CrossFit athletes from different boxes gathered at Primal Ape CrossFit last weekend, August 29-30, for the IronMike’s Barbell Club Weightlifting Seminar and Olympic Meet. 

2013 CrossFit Games and 4-times Regional Athlete Mike Mogard, led the weightlifting seminar on Day 1  to polish techniques on snatches and clean and jerk. Individual coaching, video recording, frame by frame analysis was also provided by the IronMike himself.

On day 2, thirty two athletes from various teams such as Philippine Air Force, Ang Tibay, CrossFit Alpha Strike, CrossFit Mad Minute, CrossFit Insurrecto, Primal Ape, Fitness First, FNB and Sky High Fitness participated in the Olympic Meet. 

The athletes competed in the following weightlifting categories: Above 85kg, 70kg to Under 85kg and Below 70kg for Men,  Above 57 kg and Below 57kg for Women. Mike Mogard (IronMike Barbell Club/CrossFit Reebok), Aaron Dela Cruz (CrossFit Alpha Strike) and Antonio Sietereales (Primal Ape CrossFit) comprised the panel of judges of the said event.

The youngest male athlete, 15 year old, Brian Caasi impressed the crowd after his successful and strong 255 clean and jerk. 


Also one of the crowd’s favorite is Edmundo Jose Cardano, former coach of University of East Weighlifting Team, the oldest participant who succesfully delivered his clean and jerk at 286 lbs.


Jude Michael Eslera made the his home box proud after his strong perforrmance of clean and jerk at 275 lbs, landing 2nd runner up in the below 70kg category.

Here’s the complete list of  Winners:

Above 85kg Winners: Richard Pep Agosto – Champion, Jaric Chua - 1st Runner Up , Paul Lester Reguera - 2nd Runner Up 

70kg to Under 85kg Winners: Jeffrey Garcia – Champion, Justin Hernandez - 1st Runner Up, Jude Michael Eslera - 2nd Runner Up 

Below 70kg Winners: Jerome Diaz – Champion, Martin Patenio - 1st Runner Up, Derrick Carlo Mercado - 2nd Runner Up 

57kg and up Winners : Joyce Reboton – Champion, Maybeline Pablo - 1st Runner Up, Angeline Feliciano - 2nd Runner Up 

Below 57kg Winners: Hidilyn Diaz – Champion, Janelle Castaño - 1st Runner Up, Pat Garcia - 2nd Runner Up 


The champions of each category received P10,000, 1st runner up received P2, 000 and gifts from sponsors and the 3rd runner up also received gifts from the sponsors. 

The IronMike’s Barbell Club Weightlifting Seminar and Olympic Meet is sponsored by Primal Ape CrossFit, FitAid, Progenex, Gearbox PH, Out of the Box, GoatTape, WODWear, Proven, Gomma and Paragon.

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Words and photos by CJ Lampad

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