Taken from CrossFit Vancouver’s Bathroom Graffiti Section (At least I made the bathroom wall!)
written by Emily Beers
Dave Kitchen knows what’s important
CrossFit without adequate Olympic Weightlifting is like sex without an orgasm: anticlimactic.
This is essentially why Pure Athletics’ Dave Kitchen decided to host an Olympic Weightlifting competition for CrossFitters.
“If you can get good at O-lifting, it will help you way more than anything else in CrossFit…if you can do 20 clean and jerks efficiently after you run 800 meters, you’re going to be way better off,” said Dave Kitchen, owner of Pure Athletics in North Vancouver and the brainchild behind the Olympic Weightlifting competition to be held at Semiahmoo Secondary School in White Rock on February 26th.
The decision to hold the event at the end of February was a strategic one. “The winter is the best time to work on Olympic weightlifting,” said Kitchen. “It’s pissing rain, it’s dark, it can be snowy. You’ve just eaten like shit from Christmas, but that doesn’t affect your lifting that much. There’s no better time to improve your O-lifting,” added Kitchen.
Kitchen is encouraging all levels of CrossFitters to sign up for the event, especially if you’re weak at O-lifting. “I challenged one of the CrossFit Taranis men to sign up. He said to me, ‘But my O-lifting sucks.’ That’s exactly why he should do it,” said Kitchen.
Some of the provinces big-name CrossFitters will be competing at Semiahmoo. 2010 CrossFit Games competitor Alicia Connors will be there with her Taranis teammate, the dangerous Angie Pye. On the men’s side, two-time Games competitor Andrew Swartz will be competing, as is 2010 B.C. Sectionals Champion Pete Kendrick. They’ll be challenged by other Games hopefuls, guys like Steve Howell, Lucas Parker, John Gillis and Jeremy Meredith.
There’s both an individual and a team aspect to the competition. A full team consists of four men and two women, while a half team will be made up of two men and one woman. The individual competition will use the Sinclair method of scoring, while the team event will be based on bodyweight. You will compete once, and your score can be used for both the individual and team competition
The competition, which kicks off at 9 am on Saturday the 26th of February, will be run by the B.C. Weightlifting Association. All judges and scorers will be experienced O-lifting officials. Fitness Town is sponsoring prizes for the event.
To register, go to the CrossFitters O-Lifting Competition Facebook group, where you will find a link to a registration form.
Or e-mail Dave Kitchen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or, do it the old fashion way and contact Kitchen by phone at 604-924-0446.