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?
During CrossFit workouts I felt as though I was struggling with form and technique on pretty much every movement involving a barbell. Additionally, I was intrigued by the barbell classes going on while I took class. Finally, the combination of my own frustration with my abilities (or lack thereof) and curiosity led me to asking Lesha and Joe about barbell. Once I started taking barbell classes, I felt my form and lifts improving within the first week. After that, it wasn’t long before I felt myself getting stronger and finding barbell class my favorite part of the day.
Tell us one thing about yourself that no one in the gym knows about you.
I have perfectly flat feet and my footprint after stepping out of a pool is extremely noticeable.
What is your Athletic background?
Slim to none! I played soccer, softball, basketball, and ran track during grade school, but gradually fell off sports and into partying and eating garbage through most of high school and college. After college, I moved home and decided I couldn’t be both
out of shape AND living with my parents, so I bought a bike and started to ride on a local trail. Since then I’ve been looking for ways to diversify my workouts and further challenge myself and I’ve gotten into running, CrossFit, yoga, barbell, etc.
What is your favorite of the two competition lifts and why?
The snatch. When I started barbell, I struggled with it and hated it. Since working to string together the Snatch DL, “the pop,” and catch (and actually hitting it now and then), it’s become one of the most rewarding lifts to complete – Snatch Magic!
What do you find most rewarding with the competition style of lifting?
Feeling actual improvement and progress. I was pretty big into running for a few years. I probably ran in over 30 races ranging from a 5k to a half marathon, but I never became a faster or more efficient runner. Sticking to barbell programming for just six weeks moved my snatch from around 31kg to 38kg, which was a big deal for me.
Do you have any goals or aspirations to compete?
Yes. I recently competed in the Summer Sizzle. It was my first USAW Competition, but I don’t think it’ll be my last. Being my first competition, I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect during the actual comp., and it didn’t go exactly as I thought it would. I think if I were to compete again I would place stricter emphasis on what I was eating while training.
How has Novem Barbell Club impacted your training and your life?
Novem Barbell has emphasized that hard work yields positive results. As mentioned previously, I’m not a fast person in general. So, where I really love CrossFit, I’m probably not going to make a fierce competitor. Barbell allows me to maintain a healthy lifestyle, improve, and work toward goals at my own pace.