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My search for the best place to learn Olympic lifts and other CrossFit staples in Southern California.

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I’m the first to admit when I don’t know how to do something or when I’ve reached my limit and need help. The Olympic lifts used in CrossFit are a prime example and quite frankly I’m at a standstill.

The reason I’m having trouble with certain lifts is that I need to work on technique, plus I have a lot of flexibility issues, and with no one guide me in the right direction I’m at a loss. I can do the normal stuff in the gym fine, you know like bench presses, squats etc. But the compound movement stuff eludes me. I’m even having trouble with the overhead squat and the front squat.

 

So how do I know I’m performing the lifts wrong? Well when you feel or hear something pop or you pull something it wasn’t because your doing it right.

 

So I basically have two options, first I can continue on my current course and try and learn from online videos, which hasn’t fared to well in the past. Or I could go someplace and learn from the pros. But if I choose to get instruction, where should I go to get the most bang for my buck, and who truly offers the best class?

I’m the first to admit when I don’t know how to do something or when I’ve reached my limit and need help. The Olympic lifts used in CrossFit are a prime example and quite frankly I’m at a standstill.

The reason I’m having trouble with certain lifts is that I need to work on technique, plus I have a lot of flexibility issues, and with no one guide me in the right direction I’m at a loss. I can do the normal stuff in the gym fine, you know like bench presses, squats etc. But the compound movement stuff eludes me. I’m even having trouble with the overhead squat and the front squat.

 

So how do I know I’m performing the lifts wrong? Well when you feel or hear something pop or you pull something it wasn’t because your doing it right.

 

So I basically have two options, first I can continue on my current course and try and learn from online videos, which hasn’t fared to well in the past. Or I could go someplace and learn from the pros. But if I choose to get instruction, where should I go to get the most bang for my buck, and who truly offers the best class?

 

So my search began and still continues.

 

When I approached Mayra with the idea of attending a class she was all for it, especially since she’s tired of hearing me complain of about new injuries each time I come out of the gym. I think the prospect of her having to care for a 250lb baby (me) far outweighs her concern about the costs involved. I have been searching online and found a bunch of places that offer courses, but am still lost and undecided. The most promising seems to be the ones offered through CrossFit.com but I have nothing to compare them to. When I plan on spending what CrossFit is charging for a two-day course ($595) I want to be sure.
The other class or seminar that looked like an option was at “Waxman’s Gym“. Their credentials seem impressive, but their site doesn’t go into to much detail of what you get. They have one three and a half hour “Essentials Seminar” that is $59, and a “Mastery Seminar” at $369 ($310) if you’ve attended the Essentials Seminar. I have no clue how long the Mastery Seminar is or what they teach either. They have an e-mail form that allows you to ask questions, but I haven’t yet.

 

The other thing I noticed about both options is that the courses mainly focus on the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. Which is fine, but I’d also like some info on the other lifts I’m having trouble with. Maybe even a little info on deadlifting techniques, overhead squats etc. I know that is a lot to ask and something they couldn’t possibly teach in such a short time, but I can dream.

 

So for now I’m still searching and wishing for that one elusive class to become available that will teach me everything I want to know. But I doubt that will happen so I’m not holding my breath.

 

Anyway I’ll keep you posted on my search for a kick ass class that won’t break the bank.

 

See you in the hills.

 

Lance

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