Weightlifter Jared Fleming Is Switching to CrossFit, Aims for Regionals 2018

Weightlifter Jared Fleming is making a move to CrossFit.

For a time in 2015, the -94kg athlete held the American record in the snatch, which he set at that year’s USAW National Championships with a lift of 170 kilograms (374.8 pounds). Watch the lift below, then watch a very American celebration after it’s completed.

Fleming hoped to compete at the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016, and even lived at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado for six months in 2011, but he never wound up representing America. It looked like there was a chance he would go to Rio, but in 2015 he tore his ACL at the Weightlifting World Championships in Houston.

The now 25-year-old took to Instagram yesterday to say that CrossFit® training helped him overcome the depression he was suffering after missing out on Rio, and he announced,

A chapter in life for me has ended and new one is starting. I’ve decided that for my immediate future I will be training with intent on making the 2018 Crossfit Regionals.
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I’d love for all of you to follow me on my journey as I grind my way back to the top and show perseverance conquers all adversity.

The full post can be seen in the post below.

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After 7 years, today I finally finished my Bachelors degree!! Here's the whole story if you're interested ⬇️ . In 2010, at 18, I started my college and Olympic journey when I left my home in upstate Ny and moved to La to train at LSUS. . In 2011, I left La for 6 months and lived at the Olympic Training Center in Co to try and make the 2012 Olympics. . 2012, Now 20, having missed out on the Olympics I returned to La to go back to school. . 2014, now 22, I once again left La, this time only 3 classes short of graduating, to move to Nc and train at MDUSA for the 2016 Olympics. . I trained my ass off, won the 2014 American Open and 2015 National Championships and even broke some American records. I was well on my way to making the Olympics this time. . Late 2015, now 24, shortly after setting a new American Record Snatch, I tore my ACL at the World Championships in Houston, Tx on Thanksgiving Day. My Olympic journey was over a couple lifts shy of being a 2016 Olympian, a goal I had been striving for for 13 years. I was devastated. . I didn't realize it at the time, and have recently come to recognize what happened, but I had slipped into a depressed state and I've spent the last year and a half climbing my way out. . Currently 25 and here I am. I decided I was done being a victim of my life situation and was going to get my life back together. I decided to start doing CrossFit to get my mind and body healthy again and decided I'd go back and finish my degree. . FINALLY, after a year and a half climb, I'm starting to feel like my old self again! . What a ride these past 7 years have taken me for and I'm all the better for it. Idk what the future has in store for me but I will tell you this, no matter what I choose to do, I will be doing it with with all my heart. . A chapter in life for me has ended and new one is starting. I've decided that for my immediate future I will be training with intent on making the 2018 Crossfit Regionals. . I'd love for all of you to follow me on my journey as I grind my way back to the top and show perseverance conquers all adversity. #regionals2018 #neverstopgrowing

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It’s not unheard of for weightlifters to switch to CrossFit — after all, the winner of the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games, Mat Fraser, started out as a weightlifter. Check him out snatching 132kg (291 pounds) as an -85kg athlete at the 2012 USA Weightlifting National Championships.

The snatch and the clean & jerk are probably the most technically challenging exercises in CrossFit, and knowing how the right way to execute them before getting started in the sport can certainly be an advantage. It’s also handy that proficiency in these lifts requires (or produces) multiple modalities of fitness, like explosive power, anaerobic endurance, raw strength, fine motor skills, mobility, and a solid vertical jump.

But if we’ve learned anything from the details of the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games events, it’s that this is a sport that requires competence in everything from swimming to dumbbells to biking to obstacle course racing to sandbag exercises. Fleming has a lot of work ahead of him, but he’s got an important prerequisite: passion for the sport.

Featured image via @muscledriverusa on Instagram.