Behind the scenes with our Barbell Athlete of the Month,Nicole!
How or when did your focus shift to concentrating on Novem’s Barbell Club programming?
I’ve always enjoyed the Olympic lifts as a CrossFit athlete, but never really spent much time working on them since the gym I used to go to didn’t have a barbell club, lifting platforms or even any dedicated lifting space. A goal of mine in recent years was to compete in a weightlifting meet, and with the Novem Barbell Club on-site it was finally time to hold myself accountable to that goal. After 6 years of only CrossFit, I started attending barbell class 3 days a week this past January.
Tell us one thing about yourself that no one in the gym knows about you.
I have dual citizenship (US and Italy)
What is your Athletic background?
My parents got me and all of my brothers into sports early. I started with gymnastics in grade school, then moved on to lacrosse and field hockey in middle and high school. I continued field hockey into adulthood through college intramural and then part of a competitive adult traveling league. I play defense because I hate running.
What is your favorite of the two competition lifts and why?
My favorite lift is the snatch, mostly because I am amazed at how effortless the world-class competitors can make it look. I also love “that” feeling when I hit a lift that feels the same way to me.
What do you find most rewarding with the competition style of lifting?
I like competitive lifting for the same reason I like any competition. At the end of the day, all that matters is how good you are in that particular moment. I like that everything can go right, but I also find it rewarding that if everything goes wrong, all it means is that today wasn’t your best day. But tomorrow might be.
Do you have any goals or aspirations to compete?
I finally held myself to my goal and signed up for my first competition this year – Liberty Barbell Classic on May 19 th .
How has Novem Barbell Club impacted your training and your life?
The Barbell Club has really helped me with getting to know the people in the gym and reinforces how supportive the CrossFit and lifting communities can be. I’m pretty quiet in most classes, but my Barbell Club mates are always there with a supportive word, constructive feedback, funny jokes, or strange stories to keep the mood upbeat. It helps me stay grounded when I’m having a bad day and is a constant reminder to not take things so seriously. We’re all just working out after all.