Hey TRIBE,

As we wrap up the year, I just wanted to give everyone an update on what’s going on with our Barbell Club. This year has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Though we have had previous Barbell classes, we officially became a USAW sanctioned club on 12/12/17. We are now 1 year into being an official club and we hope to take our club to the next level this coming year! This first official year has been a great experience that we hope to learn from as we move forward. We appreciate each and everyone one of you who has joined us for a few cycles, taken our Barbell Basics program, or even reached out to one of our coaches for some 1-on-1 training. Your participation in what our club has to offer is what keeps us motivated to keep doing what we do. We appreciate those of you who have stuck with us through the year with our growing pains and we only hope to improve the services we can provide our members in the future.

Recapping on this year, we had a lot of firsts for some of our club members. A few of our members actually competed in their first USAW sanctioned meet in August. Each and every athlete put in the time and work leading up to the meet. Up until the moment they each took their first lift during the meet, it was probably a nerve-wracking experience. After the initial jitters had passed, each athlete came into their own and performed. Though we may not be the biggest club in our region, our members showed up on competition day and represented for our club. Their displays of quality movement on the platform represented all the things Tribe Barbell Club is about. Some of our members not only competed in their first USAW meet, they also punched themselves a ticket to compete in their first USAW National meet the following month. I want to thank all of the lifters this year who have stuck with us from the beginning. Thank you for enduring my programming, even if at times it may feel like I’m trying to kill you guys (lol). Just know that I only want the best for our club and I hope to steer us all in the right direction. “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.” Right? <3

Going forward looking into next year, we have a few things planned and we will be making a few changes to help our club grow and move in the right direction. First off, every 2nd and 4th Friday of each cycle we will have no official Barbell classes for that day. Instead, every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the cycle we will be having “Team Training” sessions at ~8am (time still TBD). This will give us a chance to see all of you train at the same time, while also allowing you guys to train with others you might not normally train with. Of course if you can’t make it to a Saturday Training session you can still lift on Friday, but we highly encourage training with the team at least once during the cycle.

We hope that a lot of our members will continue to represent our club on the competition platform in the coming year. Our goal is to make our club known for the quality of lifters that we consistently put out there to represent our club. For those of you that have never competed or may have some interest in competing sometime in the future, we as coaches will do our best to get you there. We hope this coming year will be biggest year yet for our club!

For those of you that have no intention of competing in a meet, don’t worry we didn’t forget about you guys! This coming year we will be restructuring some of our program to better cater our services to those of you who may be looking to barbell to improve your lifts. Our goal is to help those of you looking to improve your movement quality in the lifts. Whether you’re looking to gain more confidence with a barbell, get stronger, or simply just learn how to lift correctly to prevent injury, we hope to offer those services to you. Please stay tuned for upcoming announcements on how we will be making all this happen. And yes, after lots of talk about it, we will finally have our first (and definitely not last) barbell seminar in May (date TBD). We will start off first with the Snatch. So stay tuned!

Lastly, I want to thank those of you guys who have come out to support our club at any of the meets this year. Those of you guys who came out to support each and every one of our lifters whether it was at a local meet or if you joined us in Las Vegas for the National Meet, we couldn’t have done all of this without your support. Even if you couldn’t make it to a meet this year, we all felt the positive vibes and encouragement sent our way. We hope the New Year is bigger than ever and we hope you guys are all there to join us for the ride!

Happy New Year! #TRIBESTRONG #tribebarbellclub #CRYSTAL316 @tribebarbellclub

- Coach Mike

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