A Grand Opening Indeed

Yesterday was the first day of the new facility at Cressey Performance, with its grand opening bringing in many clients, athletes ranging from high school to collegiate to pro, along with many other fitness experts from all over the New England and East Coast area. If you didn’t know by now, I recently moved to Massachusetts and I’m interning at Cressey Performance for the fall term. It’s already shaping up to be a fun experience, and I aim to keep an open mind and be humbled many times along the way.

For starters, here is a quick sweep of what half of the facility looks like, along with some people lifting.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNVsXNhSQEE]

After the main part of clients coming in to enjoy the new facility and space,  a large majority of the guests and staff broke for a BBQ and lifting session.

While Eric and Tony were getting their deadlifts on, I opted to partake in some power cleans with Sean Hyson.  I was a bit hesitant to approach Sean at first, but  he was definitely chill and helped push me to go past whatever mental and physical barriers I had prior to doing these cleans. [Keeping in mind I’ve been having wrist pains for the past 2-3 weeks, so I was naturally a bit hesitant to do any cleans at all.]

This was my first time doing full on power cleans in over a year, as I’ve been doing many hang variations of the snatch, clean, and high pulls.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWbFf04O2jo]

A couple of other videos taken:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8hKSHqPOSQ] [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiLpvL05ggY]

Now we are at the end of most of our lifting sessions… and a couple of people started doing some Jefferson Deadlifts, a variation where you have one leg in front and one leg in back, and perform a deadlift. Ben Bruno and John Romaniello decided to take this to the next level, and perform a Tandem Jefferson Deadlift – quite possibly the first of its kind.

That is certainly what she said.

And it just so happened that I was there to witness it from another angle…

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqFRy6_HYGM]

As Tony Gentilcore has said, these were just a few of the shenanigans that occurred.

For the rest… you just had to be there.

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