Barbell Camp Session 1

Last night I finished up coaching my first weightlifting class. I’ve done lots of private coaching and a few split sessions but never a group. It was such a joy to work with these athletes and I was really excited to see the progress they made. I’m working on uploading their 1rm attempts from last night so you can see their progress.

The class has consistently asked to continue on for another 8 weeks and so we are. Something cool is in 8 weeks a local weightlifting meet will be happening, so we are all going to train for that meet. I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me now. Uniforms for everyone, USAW memberships, meet preparation, etc.

A year ago, I wouldn’t have thought this would be happening! I am so blessed to have this opportunity. Haven’t people who want to learn the lifts, get better at the small things and put what they’re learning on display (compete); those things haven’t been around in a long time.

Sitting and things about this reminds me of 1 Corinthians chapter 1 verses 26 – 31. Why does this fit? Because as a coach it is easy to just start taking credit and bragging and making it all about yourself, when it isn’t, it’s all about Jesus and using what He has given us (skills, talents, opportunity, resources) for His Glory and His righteousness.

“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31 ESV)

This is one of our youngest littered who now clean and jerks more that his body weight at 14 years old (155 lbs.)

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