Happy Birthday Luz Acosta!

Performance One Elite Athlete Luz Acosta’s birthday is today.  From all of us at Performance One we would like to wish Luz a Happy Birthday and a great 2011 season.  Good Luck and Many Good Fortune!

Thanks to Students and Faculty at Sequoia Charter School

On Thursday Dec 16th, 2011  in front of 400 students and faculty members Performance One Athletes’ put on a Weightlifting and Speed & Agility Demonstration.  2008 Olympian Luz Acosta, 2x National Champion Sarah Robles, 2010 World University Champion Alex Lee, and 3x Collegiate National Qualifier Craig Rintoul showed the students the benefits of Weightlifting for fitness and health as well as for sports performance.  The athletes talked about their backgrounds in previous sports and what led them into the sport of Weightlifting.

Starting on January 3rd Performance One will be offering an After School Strength and Conditioning Program to the students of Sequoia Charter School.  The program will be split into ACP (Athletic Conditioning Preparation) and Weightlifting Groups.  The ACP Group will concentrate on Speed and Agility Exercises for sport performance and fitness.  The Weightlifting Group will focus primarily on Strength Training for Sports Performance and the Sport of Weightlifting.

For more information regarding this program and how Performance One could work with your school or club contact Coach Joe Micela at joe@performanceone.net

Craig Rintoul Places 6th at the American Open Championships

After a two year layoff from National Competition, Performance One Weightlifter Craig Rintoul lifted in the 77 kilo class of the 2010 American Open Weightlifting Championships.  Craig successfully hit his opener with 105 kilos in the Snatch.  Like Keith, Craig was not able to complete his next two attempts with 110 kilos.  In the Clean & Jerk, Craig missed his opening Clean with 135.  It was a mental error and Craig quickly fixed the error and easily made the same lift on his Second Attempt.  On his Third Attempt he took 140 kilos and with ease completed the lift and finished on a positive note.  This meet knocked the dust off Craig and now I believe he will be ready to step it up for his next competition.  He will compete at the 2011 Collegiate National Championships in Shreveport, Louisiana in April.  Craig will have four months to go through another strong training cycle in preparation for this event.

Keith Weitz places 5th at the American Open

Performance One Weightlifter Keith Weitz placed 5th in the 62 kilo weight class of the 2010 American Open Championships on Friday.  The American Open Championships is the second most important national Olympic Weightlifting event of the year, only the Nationals is more prestigious.  Keith started the day off with a successful first attempt in the Snatch with 85 kilos.  This is the heaviest weight Keith has ever opened with.  Unfortunately, Keith missed his next two attempts with 90 kilos.  One his second attempt he just over pulled the 90 kilos and on his last attempt he just took a little to much off and left it a bit out front.  In the Clean & Jerks Keith was on fire.  He went 3 for 3 and hit a new Personal Record of 115 kilos on his final attempt.  Keith tied another athlete for on total but due to that athlete being of lighter body weight Keith ended up in 5th place.  This is Keith’s third National level competition and he has hit PRs in everyone of them.  He continues to make improvements and we look for much bigger things from him in the future.  Next up for Keith will be the Collegiate Nationals in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Performance One loses won of it’s best

On December 3rd Coach Micela lost one of his most courageous athletes he has ever trained.  Special Olympic Power Lifter Asa Draper passed away.  I had the privilege of working with and knowing Asa.  He inspired me each an everyday with his determination to succeed.  With the help of his sister Denise, Asa learned how to lift by having Denise hand signing every aspect of the exercises to him.  He was able to learn how to bench press on the first try.  He enjoyed working out and being around the guys on the team especially his friend Wil.  Asa will never be forgotten.  On behalf of the rest of the team, the coaches, and parents I would like to send out our prayers to Asa and his family.  You will always be remembered.

Draper, Asa Lynn
34, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on December 3, 2010. Asa was born in Spokane, WA and then moved to Arizona with his family when he was 10 years old. In Arizona, Asa learned he had NF2 and due to this eventually Asa had to deal with being deaf and legally blind. Although he had these challenges, Asa was very active and had many accomplishments: Special Olympics of Arizona 2008 Most Inspirational Athlete, Special Olympics Gold Medalist in swimming and weightlifting, league bowler and short story writer. Asa also enjoyed reading, playing chess, video games, sci-fi movies and the Arizona Cardinals. He was an animal lover and made sure his dogs had plenty to eat from his plate. Asa graduated from Casa Grande Union High School (’94) and had several jobs despite his disabilities. Asa will be remembered as an inspiration because of his perseverance through difficult situations and his thoughtful and caring outlook toward everyone. Survived by: Laura Pool (Mother), Clair Draper (Father), Rick and Denise Rentschler (sister), Paula Draper (sister), Cole Rentschler (nephew) and Masan Washington (nephew) Service: 12/11/10 Celebration of Life at Tempe Nazarene Church 3929 S. Rural Road Tempe, AZ 85282 11am-2pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Tempe Special Olympics c/o Tempe Parks & Recreation 3500 S. Rural Rd. Tempe, AZ 85282 (480) 350-5200.

Tempe Special Olympics Power Lifters to Train at Performance One

Coach Joe Micela will train the Tempe Special Olympics Power Lifters for an exhibition event that will be held in conjunction with the Arizona State Wrestling Team.  The event will take place on Sunday January 2nd at Wells Fargo Arena at 6 pm.   Five Tempe Special Olympic Power Lifters will take part in this event, Matthew Herbert, Tony Stromness, Toan Tran, Daniel Nemecek, and Marcus Santellon.  They guys will be training at Performance One in Mesa in preparation for the event.  Please come out and support these guys at this event.  Coach Micela worked with the Tempe Special Olympics this past year and will continue to work with the guys in 2011.  If you would are interested in helping out with the Tempe Special Olympics please contact Coach Joe Micela to volunteer at joe@performanceone.net

After School Strength & Conditioning Program to Start in Feb in Chandler, AZ

Performance One is proud to announce the 2011 Spring schedule for our partnership with Chandler Unified School District and Bogle Junior High School.  Performance One will offer two 5 week camps starting on Feb 7th.  The camp will be offered Mon, Wed, & Fri and start at 4:30-6 pm.  This program is offered to Athletes 12 – 18 years old.  Participants will learn Speed & Explosive Power drills, Strength Training Exercises, & Develop Core Conditioning.   You can register online at www.CUSDcommunity.com

Performance One Advanced Sports Training

Chandler Strength & Conditioning Program

Camp 1 (Performance1bogle)

Dates:  Mon, Wed, & Fri Feb 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 23, 25, March 2, 4

Time: 4:30-6 pm

Cost: $80

Camp 2 (Performance2bogle)

Location: Bogle Junior High School

Dates: Mon, Wed, & Fri April 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 25, 27, 29,

Times: 4:30-6 pm

Cost: $80