Ultimate Lift Off - Heats & Details

It's almost Lift Off Day!  We have lots of info for you, so buckle in!

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The Day

We are running things a little differently this year.  We think these changes will lead to an even better event for everyone involved!

  • 8:30 - Athlete Briefing for ALL athletes
  • 8:50 - Athlete Weigh-Ins for ALL athletes
  • 9:20 - First Heat Begins
  • 12:40 - Last Heat Ends
  • 12:50 - Winners Announced
  • 1:00 - Enjoy the Sunshine!

Scoring & Standards

Scoring will be calculated using the Sinclair Coefficient for oly lifts and the Wilks Coefficient for power lifts. Standard Olympic and Power Lifting rules apply. Download all of the movement standards here.

Heats

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How to Approach the Day

Your Opener

So you get 3 attempts per lift... what do you open with?   Open with 200 when you have hit 195 in training.  Go big or go home... right?? WRONG!  Your opener should be something that you know you can hit.  That means maybe it's a weight you've done it for a triple.  Or maybe it's a weight you know is your last "safe" weight before the nervy mental stuff starts to kick in.  Either way, it’s there to build confidence.  It sets the tone for the rest of your lifts, and even the rest of the competition.  If you set the bar too high, the rest of the meet will seem like a chore... and nobody wants to walk away with a "0" because they over shot it.

Your Second Attempt

Presuming your opening went well, this is where you’ll find yourself getting close to PR territory. This is normally a middle ground to the final attempt where you go for broke.  Think that this is where you want to aim 95-97% of your end target and typically somewhere around 98% of your max.   Think of it as your launching point into the glory you should visualize as your final attempt. 

Didn't make that first attempt?  Don't stress.  Take one moment longer than you think you need to stop, relax, visualize yourself coming back and making the attempt and give yourself the cue you need to hit your weight and move on.

Your Third Attempt

Finally!  The third attempt!  Go for gold! Take a second to be present with how #2 felt, and choose your jump from there.  Once you made up your mind, don't touch the bar until you've made the lift in your head.  Whatever you do - NEVER MATCH your PR.  If you aren't 100% on competition day, hit what you are going to hit, but if you are near the magic number, throw the .5 kilo plates on.  Matching a PR is settling.  NEVER SETTLE.

Ultimate Lift Off - What You Need to Know

So you decided to lift in the ULO.  You didn't even know what it was until last week, and now you are competing.  Or maybe you've been looking forward to this competition all year but you don't know how to go about it..... Either way, this post is for you.

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Part 1: Heats & The Flow of the Day

All athletes need to check in by 8:20A. Athlete briefing will promptly start at 8:30A with weigh-ins at 8:50.  Heats will begin every 20 minutes with the day ending at 1PM.

Heats will be announced Wednesday.  

Part 2: Know the Rules

Please download the movement standards here.

Part 3: The Attempts 

Your Opener

So you get 3 attempts per lift... what do you open with?   Open with 200 when you have hit 195 in training.  Go big or go home... right?? WRONG!  Your opener should be something that you know you can hit.  That means maybe it's a weight you've done it for a triple.  Or maybe it's a weight you know is your last "safe" weight before the nervy mental stuff starts to kick in.  Either way, it’s there to build confidence.  It sets the tone for the rest of your lifts, and even the rest of the competition.  If you set the bar too high, the rest of the meet will seem like a chore... and nobody wants to walk away with a "0" because they over shot it.

Your Second Attempt

Presuming your opening went well, this is where you’ll find yourself getting close to PR territory. This is normally a middle ground to the final attempt where you go for broke.  Think that this is where you want to aim 95-97% of your end target and typically somewhere around 98% of your max.   Think of it as your launching point into the glory you should visualize as your final attempt. 

Didn't make that first attempt?  Don't stress.  Take one moment longer than you think you need to stop, relax, visualize yourself coming back and making the attempt and give yourself the cue you need to hit your weight and move on.

Your Third Attempt

Finally!  The third attempt!  Go for gold! Take a second to be present with how #2 felt, and choose your jump from there.  Once you made up your mind, don't touch the bar until you've made the lift in your head.  Whatever you do - NEVER MATCH your PR.  If you aren't 100% on competition day, hit what you are going to hit, but if you are near the magic number, throw the .5 kilo plates on.  Matching a PR is settling.  NEVER SETTLE.

