What’s the Deal with Barbell Club?

If you’re ready to take your weightlifting to the next level, CF9 Barbell Club is right up your alley.

What is It?

We introduced CF9 Barbell Club a few months ago with the aim of introducing Olympic Weightlifting culture at CrossFit9. We want to build awareness and appreciation for a sport we borrow from in many CrossFit WODs, and provide a pathway for athletes who would like to specialize and even go on to compete in weightlifting meets. (After all, we’re a Certified USA Weightlifting Club!)

Vocabulary Lesson: Olympic weightlifting, often shortened to Weightlifting, refers to the Snatch and Clean & Jerk, the events contested at the Summer Olympics– including the one this summer in Rio!

Check out our own George B. at 2016 Senior Nationals!

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How Is It Different from CrossFit?

CF9 Barbell sessions differ from our CrossFit classes in several ways.

The biggest difference you’ll see is that CF9 Barbell is a self-led class, with coaches milling about to help athletes break down and fine-tune their form when and where necessary. For that reason, we ask athletes to wait until they’ve had at least 6 months of consistent weightlifting in CrossFit classes before attending CF9 Barbell Club. (Brand new to barbell movements? Scroll down to the bottom!)

Athletes will self-select the best warm-up and mobility work for their body, capping off with assigned light barbell movements to get ready to roll. The programming is written on the white board, allowing lifters to move through at their own pace, taking a couple minutes of rest in between sets. We suggest sharing a platform with someone about your strength, and you’ll be able to help each other set up and break down equipment more quickly.

You Can Be Late. You read that right. Unlike our CrossFit classes, which start immediately at the allotted time, CF9 Barbell is an open lifting session. So if you can make it with an hour to spare and get right to work, you can still get a good session in.

  • Monday Barbell Club 6:30–8:00 pm in the West Room
  • Friday Barbell Club 5:30–7:00 pm in the West Room

It’s a Whole Lotta Fun!

It’s true. We love to blast music, chalk up, and get down to business. High fives are highly encouraged. No jerks allowed (except the lifting kind– wink!).

Last week we hosted “Lbs. for Liberty”, our first max out party. Everyone wore their red, white, and blue and kicked off the Fourth of July weekend by looking for a new one rep max in Snatch and Clean & Jerk. There were some misses and a few ugly lifts, but for the most part #9Nation made it RAIN personal records! We toasted the awesome results with a few brews afterwards. Take a look for yourself:

Beginners, Start Here!

If you’re watching that video and think, “I could never do that,” we’re here to help you surprise yourself. Even if you’ve never touched a barbell before, we’ve got you covered.

Join us for our Beginner Barbell class Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. Because we want to give you as much 1-on-1 attention as possible, we cap attendance for this class.

  • Members can RSVP by going to Wodify > Calendar > “Program: Olympic Weightlifting” > and select the next Beginner Barbell class to RSVP.
  • Not yet a member? Sign up here and let us know in the notes if you’d like to get in on the next Beginner Barbell class!

Ready to take this to the next level? Let’s go!