RALEIGH, NC — Raleigh CrossFit is proud to announce that Alex Augustine will be representing Raleigh CrossFit and Raleigh Strength and Conditioning at the 2015 USA Weightlifting Regional Championship One. The event is slated for April 30-May 2 in St. Louis, Mo.
Alex is no stranger to weightlifting meets, but this one will be her first experience on a regional level. She will be competing against lifters from around the region in an event hosted by USA Weightlifting. She, along with Coach Chennelle, will be traveling to the event.
About the Event
The competition is classified as the final Pan American Games qualification event, and it will also allow athletes the opportunity to qualify for August’s USA Weightlifting National Championships in Dallas.
Athletes who are not yet able to meet qualifying standards for USA Weightlifting’s national events can take this opportunity to lift alongside the best in the nation. For more information visit USA Weightlifting.
Alex qualified for this event based on the results from her last three weightlifting competitions. All athletes who are participating in this event received special invitations and needed to meet certain standards in terms of lifting totals for the snatch and clean and jerk at USA sanctioned weightlifting events.
To learn more about Alex’s journey to this event, please read the Q and A below.
Tell Us About This Competition
The competition I am attending is the 2015 USA Weightlifting Regional Championship One. Over the last few years the sport of weightlifting has grown exponentially. In response to that growth, USAW has added Regional Competitions in addition to the American Open and National Championships. The qualifying process is similar to that of the American Open or Nationals, you have to meet a certain total in a given time period to participate in the event.
Did you expect to be attending?
I didn’t expect to be attending at all.
I had received an email stating that USAW would be having a Regional Championships this year, but I misread the time in which they took qualifying totals. I thought that you had to post a qualifying total in the time frame of January 2015 – April 2015. I haven’t competed yet this year, so I thought I was out of the running.
It turns out that you actually had to have posted a qualifying total anywhere in March 2014 – March 2015. The total from my last meet at the MDUSA Fall Open qualified me to compete in the USAW Regional Championship.
How did you feel when you received the invitation?
The timing of the invitation was pretty great. I had just finished up the first day of a weekend long weightlifting seminar and checked my email. The subject read “Congratulations, You Qualified”. My first thought was “I wonder why my spam filter didn’t catch this?” Then I saw who it was from, USAW. Ok, now they have my attention.
What was your immediate reaction?
My immediate reaction was “No Way!” and then directly to “This is awesome! I have to sit down and work out the logistics to see if I can go.” I took a minute to wrap my head around it all and immediately thought of who I could share this with that might appreciate it, or at least understand my excitement.
Who was the first person you told?
I contacted Coach Chennelle. I told her I was thinking about going. I was pretty excited to have qualified to compete in an event like this. I often joke that Chennelle “created this monster”, as it was her and Raleigh CrossFit that introduced me to the world of weightlifting.
What did you do to prepare for this?
Well, I didn’t consciously do anything to prepare for this event specifically. What I did was what I have been doing every day, what I love to do, lifting.
I spent last year competing in several meets just to gain a feeling for competing in a meet. I was focusing on trying to beat my total from my previous meet. I was in competition with myself mainly, as well as learning what it takes to get up in front of spectators and lift heavy. It’s a different type of mental challenge, and you only get three chances.
Mostly, I have been dedicated to lifting, finding ways to improve my lifting, working on gaining strength, and gaining a better understanding of technique. I have been consulting multiple resources, attending multiple clinics and certifications, trying to learn as much as I can, and then turning around and taking what I have learned and sharing it with other people. One of the best ways to solidify what you have learned is to share it with another person.
It’s safe to say every day that I have spent in “my corner” lifting and grinding day in and day out was all in preparation for this. So, in a way, I am still preparing.
What events did you do in order to qualify to participate?
The events I competed in last year:
Out of Step Barbell Open 2 – May 2014
2014 Summer Lift Off – June 2014
Bull City Barbell Open – August 2014*
Training Valley Open – August 2014*
MDUSA Fall Open – September 2014*
*The totals from the last three meets listed were high enough to qualify.
What are you most looking forward to with this competition?
What I am looking forward most is the experience of competing in a high level competition. I look forward to lifting with some of the best lifters in the US. This competition is filled with “heavy hitters”, and it will be amazing to watch and meet some of them. Overall, I’m excited to be there, to take it all in, and leave it all on the floor as usual.
What are your goals with this competition?
For this competition, I want to hit all my lifts, improve my overall total and have fun. I also want to learn as much as I can while I am there.
Total (and Splits)
Highest competition total: 132kg / Snatch 55kg / C&J 77kg
Highest training total: 137kg / Snatch 58kg / C&J 79kg
Where did you grow up?
A few places
FL, NE, MN, and NC
I claim Raleigh, NC because it is the place I have stayed the longest.
When did you start with Raleigh CrossFit?
I started CrossFit at Raleigh CrossFit March 24, 2012.
When did you start focusing on Olympic lifting?
I made the switch to focusing solely on Olympic Weightlifting February 2014.
What goals did you have when you first started?
My goals when I first start CrossFit were to just get in shape and get stronger.
How have they changed?
My goals have evolved so much. They started as to get in shape and get healthier. After that, I wanted to test my limits -how hard or how long could I go and could I push myself further? Then I started to get interested in competitive CrossFit. Then that evolved into a focus on Weightlifting, and it’s been full steam ahead. Though my goals have changed over time one thing remains consistent, and that is no matter what I am doing, I do it with passion and put everything I have into it.
The event will be webcast LIVE at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Weightlifting/LIVE/live-stream