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Olympic Weightlifting Competition: Saturday 3 December


If you’ve been following the Olympic Weightlifting Club Programming, you’ll have noticed we peak every 6 weeks and try for some new PBs as we max-out our lifts. Well, your 6 weeks are almost up! Only this time we’re running a Weightlifting-style competition including all the medals and glory. There will be medals for top 3 Female and top 3 Male Athletes.


It will be scored on the “Sinclair System,” which is a clever equation that takes bodyweight into account before giving you your final score. We will also take into account ‘Masters’ Lifters those of you 35 and over ( yep, sorry to say you’re called a master). I will be judging it by weightlifting standards; so no ‘CrossFit lifts’ (e.g. no press outs). However, power cleans and power snatches will be fine, so don’t worry if you struggle to hit full depth sometimes.


The competition starts at 12:30, when you will be weighed in (in private) and then asked for your opening lifts. The first lifts will be at 13:00 with a warm-up area in the back room. You will have 3 attempts at the Snatch then 3 attempts at Clean and Jerk taking your highest total out of the 3 of each and adding together to be given a ‘total’. Example:

Joe Snatch Attempts: 60/65/67x10535121_608754905905904_654081332_a

Joe Clean & Jerk attempts: 85/95x/95

His Best Snatch was 65 as he missed his last attempt and his best Clean & Jerk was 95 after missing it once.

Joe’s Total: 160


It’s a no-pressure, fun afternoon, just like we do in class times where we cheer everyone on for their PBs; only this time it could lead to winning a medal.

This competition is open to all: any current CrossFit London or CrossFit SE11 member. Even if you are not regular attendees of the WLC, you are welcome to participate.

Date: Saturday 3rd December 2016

Time: 12.30

Place: 9 Malcolm place ( be there or be square )

Book in now on MBO

Email me at if you have any further questions.

Chinese-Style Olympic Lifting Seminar with Gaby Q of Venus Weighlifting

Venus Weightlifting Tour

Back in 2014, Gaby Q was a familiar face at CrossFit London, before moving to China and setting up her own gym: Venus Weightlifting Club.


Venus Weightlifting Club is the first and, so far, the biggest weightlifting club in China, with more than 300 members, and official partner of the Chinese Weightlifting Association. The club is aimed at promoting Chinese-style Olympic weightlifting as well as host of the best amateur weightlifting competition in the country. The VW Club also hosts the Venus Weightlifting Cup: the biggest amateur weightlifting competition in China. This year it was held in the very heart of Shanghai city and 145 athletes from six countries competed.


As the foundGaby Qer of VWC, Gaby has trained with several top coaches in China which including Wang Guoxin, the head coach of Chinese weightlifting national women’s team. Gaby is also a CrossFit level 2 trainer and CrossFit Weightlifting Level 2 trainer.


While she’s back in the UK over the Christmas period, Gaby has offered to hold a seminar at CrossFit London to introduce our members to some of the intricacies of Chinese-style lifting. This two hour seminar to be held on Wednesday 28th Sept from 18:30 in 10 Malcolm Place. The seminar will include:

1 Main concepts of Chinese-style olympic weightlifting.

2. The difference between the Chinese lift and the European lift.

3. The signature ‘Duck Walk’.

4. Venus Barbell Warmup for weightlifting.

5. Q&A Session.


Venus Weightlifting Tour

The cost for the two hour session is £15, and you can book in here via workshops.


Come prepared to lift with appropriate footwear, shorts, t-shirt and relevant accoutrements.


This is not a seminar for absolute beginners. You will need to have completed the CrossFit London Level 1 course (or equivalent) and be familiar with the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk.

Fix your Olympic lifts with Chloe Cassar

Every year, or so it seems, a new Olympic Weightlifting guru pops out of the wood work and proclaims a new olympic weightlifting secret .The reality is that  olympic weightlifting wisdom is fairly settled.
What newish lifters need to  focus on is not magic pills, but basic corrections to obvious faults!
In the forth coming Crossfit London Olympic weightlifting masterclass, we are going to unleash the amazing Chloe Cassar on your Clean and Jerk and Snatch, and she is going to try and fix  some of your more obvious faults.  Book here for her 14th May seminar

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