CFF at the 2014 Bay State Games

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CrossFit Fenway had 4  lifters (down from 6 due to a couple late scratches) entered in the 2014 Bay State Games Olympic Weightlifting competition.  Cynthia, Ky, Matt N, and I spent this past Sunday at UMass Boston weighing in, wearing singlets, snatching, cleaning & jerking.  It was a first meet for 3 of us, and 2 of us went home with medals ’round our necks.cynthia snatch

This was Cynthia’s first meet, and she was heading into it off a handful of recent PRs.  She made her first 2 snatch attempts look easy at 42kg and 47kg respectively, and got up to 60kg for her final clean & jerk, increasing the weight despite having the previous lift taken away by the referees.  Cynthia hit 4 out of 6 lifts (as they say, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad), and totaled 107kg for a very solid debut meet.

ky clean and jerkKy was the only one of us with previous experience in this competition setting, and it showed, as she seemed comfortable working her way through the day.  Ky went 5 for 6, matched her meet PR in the snatch at 46kg, and PR’d her meet clean & jerk with a 60kg effort, for a meet PR total of 106kg en route to a silver medal in the women’s 53kg division.  Way to go Ky!

Matt N is fairly new to Weightlifting, although I guess we all are relatively speaking.  He had an idea of where he wanted to open in the snatch, but the lifts felt easy as he warmed up, so he managed a PR on the warm up platform.  Matt stuck with his planned opener of 45kg, matched his recently established PR of 50kg with his second attempt, and hit a new PR of 52kg on his final snatch.  Matt matched his PR in the clean & jerk with 70kg on his second lift, finishing with a total of 122kg.  Good first meet, and I’m sure he learned a lot that he can use for the next one.matt snatch

I’ve spent some quality time hanging out at Olympic Weightlifting meets, programmed and coached for them, and generally think about lifting a lot, but I’d never competed.  It’s very different than most CrossFit competitions, or any race I’ve ever done.  I spent last week stressing about my weight, and my openers.  Fortunately it all came together on Sunday, and I was in a position to medal on my final lift of the day.  I hit a 106kg clean & jerk to take bronze in the men’s 69kg division with a 181kg total.  A few hours later I realized it was a PR.  The final results are nice, but I’m more proud of the performing under pressure.  If I wanted to be on the podium, I had to hit a number, and did it.

All of us agreed that competing in Olympic Weightlifting is fun, even going as far as to call it addictive, though that may have been the adrenaline talking.  Just like the CrossFit community, the Olympic Weightlifting community is generally very friendly and welcoming.  I’m very proud of all of our athletes, and look forward to coaching and competing with them again in the future.  Finally, a special thanks to Yosh for taking time on a Sunday to make his way over to help coach and guide us.

July 15, 2014
Split Jerk 2-2-2-2-2-2

2 Rope Ascents (no jumping starts)
20 Wall Ball Shots (20#/14#)
200m Run


Hyball is Coming… August 8-10, Sean O’Connell is hosting his annual softball and camping weekend to benefit the Sean Collier Scholarship Fund. A$100 donation includes: 2 nights in the Camp Lyndon cabins, an American Apparel t-shirt with custom logo, new sunglasses, Dunkin’ breakfast and Chipotle lunch on Saturday, all of your keg beer for the weekend, and live graffiti work by Vert Series painter Merk ThoseAll remaining proceeds will be donated to Sean’s scholarship, and matched by Dell Inc. You can register at, or by bringing a check to Sean at CFF in the evening. Morning regulars can coordinate by emailing Sean here.

  12 comments for “CFF at the 2014 Bay State Games

  1. Tom Matlack
    July 15, 2014 at 7:12 am

    185# for 1 and 175# for 2. Felt slightly better but still a real weakness.
    5 plus 22 RX. Great job all specially Shane, shorty and Sam for the push. My Michael Jackson glove worked great. Just wish Rachel would stop stealing my wheel and rope!

    • Tom Matlack
      July 15, 2014 at 9:38 am

      … And congrats to the competitors. Hats off specially on the killer clean/jerks. I have trouble with just the jerk part.

  2. SamB
    July 15, 2014 at 7:41 am

    SJ: 235 … got 245 for 1. felt a little weak today.
    wod: 5+22+run (made it about 50m) great race with shane (we were all chasing him), shorty and Tom. It was all about who could get back on the wall and off of it fastest!
    Great sweaty work 530!!!
    great job competitors!

  3. Kate
    July 15, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Today was a perfect blend of my biggest weaknesses –double unders, split jerk, wall balls.
    SJ: 80#
    WOD: 3+ 18 with 12# ball
    Way to push through it 6 am!

  4. Shane B
    July 15, 2014 at 8:39 am

    SJ – 245# – felt good – only got 5 sets in, could definitely of finished heavier
    WOD – 5+22+100m Rx – that was brutal – did my best to stay ahead of the big guys on this one…having them on my tail kept me going, thanks guys!

    Nice work 5:30…it was hot and sweaty in there!

    Congrats to the competitors!

  5. Shorty
    July 15, 2014 at 9:25 am

    SJ: 185# With Sam on this one. Felt a little weak on this today.
    WOD: 5+22 Rx
    *Fun* race with Shane, Sam, and Tom. It felt like the humidity was about 120% in the gym today, but glad to have everyone else in the big 5:30 class suffering with me. Great work everyone.

    Congrats to all of those who competed this weekend! Looked totally badass.

    • Cal
      July 15, 2014 at 11:32 am

      you all looked totally badass in those singlets, too. nothing says sexy like a spandex suit. congrats on great performances!!

  6. Tim
    July 15, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    SJ: 145# – was really not feeling this today.
    WOD: 5+20 Rx

    Humidity was out. of. control. Would love to tackle this one again in better weather. Congrats to everyone that competed! Very impression and looking sharp!

  7. eric
    July 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm


  8. Ky
    July 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Split jerk: 140 lb

    Metcon: 3+22 Rx

  9. Jason
    July 15, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Split Jerk = 155#

    WOD = 4+12 Rx

  10. Elyse
    July 16, 2014 at 9:59 am

    split jerk: 105#
    wod: 4 +15 Rx

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