Without a doubt, one of my truest passions is Olympic weightlifting.

I was introduced to the Olympic lifts through CrossFit, and I’m forever grateful. Before that exposure, I had no idea what those huge men and women were doing with barbells and colored plates at the Olympics. It all looked foreign and ridiculous to me.

Today, I can’t imagine my life without the snatch or clean and jerk.

I’ve been weightlifting for the past seven years (combined with CrossFit training for much of that time, dedicated solely to Olympic lifting for a year at a time, at one point.

Being the competitive woman I am, I’ve also participated in weightlifting meets.

These are my meet totals, including body weight at the time.

I consider myself an intermediate lifter. I love learning about the sport. I soak up as much knowledge as I can, intending to put it to use in my own training and in coaching others.

I know I have potential in Olympic weightlifting, and maybe some day I will decide to dedicate my training solely to the sport. Until then, I’m really enjoying the benefits of strength, technique, finesse, power and grace, thanks to the Olympic lifts.

Catching a snatch, photo from DNAinfo.com

Catching a snatch, photo from DNAinfo.com

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