The afternoon workout had most of the lifters clean & jerking. I’ll start with the girls. Rizelyx Rivera clean & push jerked up to 95 kilos for around four singles she looked good and the weights looked very easy. She is in good shape and is hungry to hit some big weights. Rizelyx front squatted up to I believe 120-125 kilos she missed the last rep but looked solid up to that point I didn’t ask her if that was her PR or not. Kelly Williams Clean & Jerked up to I believe 78 kilos and her jerks were all money. Kelly also front squatted up to a couple heavy singles and she missed 90 kilos. Natalie Burgener looked good as she performed cleans off a block from around knee height. She worked up to 100 kilos and the all looked good. She also worked up to a heavy back squat of I believe 140 kilos. Sarah Robles lifted working up to 95 kilos for four singles in the Snatch from above the knee. She stayed with the above the knee position with the clean & jerks and worked up to 115 for two singles and 120 for two singles. All looked very solid. She finished with three singles at 170 kilos in the back squat.
On to the guys, as I walked into the gym I noticed Jarred Flemming performing some back squats. Jarred has reduced his training frequency from 9 times a week to 5 times a week. His body was not adapting and beginning to breakdown. He is an incredible talent and he will be a dominant US Weightlifter for years to come. Zach Zrych was clean & jerking and worked up to I believe four singles at 175 kilos. He finished with some heavy pulls after with around 10-15 kilos more than what he cleaned. He is a hard worker and puts everything into his lifting. Mike Nackoul started with heavy jerks off the block. First he hit some very impressive doubles with 170 kilos. Then Mike move up to heavy singles with a couple near misses with 190-200 kilos. Mike then clean & jerked around 140-150 working on some technical issues. Mike like all the other lifters whom clean & jerked pulled right afterward working up to 10-15 kilos more than what they cleaned. Mike is a great person and one of the nicest young athletes I have met in a long time. We need 20 more Mike Nakoul’s in the sport of Weightlifting.
Shane Maier clean & jerked up to 180 for four singles he is a power guy and with more experience this guy could be a force in the heavy weight class. He has finished second at the Nationals two years in a row and he is looking to make a big impact at the American’s and the 2012 Nationals.
I caught the tell end of Donny Shankles clean & jerk workout he worked up to 185 kilos for four singles then finishing with some heavy pulls right afterward. What you love about Donny is his energy he brings to the training hall. He realizes the importance of competition. How it drives you to be the best in everything. He brings that Marine mentality from his past into his weightlifting training and that is awesome. He needs to be surrounded with like minded individuals. Collectively the group will push each other to greatness with the guidance of a experienced coach.
Today is an easier day with most lifters only training in the evening. I will let you know how it goes along with observations of the Polish System.