Greg Glassman on Olympic Weightlifting:

A02014c“There are two Olympic lifts, the Clean & Jerk and the Snatch . Mastery of these lifts develops the squat, deadlift, power clean, and split jerk while integrating them into a single movement of unequaled value in all of strength and conditioning. The Olympic lifters are without a doubt the world’s strongest athletes.

These lifts train athletes to effectively activate more muscle fibers more rapidly than through any other modality of training. The explosiveness that results from this training is of vital necessity to every sport. Practicing the Olympic lifts teaches one to apply force to muscle groups in proper sequence, i.e., from the center of the body to its extremities (core to extremity). Learning this vital technical lesson benefits all athletes who need to impart force to another person or object as is commonly required in nearly all sports.
In addition to learning to impart explosive forces, the clean and jerk and snatch condition the body to receive such forces from another moving body both safely and effectively.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the Olympic lifts unique capacity to develop strength, muscle, power, speed, coordination, vertical leap, muscular endurance, bone strength, and the physical capacity to withstand stress. It is also worth mentioning that the Olympic lifts are the only lifts shown to increase maximum oxygen uptake, the most important marker for cardiovascular fitness.

Sadly, the Olympic lifts are seldom seen in the commercial fitness community because of their inherently complex and technical nature. CrossFit makes them available to anyone with the patience and persistence to learn.”

2014 EVCF Weightlifting Accomplishments:

  • EVCF Weightlifting Team 2nd place at the 2014 American Open Weightlifting Championships.
  • Norik Vardanian (94kg) set the National Record for the Snatch (168kg).
  • Alex Lee (69kg) set the National Record for the Total (305kg).
  • August Schmidt (105kg) set the Masters National Records (40-44) in the Snatch (130kg) and total (287kg)
  • Michelle Giannino (48kg) Bronze Medal in the Snatch at the 2014 National Championships
  • Stephanie Palacol (58kg) Gold Medal in the Snatch and Silver overall at the 2014 American Open
  • Jason Lewis (+105kg) Fifth Place at The 2014 National Championships and The 2014 American Open
  • Becky Vasey (53kg) Gold Medal at the 2014 Masters Nationals
  • Victoria Rodriguez (63kg) Silver Medal at the 2014 Masters Nationals

Weightlifting Coaches:

August Schmidt

USAW Club Coach 2001
USAW Senior Coach 2012


  • Competition PR’s  Snatch 130kg / C&J 157kg/ Total 287kg
  • 2010 CrossFit/USAW Open Competitor
  • 2011 Masters Nationals 105kg Silver Medal
  • 2012 Masters Nationals 105kg Silver Medal
  • 2012 American Masters 105kg Gold Medal (Best Lifter 35-39 Men)
  • 2013 Masters Nationals 105kg Silver Medal
  • 2013 American Masters 105kg Gold Medal (Best Lifter 35-39 Men)
  • 2014 American Masters 105kg Gold Medal (Best Lifter 40-44 Men)
  • Snatch National Record 130kg (105kg 40-44 years old)
  • Total National Record 287kg (105kg 40-44 years old)
  • President of Arizona Weightlifting Federation – LWC 48, 2016-current

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