Part 4: Check in with Your Body

No matter how much you plan, life happens.  You'll have trouble sleeping, your shoulder will hurt, you'll forget your lucky wrist wraps at home, you'll not feel like your normal superhero self.  Remember to take a second and chill out.  At this point you've done whatever you can do to show up strong and ready, and now it's 90% mental game.  So keep your head in the game and don't let a missed lift or something out of order throw you.  After all, you are here to compete with yourself above all, and a poor mental state starts you in a losing position.  And oh yea... just shut it out and have fun!

The 2017 Ultimate Lift Off!

Did you been watch this year's CrossFit Games?  Did you see 17 year old Guilherme Malheiros snatch 292??  Are you inspired??  Good!  Because the ULTIMATE LIFT OFF is coming!

Bring your gains and get ready to rumble!  It's UB's 6th year of getting our super totals on (Snatch, Clean & Jerk, Squat, Bench, Deadlift).  Who's game?

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Here's how the event works gonna work:

  • You will have 20 minutes to find your maximum snatch and clean and jerk.
  • Changed this year: You will have 18 minutes to find your maximum back squat, bench press, and deadlift
  • You will have 3 attempts at your heaviest weight for each lift.
  • You will perform all the lifts in order: snatch, clean and jerk, back squat, bench press, and deadlift. To participate in the competition, you must attempt all five lifts.
  • Heats will start every 20 minutes. If you are late, you cannot lift.  No exceptions.
  • Your score will be calculated by Sinclair for your Oly lifts and Wilks formula (each lift by pounds lifted to body weight) for your power lifts. (New this year: All athletes will weigh in at the beginning of the day)
  • A complete list of rules (including the requirements for each lift) will be posted Friday in the gym along with the start list.
  • To secure your spot please do both of the following by August 28th:
    1. Register for the event here.
    2. Fill out our maxes form so we can assign you a heat.

An Ultimate Success

Another successful Ultimate Lift Off in the books!  Way to go everyone!  #UBstrong

Another successful Ultimate Lift Off in the books!  Way to go everyone!  #UBstrong

For all of you who participated in Saturday's Ultimate Lift-Off -- thank you for making the day a lot of fun and a tremendous success!  A special thank you to our staff and volunteers for helping make the day run smoothly (and be well documented): Coach Jon - MC extraordinaire, Chloe/Manu/"TPJ" - master photographers, and Chad/Jason L./Max/Olivia/Shannon/Sean F./Sunli/"TerBear", "TPJ" - our solid judging team! 

For those of you who missed it, you missed out! The day was a great demonstration of mental fortitude from every individual athlete, while also being a great show of community.  Everyone was in high spirits, and the energy in the room was electric.  Best of all, look at all those PRs (highlighed in yellow)!  How could you ask for a better day?!  You came and gave it your all -- that is all we could ever ask of you.

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Congrats to our top placers (highlighted above) on a exceptional day! (Please don't forget to email me with your desired sizing on both knee sleeves and hip circle)

More photos will be posted later this week on the UB Athlete Facebook Page. 

The 2016 Ultimate Lift Off - All the Details

It's almost Lift Off Day!  We have lots of info for you, so buckle in!

The Day

We are running things a little differently this year.  We think these changes will lead to an even better event for everyone involved!

  • 7:30 - Athlete Briefing for ALL athletes
  • 7:50 - Athlete Weigh-Ins for ALL athletes
  • 8:20 - First Heat Begins
  • 12:20 - Last Heat Ends
  • 12:45 - Winners Announced
  • 1:00 - Enjoy the Sunshine!

Scoring & Standards

Scoring will be calculated using the Sinclair Coefficient for oly lifts and the Wilks Coefficient for power lifts. Standard Olympic and Power Lifting rules apply. Download all of the movement standards here.

Heats

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How to Approach the Day

Your Opener

So you get 3 attempts per lift... what do you open with?   Open with 200 when you have hit 195 in training.  Go big or go home... right?? WRONG!  Your opener should be something that you know you can hit.  That means maybe it's a weight you've done it for a triple.  Or maybe it's a weight you know is your last "safe" weight before the nervy mental stuff starts to kick in.  Either way, it’s there to build confidence.  It sets the tone for the rest of your lifts, and even the rest of the competition.  If you set the bar too high, the rest of the meet will seem like a chore... and nobody wants to walk away with a "0" because they over shot it.

