The PFP Barbell club works hard every week to gain strength and improve their lifting technique. This past weekend, several of our athletes competed at Project Lift in Columbus! Although a very hot and sweaty day in a non air-conditioned gym, everyone did incredibly well – a few PRs and 18/20 lifts made for all 4 athletes!
Maggie Duer, a weightlifting coach here at PFP – lifting in the 69kg weight class, Ashley Davis competed as a 75kg weightlifter, Derek MacDowell – a 69kg weightlifter, and Maghan Lunsford competed for the first time as a 69kg weightlifter from East Coast Gold weightlifting!
First up was Ashley – her first snatch was at 45kg, which she made look easy. She hit her second attempt at 48kg, which looked even stronger than her first! Ashley pushed hard through her final attempt with a good lift at 51kg!
Ashley was followed by Maghan who hit the same numbers and also went 3/3 in the snatch. For her first meet, she looked like a seasoned veteran with a great fight to hit all of her lifts.
Later on, towards the end of the session came Maggie’s turn. She opened her snatches at 54kg. Her lifts progressed through each attempt, and after making her first lift, her snatches only looked cleaner during her second and third attempts at 57 and 60kg. Great technique earned 3/3 for snatches for Maggie!
Next up was Derek to start off the snatch session for the men. He power snatched his first attempt at 47kg. After a 2-minute clock, Derek followed himself with a second attempt at 52. His second snatch attempt got away from him, but he finished strong with his best-looking snatch at a strong 60kg!
After a short intermission the athletes were on to their clean and jerk session.
First up, Ashley and Maghan! Maghan opened her 1st attempt with a strong 60kg. She easily powered her clean and finished with a crisp hard punch in her jerk. Ashley followed suit with her first attempt also at 60kg, which looked like a piece of cake (or the cookies that decorated her customized weightlifting belt). On Maghan’s second attempt, she fought through to earn a good lift at 64kg. Ashley followed with a strong lift at 65kg. Both ladies had fought hard and were attempting their heaviest lifts of the day. After a hard fight, Maghan pressed out her jerk at 68kg and missed the lift. Ashley gave her final effort at 69kg but also missed her lift. Both Ashley and Maghan went 5/6 for the day! Maghan totaled her first meet at 116. Ashley increased her previous total at 110 to 116 for a 6 kilo PR total! Great job ladies!
Nearing the heavier lifts of the session, Maggie opened her first clean and jerk with an easy lift at 70kg. After an even cleaner second attempt at 73kg, Maggie was ready to take her final attempt of the day. So far, she had made all of her lifts and was only just getting started. She smoked her final attempt at 75kg!! This was one of her best technical lifts of the day – smooth and sharp. Maggie finished the day with a PR total at 135 – an 11kg improvement from her previous total. Not only was this Maggie’s first “comeback” meet after a few seasons off, she also won best female lifter! Way to go Maggie!!!!
To end the day for PFP, Derek heated things up for his clean and jerk session. He opened with a good lift at 70kg, followed by making his second attempt at 75kg. Derek attempted a PR for his 3rd lift, which was his best looking clean and jerk of the day at 81kg! He went 5/6 in his attempts and ended with a PR clean and jerk and a 133 PR total! Awesome job Derek!
Our athletes at PFP continue to inspire and amaze us. Looking forward to our next weightlifting event this weekend so stay tuned!
Coaches and Athletes will be contributing to this blog. We will be discussing lifting tips, smashing goals, and much more.