Saturday was a long but a most excellent day. A caravan of Intrepids including Ruth, Mike, Avelyne, and I met up at the Inland Sports Center in Rancho Cucamonga to cheer Marcus on in the USPA California State Powerlifting Championship. Marcus was in the Raw division so he only lifted with a weight belt, but surprisingly there were a lot of lifters that day using squat suits and bench shirts to assist their lifts. Luckily they were all grouped in different categories to keep it fair to the Raw lifters.
Of all of the lifts, Marcus was most concerned about his back squats because this lift has caused him some injury trouble in the past and his knee had flared up about a week before the competition causing him some worry. But as we know the Emperor to do, he mobilized and warmed up well and his knee was a non-factor on Saturday. Here’s Marcus’s final back squat attempt at 142.5kg (314#) and a new PR!
After getting through the next few flights of guys in squat suits so tight they couldn’t walk right, we finally moved onto bench press where Marcus again shined. He set another PR at 127.5kg (281#) on his final attempt.
After grabbing a bit to eat and watching the guys lifting with bench press shirts that made them walk around like mummies, we were ready to deadlift. Marcus made it through his warmups with ease. It was he was ready to put up some big numbers and show off his new Skater Socks in the process. Here’s his third and final attempt at 172.5kg (380#) also setting a new PR!
When it was all over Marcus had made 9 out of 9 lifts, hit a new PR in each, and achieved a new total PR of 975#, only 25# shy of his 1,000# goal. Thanks to the Intrepid family for your support, pre-competition acupuncture/massage, and kind words of encouragement for Marcus.
Also, the end of March is upon us, and today we’ll revisit our Vertical Jump Challenge this month. Hopefully everyone’s legs aren’t too shot from the past few WODs, and you’ll be able to show off your hops today. The leaders from the beginning of the month are J.T. for the men and Holley for the women, but watch out because I’m almost positive there are some sleepers and sandbaggers out there ready to literally jump ahead of you! So make it in if you can, but if you can’t don’t worry as we’ll also revisit it tomorrow before Thursday’s Gymnastics class as well. Prizes will be given to the male and female with the highest vertical jumps, so get in on the March Challenge!
Vertical Jump Challenge
3 Rounds for time:
30 Wallball Shots
10 Knees to Elbows
(WOD courtesy of CrossFit Inland Valley)