A look behind the 13.2 competitor Lindsey Valenzuela.
An Interview with Lindsey Valenzuela
Lindsey Valenzuela put on an impressive performance this year at the SoCal Regionals and earned herself a spot at the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games. And if that wasn’t exciting enough… this past weekend she finished second overall at Nationals in the 75kg class with a total of 188kg (81kg snatch and 107kg clean and jerk). We caught up with her prior to these two events to get to know her a little better.
What is your athletic background before CrossFit?
My main sport before starting CrossFit was volleyball. I played throughout my collegiate career at California Lutheran University. During my time at Cal Lutheran I was named Female Athlete of Year, a three time All American, was a regional champion with my team, team MVP for two years, won the Regal Award my junior year, and was all SCIAC player three years in a row.
Once my collegiate career was completed, I picked up my barbell and started competing in Olympic weightlifting. I had been weightlifting for a while at that point for sport specific reasons, but now I wanted to focus on form and go heavier! Along the way a trainer I knew introduced me to CrossFit. My first workout was ‘filthy filthy’ and I was hooked! I loved the intensity I felt. I still love the feeling of competing with myself mentally, and after accomplishing movements I would have never thought about trying before CrossFit.
When did you decide to start competing in CrossFit?
I competed in my first CrossFit competition in 2009 with only two months of experience, and placed 13th in the Southwest Regionals. I quickly realized the amount of training I would need to do to accomplish my CrossFit goals. From that day on, I dedicated myself to compete in CrossFit and had discovered something that would change my life forever.
How has being a competitive Olympic Weightlifter helped you be a better CrossFitter?
The journey of being a CrossFitter and Olympic Weightlifter has helped me realize my true potential as a female athlete. Training at Valley CrossFit alongside some of the best female CrossFitters in the world, I find myself being inspired to become the best athlete I can become. I lift at CrossFit High Voltage with world famous Coach Bob Takano and every day I am accomplishing lifts that I only dreamt about a couple months ago.
How do these skills apply to your life outside of competition?
Outside of CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting I am currently the assistant strength and conditioning coach at a Harvard Westlake Prep School. I get to do what I love everyday and I enjoy every minute of it. Nothing makes me feel more accomplished as a coach when I see my athletes build not only in strength, but also in character.
Where do you see yourself going with CrossFit/Olympic Lifting?
My journey as a CrossFitter and Olympic weightlifter have just begun, and my plans for my future are big! I am currently ranked eighth in the nation for Olympic weightlifting in the 69kg weight class and I am preparing for nationals in July. I am also preparing for the CrossFit Open Sectionals and Regionals that are soon approaching. I hope to place in the top five for Weightlifting Nationals and make it to the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. I also plan to compete at the Crossfit Games. I know with the help from my coaches, family, husband, the Crossfit Community, and total belief in myself I can accomplish the goals I have set for myself. Lindsey place 2nd at Nationals & is going to CrossFit Games!
- 3rd place Crossfit/USAW Open, Colorado Springs, CO
- 1st place American Record Makers Open, 2011, Los Angeles Fitness Expo, Los Angeles, CA.
- 4th place in 2010 Southwest Sectionals, Los Angeles, CA
- 8th place at 2010 American Open Weightlifting Championships, Cincinati, OH
- 5th place Overall National ranking in USAW 69kg women’s weight class
- 21st place in 2010 Southwest Regional’s, Irvine, CA
- 4th place in Second Annual Next Level Invitational, Lake Forrest, CA
- 3rd place in Third Annual Next Level Invitational, Lake Forrest, CA
- Tied for 1st place overall currently in Next level Invitational
- Snatch: 176lbs
- Clean and jerk: 222lbs
- Clean: 222lbs
- Dead lift: 335lbs
- Press: 135lbs
- Bench Press: 160lbs
- Overhead squat: 205lbs
- Helen: 9:15
- Cindy: 22 rounds
- Grace: 2:16
- Fran: 3:47
- Max pull-ups: 33