I swear there are hundreds of articles online about why women should lift weights – and so many are dedicated to building confidence & improving health. I suppose many of those articles are written so the fear of getting bulky will diminish – but sometimes they are just about overcoming fear of lifting in general. Reading them helps for sure…. but practice makes perfect. What better way to practice then in a weightlifting workshop!!!
Until I started CrossFit I didn’t realize how much fun it was to lift weights – especially when they are heavy. I was never scared to lift heavy weights…except when it came to snatching…
Today the trainer’s from Robinson Weightlifting came to GymCore CrossFit for a workshop on snatching. (For those of you whom are unfamiliar… Snatching is taking a wide grip on a barbell at the ground then effectively jumping, shrugging and pulling yourself underneath the bar in a quick and *sometimes* impressive and manner.)
I have never been good at snatching.
Like I said…I’m not scared to lift heavy weights… But I guess you could say- I’m a little intimidated by heavy weight over my head. (…Insert youtube clip of “snatch fails” here…cringe!)
I broke that barrier today…. I have had great coaching up until now. Between the owner of the gym I work at (Greg)- he is awesome – and all of our other coaches (Dawn & Diane) – I always learn something new… But today something really clicked.
Sometimes you can’t put your finger on exactly what helped you, and maybe that is just because it is more than just one thing. Workshops of all types are great for those of you whom are looking to seriously improve. Whether that be lifting, gymnastics, flexibility, etc. And I believe, when we are in the gym, we are all trying to improve in some way.
I guess for me that was just confidence. Today was the first time someone told me I made snatching look easy. Maybe that was all I needed – a little confidence in proving I was capable of doing what I was intimidated by.
Maybe I am good at snatching!? Did I just lack confidence in moving weight to that position?
Guess so!!! There is ALWAYS room for improvement. As long as you are confident- and take the right steps getting there, you will succeed. This is what workshops do!!!
Very special thank you to Robinson Weightlifting for building my confidence!!!