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

Stats:

  • 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

Training Blog:
http://augustschmidt.blogspot.com/

X-Endurance Bio:
http://www.xendurance.com/august-schmidt/


 

John Alvarado

USAW Level 1 Coach 2010

Stats:

  • Competition PR’s Snatch 128kg / C&J 155kg
  • 2003, 2004, 2005 Junior Nationals Competitor
  • 2004 American Open Competitor
  • 2005 Junior National 69kg Bronze Medal
  • 2005 Junior National Team Champions, Team Arizona
  • 2010 CrossFit/USAW Competitor
  • 2011 American Open 77kg 6th Place

Jeremy Galo

Education & Certifications:

  • Bachelors of Engineering and Applied Science, ASU 2003
  • Crossfit Level 1 Coach
  • Crossfit Mobility Coach
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • 2010 CrossFit/USAW Competitor

Stats:

  • Competition PR’s Snatch 105kg / C&J 130kg

Becky Huss Vasey

Education & Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Science/Nursing Grand Canyon University 1996
  • Crossfit Level 1 Instructor 2010

Stats:

  • 2010 CrossFit/USAW Open
  • 2011 American Open 48kg
  • 2012 American Masters 53kg
  • 2013 American Masters 53kg
  • 2013 American Open 48kg
  • 2014 Masters Nationals Champion 53kg

Becky was adopted from Korea and raised in Arizona. Until recently she has spent most of her time working as an RN and raising her 3 kids. It’s been a year since introduced to Crossfit and has discovered an insatiable passion with it and has recently began Olympic lifting . She competed in her first Oly/Crossfit competition in October and recently acheived PR’s at a local lifting meet. Becky continues to strive toward her own fitness goals and enjoys helping others acheive theirs.