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We had a great turnout at Evolution Fitness and Tucson Barbell Club for the 1st Tucson Barbell Club Open this past Saturday, April 18th. A huge thanks to Jeremy Galo and Iron Athlete for coming out and helping us put on a great meet. Also a big thanks to the referees, loaders, and set up/breakdown crew that spent their day helping out. This was a great day for the sport of Olympic Weightlifting in Tucson.
TUCSON BARBELL CLUB OPEN APRIL 18th, 2015
Women Weigh-in: 9am
Women Lifting Starts:11am
Men Weigh-in: 12pm
Men Lifting Starts at 2pm
April 18th Meet
|1||Geoff Ibe||Elizabeth Zapata|
|2||Tyler Friedrich||Suzy Timmerman|
|3||Chris San Jose||Leslie Johnson|
|4||Joel Funk||Billi Mayfield|
|5||Yale Jesser||Stephanie Dudash|
|6||James Ellis||Kelsey Bennett|
|7||Christopher Gartrell||Marilyn Chychota|
|8||Daniel Lazzeri||Dorothy Huynh|
|9||Luis Cruz||Elizabeth Stuart|
|10||Ryan Conley||Stephanie Espinoza|
|11||Aaron Hultstrand||Alana Carrasco|
|12||Sean Bondy||Liz Sandoval|
|13||Rusty Mixer||Somone Johnson|
|14||Andrew Lee||Meghan Rovig|
|15||Shane Parton||Alyssa Sullivan|
|16||Ken Urakawa||Melissa York|
|17||Brandon Wright||Alexandra Hardie|
|18||Dave Plumb||Lisa Ginn|
|19||Chester Lau||Cherity Lunak|
|20||William Rupert||Jackie Luciano|
|21||Ivan Rudik||Kelsey Walcott|
|22||Jaydon Golden||Rui Motoyoshi|
|23||Eugene Shem||Julie Hammond|
We are very happy to announce the newest addition to our Evolution Fitness Team. As all of you know we have very high standards for the trainers we bring on staff and we couldn’t be happier to have Aris on our Team. He is coming all the way from the East Coast to be a part of the Evolution Fitness Team. He is an SFL Barbell Certified, and FMS Level 2. `He has numerous other courses and certifications, but as many of you know, these alone speak volumes of his strength and pursuit of knowledge as a professional. Aris will be teaching classes and one on one sessions beginning the week of April 20th. I asked Aris to write a bit about himself and his philosophy and I wanted to share it with everyone.
I started training in highschool mostly because I did not want to embarrass myself taking the mandatory fitness test in gym class. Already done with my growth spurt, I weighed around a hundred and fifteen pounds, and could not do a single full chin-up. It took me over ten minutes to ‘run’ a mile.
A few thousand sloppily done reps calisthenics later, I passed that fitness test –and was completely hooked. I trained constantly and began reading everything I could get my hands on. As luck would have it, the first book I read was Pavel Tsatsouline’s Power to the People.
I spent the first few years focusing on bodyweight training and kettlebells, next came sandbags and odd objects when I started to like lifting. I mainly trained with barbells throughout college.
Pavel has been my longest standing influence, but is far from the only one. Ken Leistner, Dan John, John McKean, Bryce Lane, Alex Viada, and Matt Perryman have, along with Pavel, probably had more influence on my beliefs than anyone else.
Danny asked me to describe my philosophy. I think I’ve narrowed it down to ten rules that I try to live and work by, all pretty common-sensical:
-Whether learning or training, always try to focus. It’s impossible to be the best/smartest at everything.
-Learn from the experts in a given field whenever possible.
-Don’t drink anyone’s kool-aid. No one has all the answers. And remember… it’s just working out. Doing it a certain way doesn’t make us special.
-Experience training oneself and others is at least as valuable as book knowledge for any coach.
-Being able to teach the basics well and knowing and when to start incorporating anything beyond them is the most useful skill for a trainer to have.
-Circumstances should dictate goals.
-Do what works, now. There is no ‘what works, period.’
-Long term discipline and consistency trump short term motivation and intensity.
-Progress should be the standard, not perfection
-To use a car analogy: when in doubt, build a better chassis (improve functional movement), add a more powerful engine (develop more maximal strength) and a bigger gas tank (increase aerobic capacity). Those form the basis for physical ability.
A couple weeks ago a new client came into the gym and his focus was to get into great shape. Never mind there were numerous red flags with his movement, he didn’t care. He wanted to lose some weight and get thin. I insisted he do a handful of 1 on 1 personal training sessions so that we could spend some time working with him to make sure he understood the movements, as well learn numerous mobility drills and warmups he needed prior to taking classes. During the first session I hear Jeremy (our trainer) say “You need to be more mindful when you pick the kettlebell up.” He just looked at Jeremy and said (with a heavy New York accent) “Mindful? what does that mean? I just want to pick it up and workout.” He seemed irritated and pretty confused. It was a real eye opener for me in many ways. Not that I am surprised people aren’t mindful when they train, but that they don’t even get that mindfulness is a part of training. I personally can’t train without being mindful, I have run out of luck when it comes to that so it just has to be a part of what I do.
Mindlessness is Status Quo
Myself and Sr. SFG Jeremy Layport were teaching a StrongFirst Kettlebell Course this weekend and we found ourself repeating over and overagain to be mindful to all the participants.