Yesterday on Weightlifting Talk (http://www.spreaker.com/page#!/user/weightlifting_talk/greg_everett) my friend Greg Everett joined me and Jon North in a discussion about his upcoming Documentary Film “American Weightlifting”. We also discussed the future of American Weightlifting. I loved the fact that we were all positive. We gave solutions and ideas. I feel like I am a small part of the Evolution of American Weightlifting.
I believe that there is a new generation of Weightlifter that wants to see the sport grow. A generation that has the energy to bring the sport to the people. A generation that wants to show public the reason they have such extraordinary passion for the sport of Weightlifting. With the help of social media and CrossFit, I believe that people like Jon North, Greg Everett, and myself are showing the public why the sport of Weightlifting is so exciting.
CrossFit has taken the world by storm with millions of fans world wide. For the first time in history, people are starting to know and respect the Snatch and Clean & Jerk. A MashEliter Lisa Sokolsky told me a story about watching the Crossfit Games with her husband Mitch. Mitch wasn’t really interested until he saw the Clean & Jerk ladder. When people see 300+lbs heaved above someone’s head, they realize how awesome it is.
We have all tried lifting various rocks, hay, or other objects, so the public can identify with certain weights being lifted from the ground to overhead. It’s the most functional movement on earth. Especially when you add in the beauty and grace of a well performed Snatch or Clean & Jerk, people are left in awe.
Yesterday after the show, I was left motivated to take the sport to the world. I am blessed to already have a Weightlifting Team, but I want to take the sport to the schools. I want to have weightlifting in every school in my area. The sport of Weightlifting is superior when it comes to comes to Athletic Performance. That’s why I think that it’s a good fit for all schools. We just need the man power and education systems put in place to educate the community leaders.
I just feel so blessed to be a part of this movement. The pioneers of the past have laid a wonderful foundation for the current generation to run with. I just thank God that I am friends and partners with men like Greg Everett, Jon North, Glenn Pendlay, Spencer Arnold, and Donnie Shankle. We all love, sweat, and bleed the sport of Weightlifting. I believe this passion will spill over onto the world!
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