Coach Ali Reflects on 6-Week Barbell Class

So here I sit, the day after the last night of our 6 week barbell class, and I am at a loss for words. Nine members spent the last six Wednesday nights with me breaking down the Olympic lifts and starting from scratch. There were times of frustration throughout the weeks, but many more times of laughter and successes! I was fortunate enough to have a room full of people wanting to learn and willing to put in the time.

We started the class by breaking down the power position and drilling footwork.  We then progressed to the hang position and did some accessory drills to fix some common faults. By the end of the 6-week session, we moved the lifts back down to the floor, and ended with a mock meet (this is where the proud coach comes in!). We had eight of our nine participants complete a mock weightlifting meet where they each received 3 attempts at both the snatch and the clean and jerk. The night started out with a lot of nerves and blank stares, but it ended with all smiles and LOTS of PR’s! Of the heaviest snatch and clean and jerk for each person (16 total lifts), 15 of them were PR’s!!!! I am so excited to see these people progress in their fitness journeys!

“Prior to coming to CrossFit Oshkosh I have never done any type of Olympic lifting in my life. I have to stay that the barbell class was a wonderful opportunity to work on lifting technique, and become more familiar with the movements. It was incredibly helpful to break down the lifts from the very beginning. This allowed you to see where you might need to improve and what you’re strong areas are. It was awesome to be able to work on the progression from week one to week six and break things down movement by movement!
The class gave you a great sense of what you need to focus on to improve lifting technique, to move safely and more efficient. The coaches were both encouraging and supportive pushing you to achieve more each week!  Both Ali and Reagan were great at giving individualized corrections for each person. It was always surprising how fast the hour class went!  Not only did I feel like I learned a lot I also had a ton of fun! And bonus: I was able to PR one of my lifts this week during regular class by 15 pounds!”
-Evey Anderson, CFO Member who participated in Barbell class

Does this sound like something you would like to be apart of?! Keep a lookout for more information that will be coming about another Barbell 1 class in fall! Oh, and if you have taken one of the Barbell 1 classes and want to go even further with some class time and more programmed work there will be something for you too… Barbell 2!

Client Stories

Mary Ann Saiyed: Super Mom Strength!

Brief personal history and journey towards beginning your CrossFit journey:

I was never someone to go to the gym to workout. I was always intimidated by the gym, the weights, etc. Saj, my husband, started going to CrossFit in Appleton where he worked and told me about it. I hired a personal trainer in Wautoma and my introduction to CrossFit began. Eventually, there were a few of us who would get together at the gym and complete WODs together.

What brought you to CrossFit Oshkosh?

When we moved to Oshkosh, we wanted to join CrossFit!  I started in December of 2015. I made Saj come with me to the first class and I was very nervous.

Your first impression of CrossFit Oshkosh?

I was welcomed and everyone was warm and friendly. It has been 1 1/2 years at CrossFit Oshkosh and I am addicted!

What has been your biggest hurdle since starting?

My biggest hurdle since I started has been challenging myself more. I don’t push myself as much as I can at times and need a little push from my coaches and friends at CrossFit. Thank you to all of you who have encouraged me along the way!!!

What is your favorite aspect of CrossFit?

My favorite aspect of CrossFit is the community!  The people who care about each other and encourage each other!  Makes me want to come get a workout in with like minded people who care about fitness and health!  I also love that my kids are proud of their strong mama!

What are your current goals in CrossFit?

My current CrossFit goals are to work on more technique with lifting, improve the gymnastics movements and hit the RX button more often!

What is something we don’t know about you?

I am an open book, but many of you may not know that I was a drummer in elementary and high school and I used to work at McDonalds!  Now, I won’t eat there anymore!


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