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“American Weightlifting: The Documentary”

By Sean | In Events and Announcements, Olympic Weightlifting | on November 11, 2013


Weightlifting in the United States is experiencing somewhat of a resurgence in large part to the CrossFit community who are exposed to the lifts through their CrossFit workouts. However, compared to other nations like China, Russia, and many eastern european nations, weightlifting is a staple of the athletic culture of the country. As Greg mentions in the trailer posted below, Weightlifting is viewed in those countries how football, basketball, or baseball are watched here in the U.S. It wasn’t always this way, however. During the 1950s and 1960s the United States was a powerhouse in Weightlifting but for reasons too numerous to go into here, Weightlifting popularity declined in the U.S. while other nations embraced it.

Greg Everett, owner of Catalyst Athletics, is not only an excellent coach but one of Weightlifting’s biggest proponents. Through his creative use of the internet, social media, and printed publications, he has become a valuable Weightlifting resource to coaches and lifters around the world. Ruth and I have had to honor of working with Greg and we can say that he’s done so much to help us improve both as lifters and coaches. We are excited to help spread the word that Greg is close to releasing his latest project, a movie entitled American Weightlifting: The Documentary. The movie tells the story of American Weightlifting from its roots, through its glory days, to where it is now. The movie includes interviews with some of the best and most experienced coaches and athletes around the country, as well as footage of some of America’s brightest lifters doing what they do best, lifting weights. The official release date is this Friday, November 16, 2013, but you aren’t likely to find it in any theaters, only by purchasing the digital download or the DVD itself on the Catalyst Athletics site. See the trailer below for a glimpse into the documentary:

See the movie, sign up for Weightlifting classes, sign-up for the Intrepid Invitational on Dec 7th, and before you know it you’ll be dreaming of lifting, watching way too many Weightlifting videos, and developing giant quads and callouses on your thumbs. You’ve become a Weightlifter. Even if you aren’t looking to become engrossed in the Weightlifting mystique, you can still…

I'll leave you with this parting message...

by checking out the movie or the gear (pictured above) here.

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All of us here at Intrepid Athletics thank our Veterans for their service and contributing in some way to the freedoms we enjoy today. Thank you for all you do or have done in service to this great country.

WOD 11.11.13

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U.S. FBI Supervisory Special Agent Gregory J. Rahoi, 38, of Brookfield, WI, assigned to the Hostage Rescue Team, based in Quantico, VA, was killed on December 6, 2006, during a live-fire tactical training exercise at Fort A.P. Hill, near Bowling Green, VA.

He is survived by his parents, Natalie and Richard, sister Teri, and fiancee Paula Paulk.

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One Comment to "“American Weightlifting: The Documentary”"

  • Katie M says:

    November 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM -

    A big thank you to all our Intrepid Veterans today and always!

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