CrossFit builds better power lifters. Power lifting builds better CrossFitters.
For that reason, we’re SO EXCITED to announce Real Fitness is opening up a Barbell Club: REAL BARBELL. It’ll be housed in the downstairs area of RFS and staffed by Kipp Newton, whose résumé includes being a professional MMA fighter, a UFC Ultimate Fighter, power lifter … oh, and a surfer for LOST. This California boy also competed in motor-cross racing–until an accident threw him from his bike. He landed on his lumbar and, with five fractures on his vertebrae, lost the use of his right leg for the next 3½ months. “I went from being a superstar to nothing,” says Kipp. “It really made me stop and think about life.”
His shift in ability and lifestyle was the catalyst that propelled him to pursue a degree in exercise—and a treatment plan to heal and strengthen his back. He found it in powerlifting. “I strengthened my core and it improved my back,” says Kipp. “All of it helped-the deadlifting, the barbell, and strengthening my hip abductors and abductors, but I can’t put enough focus on the importance of strengthening the engine—the core strength.
Power lifting is different than body building in that its purpose is to build strength rather than shape the body to look a certain way. It’s similar to Olympic Weightlifting in that the purpose is to improve technique to lift more weight. It’s different than Olympic Weightlifing because it focuses on three main lifts: the Deadlift, Bench, and Squats. The skills and technique you learn through power lifting will improve your WODS by making you more powerful—in overall strength and in explosiveness through the hips. (This means your Snatch and Clean & Jerks will improve from power lifting.
Real Barbell opens at Real Fitness Sarasota on Saturday, August 9 with a
REAL BARBELL THROW DOWN
Men’s Division: 135lb, 225lb, 315lb
Women’s Division: 135lb, 185lb, 225lb
Prizes are given to the athlete who completes the most reps!
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Real Barbell will be an open-gym format, though Kipp will write guidelines on the white board for those who don’t have a training plan. He will also be available for private coaching to individualize lifting cycles and nutrition.
The cost for membership to Real Barbell is $50/month. RFS members get a discounted rate of $35/month. If you have any questions, ask Tanya, the coaches—or stop Kipp—and be sure to welcome him and his wife to Sarasota and RFS when you see them!