Your Second Attempt

Presuming your opening went well, this is where you’ll find yourself getting close to PR territory. This is normally a middle ground to the final attempt where you go for broke.  Think that this is where you want to aim 95-97% of your end target and typically somewhere around 98% of your max.   Think of it as your launching point into the glory you should visualize as your final attempt. 

Didn't make that first attempt?  Don't stress.  Take one moment longer than you think you need to stop, relax, visualize yourself coming back and making the attempt and give yourself the cue you need to hit your weight and move on.

Your Third Attempt

Finally!  The third attempt!  Go for gold! Take a second to be present with how #2 felt, and choose your jump from there.  Once you made up your mind, don't touch the bar until you've made the lift in your head.  Whatever you do - NEVER MATCH your PR.  If you aren't 100% on competition day, hit what you are going to hit, but if you are near the magic number, throw the .5 kilo plates on.  Matching a PR is settling.  NEVER SETTLE.

Four Days Left to Register for the ULO!

Congrats to our three teams who competed at Moxie Madness this weekend!!  Check out all the great photos on the UB Athlete Facebook page!

Registration for the 2016 Ultimate Lift Off on September 10th closes this Thursday! 

Want to throw around some heavy weights in a friendly competitive environment?  Want to have a crowd cheer you on to your next PR and maybe take home some prizes in the process?  Fill out our maxes form (no worries if you don't know your maxes)  and register below to get in on the fun!!

Here's how the event works gonna work:

  • You will have 20 minutes to find your maximum snatch and clean and jerk.
  • New this year: You will have 16 minutes to find your maximum back squat, bench press, and deadlift
  • You will have 3 attempts at your heaviest weight for each lift.
  • You will perform all the lifts in order: snatch, clean and jerk, back squat, bench press, and deadlift. To participate in the competition, you must attempt all five lifts.
  • Heats will start every 20 minutes. If you are late, you cannot lift.  No exceptions.
  • Your score will be calculated by Sinclair for your Oly lifts and Wilks formula (each lift by pounds lifted to body weight) for your power lifts. (New this year: All athletes will weigh in at the beginning of the day)
  • A complete list of rules (including the requirements for each lift) will be posted Tuesday the 6th in the gym along with the start list.

Feeling a little gun shy?  Are you a recovering injured athlete?  Want to support your fellow UBers taking on the Ultimate Lift Off?  Now's your chance! 

Calling All Volunteers

Calling all Volunteers!

Are you not quite ready for the competitive lifting stage?  Are you a recovering injured athlete?  Do you want to support your fellow UBers taking on the Ultimate Lift Off?  Now's your chance! 

We are looking for volunteers for the Ultimate Lift Off to help weigh in athletes, judge, and coordinate a great event! Interested?  Fill out the form on the link below.

Thanks in advance!!!

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The 2016 Ultimate Lift Off

Have you been watching the Olympic Lifting in Rio?  Did you see US lifter Sarah Robles take Bronze??  Are you inspired??  Good!  Because the ULTIMATE LIFT OFF is coming!

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Bring your gains and get ready to rumble!  It's UB's 5th year of getting our super totals on (Snatch, Clean & Jerk, Squat, Bench, Deadlift).  Who's game?

Here's how the event works gonna work:

  • You will have 20 minutes to find your maximum snatch and clean and jerk.
  • New this year: You will have 16 minutes to find your maximum back squat, bench press, and deadlift
  • You will have 3 attempts at your heaviest weight for each lift.
  • You will perform all the lifts in order: snatch, clean and jerk, back squat, bench press, and deadlift. To participate in the competition, you must attempt all five lifts.
  • Heats will start every 20 minutes. If you are late, you cannot lift.  No exceptions.
  • Your score will be calculated by Sinclair for your Oly lifts and Wilks formula (each lift by pounds lifted to body weight) for your power lifts. (New this year: All athletes will weigh in at the beginning of the day)
  • A complete list of rules (including the requirements for each lift) will be posted Friday in the gym along with the start list.
  • To secure your spot please do both of the following by September 1st:
    1. Register for the event here.
    2. Fill out our maxes form so we can assign you a heat.

Ultimate Lift Off Round Up

Did you miss the action last weekend?  Here are some of the day's memorable moments.