Changes

Changes – whether they are expected or not – can sometimes feel as much a part of life as breathing.  Within the next month, we will be moving away from Manhattan, Kansas (a place we’ve called home since 2008) back to the New York/New Jersey area to pursue new things.  I completely transitioned from the military and Renee is preparing to get another graduate degree in preparation for a teaching assignment at West Point.  However, through all this, we’re still providing whomever comes to us with the tools needed to be successful and reach your fullest potential!

This past March, we attended a fantastic seminar led by Russian superstar and 2008 Olympic Silver medalist Dmitry Klokov.  The man is an absolute monster.  We watched him go after a 189-kg pause snatch – one kilo less than his PR – six times, then transition to power cleaning and pressing 160kg (apparently, his best is 180kg … yes, 180).  After watching him furiously train for one hour, it was time to get to work and teach.  The lessons were amazing.  Considering he’s learned English from scratch within the last year, there wasn’t a language barrier like some might expect.  He provided brief yet thorough descriptions, highlighted Russian culture and their approach to weightlifting, and was extremely personable.  I strongly encourage people to attend if they have the chance.  The minor yet absolutely important changes we brought back with us led to a number of PRs for a couple of our lifters so far.

Olympus Barbell coaches Javi and Renée with Dmitry Klokov.

Olympus Barbell coaches Javi and Renée with Dmitry Klokov.

I used to think I was the most hands-on coach.  Klokov was consistently grabbing you to get into the most ideal positions possible.  Here, you can see Klokov pulling my elbows to an exaggerated forward position to beat in the final position in a vertical pull.  He did this with everyone and would hold you in each position for periods of time that made you want to cry.

I used to think I was the most hands-on coach. Klokov was consistently grabbing you to get into the most ideal positions possible. Here, you can see Klokov pulling my elbows to an exaggerated forward position to beat in the final position in a vertical pull. He did this with everyone and would hold you in each position for periods of time that made you want to cry.

Klokov and Javi taking one final photo.  He gave us two high praise on our form!

Klokov and Javi taking one final photo. He gave us two high praise on our form and encouraged us to continue teaching the way we do!

As the changes continue to come, we’ll do our best to keep you posted.  Until then, keep checking in and do your part to get better by getting in contact with one of us!  Our move will not impede on our ability to provide you with accurate and timely services, so feel free to reach out to us.

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  1. George Fluter

    So sorry to hear that you’ll be leaving the Little Apple for the Big Apple, but the only constant is change. I appreciate all of your dedication to our country and to our sport. We first met at the Catalyst Athletics seminar in KC at Coach Rut’s place, and I’ve enjoyed seeing you at the local meets. Keep up the good work. Best wishes to you and your wife. Maybe our paths will cross again sometime in the future. Stay safe.
    Regards, George Fluter

    • George,

      I appreciate the extremely kind words. It was awesome to have met you – one of the best parts of doing this!

      Our paths will cross again one day. Please stay in touch and, as always, be well!

      Cheers,
      Javi

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