In strength sports you need three things to be successful and those are strategy, strength, and most importantly, consistency. A lot of athletes can’t remain consistent for long periods of time, which inevitably slows their progress, or causes an injury.
California Strength’s weightlifter Rob Blackwell is the perfect example of a strength athlete who’s been patient and consistent throughout his career, and is now performing (consistently well) at a competitive national level.
Check out the video below California Strength shared four days ago on their Instagram, which gives you a glimpse into Blackwell’s snatch progress over the years. He started as an 85kg weightlifter and was hitting 90kg when he started (a weight familiar for a lot of athletes). He’s now lifting in the 94kg weight class and is crushing 160kg snatch PRs.
70kg is a crazy increase, especially for a technical lift such as the snatch. Blackwell has been with California Strength for the last six-plus years, and is currently the longest standing member on the team.
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Blackwell’s best clean & jerk to date is 185kg, and he hits 180kg+ attempts routinely, as shown on his Instagram page. Check out the video below Blackwell shared five days ago of himself crushing a 182kg (400 lb) clean & jerk.
Additionally, Blackwell has had success competing in the National Pro GRID League, which is a strength sports based team competition. He was drafted as the first male in 2015, and was picked third overall to the LA Reign.
Blackwell also has an impressive back squat. Check out his 240kg PR back squat he hit earlier this June.
Blackwell is a perfect example of perseverance and hard work in the sport of weightlifting. A lot of athletes get frustrated with the sport and end up jumping ship, but Blackwell has proven that he’s in it for the long game.
Feature image screenshot from @robblackwell Instagram page.
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