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Gotta love bureaucracy! For those of you who are checking up on this blog, the revised opening date for CrossFit Steinbach is looking more like early December. There are some city zoning issues that need to be resolved before we can officially open up, as the building we are looking at is zoned light industrial. I’ve been told this should be more or less a formality, but as with all things bureaucratic, it does take time. 

In other news, I had the opportunity to attend a couple of great seminars the past two weekends, the first on functional movement screening, and the second an olympic weightlifting seminar put by Alexander Varbanov. The functional movement seminar was geared towards athletic and physiotherapists, but was a fascinating window into a very effective movement screening technique that is useful in assessing an athlete’s potential for injury, and also strategies for dealing with that risk.

Alex Varbanov was a very successful olympic weightlifter who trained using the (in)famous Bulgarian training program in place during the communist years in Bulgaria. He set 10 world records during his career in the 1980s, and apparently one of those records still stands today. He’s a very humble guy who lives and breathes weightlifting, and his deceptively simple cues to athletes overlay a very deep knowledge of the sport and its methodologies. Crossfitters are sometimes accused of not giving olympic lifting technique the attention it deserves, but the rising popularity of CrossFit has brought a new flood of interest to the sport of oly lifting, and the weightlifting community is coming to realize this can ultimately be a good thing.

I’m looking forward to sharing the information I’ve learned to new members at CrossFit Steinbach, as well as putting it into practice in my own athletic training.


If you are interested in getting a jump start on your introduction to the movements of CrossFit prior to the gym opening officially, please drop me a line. I’m toying with the idea of doing some introductory sessions with one or two people at a time in our garage/basement.