overall
Youth National Championships
Kyle Price 48 kilo 13 & Under Class 2nd in Snatch, C&J, and Total
Kaija Bramwell 53 kilo 16-17 class, 1st in Snatch, 2nd in C&J, 1st Overall
Senior National Weightlifting Championships
Dillon Casillas 62 kilo Class 3rd in the Snatch, 3rd Overall
Missy Faubus 75+ 3rd in the Snatch
Master’s World Weightlifting Championships
David Meltzer Bronze Medal Overall
University National Weightlifting Championships
Dillon Casillas 62 kilo Class 2nd in Snatch, 3rd Overall
Missy Faubus 75+ 2nd in Snatch, 3rd in C&J, 2nd Overall
Cody King 105+ 1st in Snatch, 2nd in the C&J, 1st Overall
Master’s American Open Weightlifting
David Meltzer Gold Medal Overall
American Open Weightlifting Championships
Cody King 105+ Bronze Medal in the Snatch
Mesa Community College offers the only Olympic Weightlifting Class out of all the Maricopa Community Colleges. The class is taught by 2012 Olympic Team Coach Joe Micela. Students will learn the basic technical fundamentals of the Snatch and Clean & Jerk. The students will develop the knowledge base in order to teach the movements to their piers and future athletes. They will learn these concepts both an Athlete and Coach. The Class will begin on February 2nd and run through May 15th, 2015. The Weightlifting Class specializing in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. This class is fairly physical and strongly suggests each student posses an intermediate fitness level but does not require the student to know Olympic Weightlifting in advance.
Class enrollment is limited to 15 students please sign up early to save your spot in the class. Coach Micela has been teaching this class going on eight years and is looking forward to this upcoming Spring Semester.
The start of the 2014 American Open championships started off with some highs and lows. In the 53 kilo weight class we had two lifters. Last year’s bronze medalist Samantha Wright and this years Youth National Champion and Youth American Record Holder Kaija Bramwell. First up was Sam with an opener of 67 kilos in the Snatch. She made it easy. Next up was Kaija with 68 kilos one kilo more than her American Record of 67 kilos. She made it very easily. On her second attempt with 69 kilos Sam rushed the lift and missed it. We decided to bump her to 70 kilos to give her a little more time and move up on the board. She had a tremendous pull on the third attempt but put a little too much on it and missed it behind. She was credited with 67 kilos on her opener. We called for 71 for the Second attempt of Kaija Bramwell. She had a great pull on the bar however while it was overhead she tucked her butt underneath her and lost her balance and had to drop the bar. We knew that it was a minor technical skew so we decide to go for 73 kilos on her third attempt. She had a powerful pull and over pulled the lift just by a hair. She has made this weight in training and will make it in the competition soon. She was credited with 68 and a New American Record.
Going into the Clean & Jerks Samantha was first up with 83 kilos this is one kilo heavier than her previous heaviest made weight in competition. Sam has had great training leading into this meet and was routinely making 85-88 kilo Clean & Jerks. Unfortunately, She missed her opener with 83 kilos, it cut her air off and she was not able to recover to make the Jerk. We moved her up to 84 kilos to buy her more time. On the Second attempt she was again unsuccessful in the Clean and Jerk due to losing her air after she stood up with the Clean. Regrettable the Third Attempt with 84 kilos proved to be just a little too much on this day and despite a great effort and fight was unable to make the lift.
Kaija Bramwell had made a goal after the Senior National Championships that she would open with the New American Records in the Youth Division and make them. She had already established a new Youth Record in the Snatch with 68 kilos. Kaija opened with 86 kilos in the Clean and Jerk and nailed it. This was a New Youth American Record in the Clean & Jerk (86 kilos) and Total (154 kilos). Every attempt after this one would be a New American Record Attempt. We called for 89 kilos and she made it another Youth American Record in the Clean & Jerk and Total (157 kilos). For her last attempt we looked at the board and made a decision to try to push it a little and go for 94 kilos. We had already solidified our primary goal of breaking the American Records. This was her last competition as a Youth Lifter and wanted to go out on a high note. The second goal was to hit a 162 kilo Total. This would tentatively put her in a position to receive Elite Athlete Funding by the USA Weightlifting. And thirdly, making the 94 kilo Clean & Jerk would have put her on the podium for a Clean & Jerk medal. It was a big jump but she had made 93 kilos and training and we were banking on the adrenaline factor pushing her to the next level. She had an extremely long wait in the back after her 89 kilo lift and this was a whole new experience for Kaija. She went out for the lift with extreme determination and confidence. A such a young age Kaija shows great composure and focus. However, that weight proved to be a little out of her reach that day. All in all she broke five Youth American Records and finished in the top ten of very competitive class. The overall depth and totals at this competition where higher than the Senior National Championships. Not bad for the youngest lifter in her class. Next up the Junior Nationals where she looks to know prove herself as one of the best Junior lifters in America.
Saturday we saw Craig Rintoul lift in the 85 kilo B Session. Craig came out and hit a very successful 112 kilo Snatch on his opener. On his Second Attempt the call was for 117 kilos. He did not finish the pull on the lift and left it out front. He came back confident and corrected the 117 kilo lift on his Third Attempt. Going into the Clean & Jerk Craig opened with 142 kilos for a good lift. The call was to jump to 147 kilos on the Second Attempt. The Clean was good put cut his air off and Craig was not able to recover enough to put a full effort into the Jerk. After discussing the options we felt that repeating at 147 as opposed to jumping up to 150 was not much different. Our goal this day was to go for 152 kilos so it was within his desired goal. Craig refocused and went out for the lift with a great amount of energy and aggression. He had been sick for a couple of weeks prior to this competition and the heaviest weight he had Cleaned was 145 kilos. He caught the 150 kilos deep into the squat. He fought to stand up and cleared his throat for a shot at the Jerk. He dipped and drove but the bar drifted a little he got it over head but with a slight press out in his right arm. 2 to 1 no lift. Given the situation leading up to this meet I knew that if Craig had one more week back from his illness to be at full strength the results would have been different. I am proud of Craig with his training and determination. In sport like in life you have to deal with all situations and neither are fair. No excuses just go lift.
All of our athletes have a lot to take away from this competition and all have things to work on. Next up are two other lifters that we are working with Chris Douglas in the 77 kilo A Session from Paramount Barbell Club out of Seattle, WA and 85 kilo A Session James Ellis out of Scottsdale, Arizona. Tomorrow we have Cody King in the 105+ kilo A Session. Good luck gentleman.
Videos will come later!