2013 AAPF Powerlifting Nationals Part 2 Raw and Crossfit

2013 AAPF Powerlifting Nationals Part 2 Raw and Crossfit

May 19, 2013

 

Yeah, you read that right – Crossfit.  I have now watched a crossfit meet and feel fully justified in either making fun or expressing horror at form.

OK, yeah, I’m a powerlifter with views about such things.  I will admit I have lots to learn in powerlifting – but racing through deadlifts and clean and jerk, coupled with other exercises that exhaust the associated muscles.  Phew.  I am including some video from the competition, including some of the instruction, below.

[pro-player width=’530′ height=’253′ type=’video’]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C-1JFA50v8[/pro-player]

Besides my opinion, I do have to say that Sunday’s Crossfit meet drew a number of the crowd from the powerlifting competition.  There is no doubt about the athletisism demonstrated by the competitors, especially in basic strength and endurance.  It is also a little more active than powerlifting – everything is on the move.  My concerns are directly related to proper lifting, which is difficult enough in a single deadlift, for instance, let alone when you are required to thrust your hips all the way forward with semi-straight legs from the start, and pull your shoulders all the way back.  I think that the deadlifts and clean and jerk were my primary concerns.

The race, itself, was quite exciting – and no singlets required!

Raw lifting was a lot of fun.  Far more lifters than on the equipped day (about double).  There was great representation by a number of teams including: Team Stone, Monster Garage Gym, Exile Barbell, Pro Gym, Detroit Barbell, XXXPowerlifting, Progressive Power and many others.  The great thing about this sport is the teamwork at all levels.

There were four flights of 15, 19, 20 and 18 raw lifters.

Another great thing about raw lifting is that the number of female lifters is far higher, making it more competitive.  Following are a few random highlights from the meet:

[pro-player width=’530′ height=’253′ type=’video’]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB0N11-30HU[/pro-player]

There is another fun difference with raw lifting and that is the age range of many of them.  It is one of the points that I do enjoy about raw competition (although, I am more addicted to the weights handled in equipped and less joint pain!) – ages!  There is definitely a broad range from young teen to 70s and 80s, something I look forward too in the far, far distant future!

A couple of cool videos of additional lifters:

[pro-player width=’530′ height=’253′ type=’video’]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0wXTtvaT-8[/pro-player]

 

[pro-player width=’530′ height=’253′ type=’video’]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STfqmoL9qFg[/pro-player]

 

[pro-player width=’530′ height=’253′ type=’video’]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnZ0TnQ99UQ[/pro-player]

 

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