Once upon a time, a few years ago, United Barbell had a competitive Oly team. We donned singlets and traveled to meets both local and national to represent. Over time, interest wavered, and many teammates refocused on CrossFit or left San Francisco.
Fast forward a few years and we have a bustling (and sassy) olympic lifting class, a regular Barbell WOD crew, and athletes who are ready to tap their toes on a competitive olympic weightlifting platform (not to mention the 6 who already did at SPS' "Rite of Passage" meet last month). What does this all mean? It's time for team to reestablish a competitive Olympic Weightlifting Team! In fact, as of right now, United Barbell has an active USAW lifting club! Here is how to join:
- Register with USAW
- Select United Barbell as your club (ID: 38059)
- Select myself and Shaheen Hashemian as your coaches.
At the beginning of 2017, we will select the meets we will attend as a team to compete!
Any of you UBers have an inkling you might enjoy competing? Give it a try - it is you versus the bar and is unlike anything else. What makes competition day even better is belonging to a team. Just like in class, having your coach there supporting you, a teammate or two going through the same mental and physical battles right beside you, and your other teammates out in the crowd cheering you on makes the day what it is... pure magic!