It was a great week of training thus far at Performance One Advanced Sports Training. Caught up with an old friend Kellen Mills and his wife Halle Mills on Thursday. I used to train Kellen’s older sister Jenica way back in the day. Kellen was a Junior National Medalist back in 2002 and just recently placed third in the Snatch of the 105+ kilo Class at the American Open Championships. I wish him and his wife Halle continued success in the sport of Weightlifting.
We also had College Ahtletes’ from all over the country stop in to train. New Mexico, Georgia, Michigan, and California to name a few of the states where athletes have come in to train. It was great to see our athletes getting after it. Whether they had just completed their season or if they are preparing for their upcoming seasons great work ethic was seen by all.
On the weightlifting side it was great to see two big Snatch PR’s tonight from two of our Junior Lifters. Cody King Snatched 130 kilos and Jake Mapes Snatched 115 kilos. Both are hitting their stride leading into the Junior Nationals at the end of the month. Their team mate Kaija Bramwell has also been hitting PRs. Kaija was selected to participate at the USA Weightlifting Youth Camp over the Holiday Break in Colorado Springs, CO. While there Kaija hit personal records in the snatch of 61 kilos and also in the Clean & Jerk of 81 kilos. Kaija is on pace to have a great Junior Nationals as well. Since Kaija has come to us she has seen a huge improvement in her lifting technique and approach to the sport.
Assistant Coach Craig Rintoul has been pushing his lifters with great success. Dan Summit look good tonight as he went after some big weights. As well as did Chase Verquer. Chase is a talented kid and sometimes I wish if he was able to have a little more training time what his lifts would be like.
As for many of our National Competitive Weightlifters they are heavily immersed in a higher volume phase of training that will take them to the 24 week mark leading into the National Championships. Samantha Wright and Dillon Cassillas will hate me know but will thank me later for putting their bodies through this. They have already surpassed my expectations for them at this point in the program. As they continue to adapt physically and mentally with this phase of training they will come out on the other end stronger and more mentally tough then they have ever been.
All for now