My first weightlifting meet

As I wrote earlier I was going to participate in the amateur competition in Olympic weightlifting at CrossFit Geraklion and today I wanna share with you my experience and impressions from this event.

There were 8 guys registered for the competition in weight class 77 kg (170 lbs) but only 4 appeared including me. All of them requested over 70 kg for Snatch and over 85 kg for Clean & Jerk as their initial weights which is way more the weights that I was going to lift in my best attempts. So I said: “Ok, whatever. I’m here to lift my weight no matter what.”

Accordingly to the roster there were 4 girls with initial weights about 35-40 kilos and the guy with 50 kg for his first attempt in Snatch. “That should give me about 13 minutes for the warm-up which is about 6 sets” I thought. And that was my biggest mistake. The warm-up section was on the 2nd floor and the platform on the 1st, so I fucked up 30 seconds of my attempt when this guy moved his first attempt to 60 kg and the judge called my name. I jumped up on the platform and somehow lifted my initial 52 kg in rush. My second attempt had to be on 57 kg so I received 2 minutes to take a breath and lifted it pretty solid. I was going to order 60 kg for my 3rd attempt in Snatch but my coach said “61” and I thought “Why not?” and ordered 61 kg. There were some guys with initial weight at 60 kg so I had about 4 minutes before my last attempt. Probably I calmed down too much for that time and that’s why I failed at 61 kg.

This lesson with a warm-up taught me to be ready for such “last calls” so I started my warm-up before the Clean & Jerk session a little bit earlier. The Clean & Jerk session gone very good for me and I successfully lifted the weights I wanted. Here are the links for the videos of this attempts:

At the end of the day I would say that I learned a lot from this event where I got 132 kg in total which isn’t bad for the very first weightlifting meet I believe. Also I wanna thank my gym buddy Sergey Sorokin for his support!

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Notation: Weight (in kg) x reps x sets or weight x sets

Nothing but weightlifting

One of my goals for this year is to participate in at least one Olympic Weightlifting meet. But I didn’t thought that it would be so soon.

CrossFit Geraklion will held amateur competition in Olympic Weightlifting this Saturday (January 25th) and I registered for participation in weight class 77 kg (170 lbs). CrossFit Geraklion Olympic Weightlifting Open This will be my very first Weightlifting meet so I don’t expect to win this event or even take a place on the podium. However, I have a pretty challenging goals:

  • 6 successful lifts
  • Snatch 60 kg (132 lbs)
  • Clean & Jerk 75 kg (165 lbs)

Also I decided to dedicate one full month starting from last Saturday for nothing but weightlifting. The major goal of this experiment is to check how/if improvements of my technique in Snatch, Clean, Jerk and other weightlifting movements can improve my performance in CrossFit WODs.

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Notation: Weight (in kg) x reps x sets or weight x sets

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AMRAP in 30 mins of:

Reps: 22

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Strength Session

7 sets of:

Weights (in kg): 40-46-50-56-60-70-73


For time:

Time: 9:15

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WOD “Rowing Nancy”

5 rounds for time of:

Time: 18:26 (broke my PR for 5 mins 9 secs).

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Thruster 3-3-3-3-3: 50-53-60-63-70(2)

Failed 3rd rep in 5th set @ 70 kg


Bring Sally Up on Thrusters @ 33 kg

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3 rounds of:


5 rounds for time of:

Time: 20:21