I have spent the last week in Oregon at CrossFit Oregon City, and it has been a great week! I came to visit with Jon North but while I have been here I feel like I have already become good friends with the owners of the gym, Jen and Scott Cereghino. The atmosphere in the gym, from the CrossFitters to the weightlifters, is spectacular with EVERYONE working hard to improve.
One of the lifters who is improving fast is Ben Sawyer. Ben is a Team DO athlete and is coached by Jon North. He is qualified for nationals in the 94kg class and is set to make a splash in the world of weightlifting. The snatch is his better lift, and Ben has hit 137kg in that lift. His clean and jerk lags a little with him having hit only 161kg in that lift.
Unlike some who have problems on the clean and jerk Ben is a great jerker, his lift lags for only one reason, a lack of leg strength. This is not uncommon for young lifters who are new to the sport and Ben is working hard to bring the leg strength up.
Based on the work ethic he displayed over this past week, I predict he WILL get the leg strength up and will be of our top male lifters in the next few years. While I was there I got a great picture of him hitting a new PR of 161kg on the clean and jerk and that pic has to be one of the best pics I have ever managed to take of a lifter!
Look for his name on the World team in the next couple of years.