Regularly Learn and Play New Sports

Do you like picking up heavy things and putting them over your head?  

Towards the end of July each year the Bay State Games Weightlifting competition is held as part of the Bay State Summer Games (Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd, 2018). This event is a sanctioned USA Weightlifting meet, but a USAW membership is not required to participate. Early bird registration (before June 1st) saves you $10. If you’re at all interested in giving the sport of Olympic weightlifting a try, I highly recommend this event as a starting point.

Weightlifting is a very different competition environment than CrossFit. The base of general physical preparedness you have worked hard to establish through CrossFit will most definitely be beneficial though. Preparing for any competition can help drive your training and improvements in specific elements of your fitness. The added mental focus required by and developed through participation in a weightlifting meet will offer a new perspective on training and competition that is useful to any athlete.

Olympic weightlifting features 2 lifts, the snatch and clean & jerk, with 3 attempts in each. The ability to plan and prepare for specific movements, as well as the limited reps means you will not be nearly as beat up coming out of a weightlifting meet compared to a local CrossFit throwdown. Weightlifting is a strength sport, but there are weight classes, so you’ll be competing against similar sized athletes. There are age categories too!

The Bay State Games served as my first weightlifting meet and I’ve had a lot of good experiences coaching and competing over the years. Don’t take my word for it though! Coach Scott competed in 2016 and Jerilyn is a veteran of a couple Bay State Games meets, one of which she used to qualify for National Masters Championships. Please ask them about their experiences. Lele is also preparing to compete this year, so I’ll be there as a coach. If you decide to take on this challenge you will be fully supported.


Please contact me with questions or if you’d like advice on participating.  

“Regularly learn and play new sports.”
– Greg Glassman, CrossFit Founder and CEO