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Sara Fleming
05-06-2010, 07:49 PM
She's awesome. I'm taking her to her first competition (Blue Ridge open) in two weeks and she snatched 40 kg and C&J 50 kg today at practice. She just learned the lifts last summer and we didn't start training her specifically for weightlifting until February. She's a tall, thin 125 lbs. I am very proud of her.

http://www.raleighweightliftingclub.org (the kids are in the earlier posts)


Sara Fleming
05-19-2010, 06:11 AM
In her last practice before comp. (this Saturday), she snatched 43 kg and clean and jerked 56 kg. She weighs 57 kg. We'll see what she does on the platform, our main goal being just to get her to make her lifts.

Her lifts went up quite a bit after she stopped playing soccer for the season (3 weeks ago). I also had her stop doing crossfit five months ago. This has made a big difference in her overall strength.

If you have any positive vibes to send, please do, competition starts at 1pm on Saturday.

Jacob Rowell
05-19-2010, 06:20 AM
Great lifts! I always wonder how kids, especially girls, get interested in weightlifting at a young age. Good luck at the meet, it's this weekend, correct? I was with a lifter at the meet in Ashland, VA a couple months ago, and they were actively promoting the Blue Ridge Open.

Sara Fleming
05-19-2010, 07:49 AM
Thanks Jacob.

I used to train her mom when I trained at a crossfit affiliate. She came in to do Crossfit with her mom over the summer last year. Once she picked up a barbell and realized how strong she was, she was hooked. Positive reinforcement (as in a lot of positive feedback from coach and mom) really helps as does sharing pictures and videos of other female lifters such as Natalie Woolfolk and Amy Anaya. Once they realize they won't turn into man-beasts and that they can be stronger than the boys their age, its pretty darn easy to get them lifting. I'm working with some younger girls now, including my daughter, who think that the older girls are really cool. :)

Arden Cogar Jr.
05-19-2010, 11:12 AM
Absolutely fantastic!!Those lifts are outstanding. Much respect for your pupil and your coaching!

My own 12 year old has lifted in a few meets. She's still not developed a rack position, and she does both split cleans and split snatches, but she's getting there. Her training has been derailed by an interest in softball; but that's okay. She's dedicated her summer, after the end of softball season to getting back in the gym. She's tall too (5'8) and weighs 120. She likes being strong and able to do pull ups unlike most of her class mates.

Now, if my 9 year, dear lord, ever ....ever ......took an interest in lifting. The world could be her proverbial oyster. She is my body double and has cat like reflexes. Her legs were made for squatting and her back for pulling. But, alas, she hasn't quit gotten into the "athlete" thing to date. I hope that changes. But if not, that's cool too.

All the best,

Sara Fleming
05-20-2010, 04:56 AM
Thanks Arden. I think its great getting these kids involved early. Best of luck to you and your children as well. I can't wait to bring my own daughter to a competition. :)


Gant Grimes
05-20-2010, 07:02 AM
Nice job with your lifters. I know four girls here who won national medals as juniors (some won several golds). Most of them just used it to get stronger for their sport (soccer and track) and saw great results. It seems harder to keep girls interested in OL as a full time pursuit. Every bit helps, though.

My own 12 year old...5'8...120.

Watch out!

Arden Cogar Jr.
05-20-2010, 10:09 AM
Watch out!

And she, thankfully for her, looks nothing like me. But she does have my spirit, drive, and pulling ability. I'm so gonna have my hands full in the years to come.

All the best,

Sara Fleming
05-23-2010, 04:09 AM
We got back from the open last night. It was a great event, run very smoothly, with some impressive lifters.

Anyway, she made 33 kg on her opening snatch, but then nerves got the best of her and she couldn't get 38 on her next two attempts. We then had her do 46, 49, and 52 for her clean and jerk and she made all three. We are very proud of her.

Thanks for the support. :)


Derek Simonds
05-23-2010, 04:35 AM
Awesome job Sara. She has her first meet under her belt.

Sara Fleming
05-23-2010, 06:59 AM
Thank you Derek. :)

Getting through this first one will help her confidence immensely for meets in the future.

William McAlpine
05-23-2010, 07:04 AM
Hey Sara,

Do you know if your weightlifting club will be putting on a meet any time soon? I live in western NC (and go to school in Clemson in NW SC), and I can not ever seem to find a meet within reasonable distance.

Sara Fleming
05-23-2010, 07:42 AM
The Bear Cat club is in Charlotte, they are a great group of guys and I think they were going to try and do one this year sometime. We talked at our last LWC meeting about maybe hosting the NC state championships in Raleigh, but that wouldn't be until next May.

I hear you about the distance, though, everywhere, except for Charlotte, is at least a four hour drive for us.

These are the other clubs in Raleigh and Charlotte:

951 Aviation Pkwy Suite 1000 Contact: Michael A. Young
Morrisville, NC 27560 Email: info@athleticlab.com
Phone: (919) 617-1472 Web site: http://athleticlab.com

4599 Vintage Rd. Contact: Peter A. Rizzo
Lilesville, NC 28091 Email: bearcatpower@carolina.rr.com
Phone: (704) 848-8552 Web site: n/a

10522 Parkton Rd. Suite F Contact: Ashley Cristina Burke
Charlotte, NC 28215 Email: info@crossfitvoltage.com
Phone: (704) 519-8404 Web site: http://www.crossfitvoltage.com