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Old 02-01-2013, 06:52 PM   #5
Tamara Reynolds
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Originally Posted by sarah james View Post
Wow! You are an inspiration!! It is very interesting to hear stories of others who have left crossfit for olympic lifting. For a while it was hard to break my habit of metcons and simply doing too mild case of rhabdo later after a coach's ridiculous programming..that's all it took to launch me into olympic lifting full time. I have about zero interest in crossfit anymore. I just want to lift. It is great to hear your story, really is motivating...sometimes not seeing too much improvement and dealing with the frustrations of constant technique's great to hear such a success story So, how often do you train? I'm wondering if the three times a week is enough at this point, or if I should begin experimenting with additional days of snatch practice in particular? And honestly, what do you eat lol? I came into this in such a crossfit state of mind, ate strict paleo forever and like you found out yourself..I kind of decided that was not the best for my body. I've read in some places that olympic lifters require higher amounts of fat, not particularly large amounts of carbs...and I'm also confused as to how much I really should be eating? I obviously want strength gains..but I'm also confused as I weigh 59kg..if I should try to maintain this weight since I am closer to 58kg class..or if I should gain some to fit into, I apologize for all the questions, still new to this..and I workout with all men, first time I've even had conversation with a woman who is an olympic weightlifter.
Thanks, Sarah. I have been training 6 days a week since the summer of 2011. At the moment, things are a bit different. I still train 6 days a week, but I am trying to get rid of some patella pain that I trained through in order to compete at the AO. But, my training schedule since the AO has been atypical in terms of volume and the exercises that I am doing. Completely changing my programming and expectations (due to switching coaches) is really what helped me start making big progress with my lifts. I am not saying that everyone can or should train the way that I have for the last 18 months, but I had a big goal, and I met it. So, I basically tell everyone to shut up.

In terms of weight, I honestly tell my lifters not to worry about it unless they are trying to qualify for a national meet or win best lifter at a local meet and need to be in a particular weight class for that. If you are competing as a 58, then training at 59 shouldn't be an issue. But, depending on how tall you are, you might eventually want to move up a weight class. I mean, I am 5'8. I was 132 lbs and meth addict lean when I left CrossFit. 60 kg is not an appropriate bodyweight for a 5'8 weightlifter. I got myself up to 69 kg and then up to 75 kg. I'm fairly underweight at the moment, but for a while, I was training at 76 kg.

In terms of diet, don't do what I do. I tend to cycle through phases of eating very well, getting tons of protein, etc., and then I go through phases where I eat a lot of donuts. I personally cannot maintain weight at all when I eat "clean," so props to those who can, but I care more about my lifts. But, if I need to cut weight, I just cycle back to eating clean. I haven't had to worry about that recently, though. How tall are you?

At the beginning, my gym was about 90% female and almost all former-CrossFitters. We're now about 50/50 male/female, about 50/50 weightlifting/powerlifting, and no one who has joined in the last year has come from CrossFit. I still get CrossFitters who want private training on their lifts, but in terms of my general gym membership, it would be very hard to tolerate being around me if you were still a member of the cult... errr.... community...

Originally Posted by Blair Lowe View Post
I honestly don't mind the occasional WOD so long as it doesn't interfere with training. I miss doing stupid shit though I get really bored after 3 rounds of anything or counting too many reps to the point of I lose interest.
I still do stupid shit too just to be funny. I mean, I find it funny. I find myself hilarious. But, it is not unusual for me to rep out some weight at the end of a workout just because I can. It's stupid because I am not that strong, but I am so much stronger than I was as a CrossFitter that I just laugh (at myself).
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