Coach Theresa made us all so very proud this weekend competing in her first national weightlifting event, the American Open 2016. A huge accomplishment!

From the bad ass herself, here's some thoughts on her journey and experience:

I’m not sure when it hit me that I was going to a national competition. I had been training for it, but I don’t think it really hit until I checked in at the Marriott World Center Orlando and received my athlete credentials. I was very glad that my friends decided to come with me and provide some support. I was so nervous, nervous that I wouldn’t make weight, nervous that I would miss my lifts, even at lighter weights. The anxiety was endless!

I learned a lot from this experience. My coach and friends kept me focused. There was a little Tran voice that kept trying to sneak out, shake my confidence and my hard work. As my friend Jason had told me, “Let her talk, let her wear herself out. Then big Tran voice can step in and say “you got this girl, this is exactly what you trained for, just like another day at the gym, it’s cool, you’re cool.”” Once I entered my focus zone, I do my best not to become too engulfed into seriousness, I try to crack a smile, think of a joke, try to wiggle my arms and body to keep me relaxed. It is a difficult balance. Every time I wanted to think I couldn’t, I did. I have to hold onto that feeling that “I CAN”, put that feeling into a jar, manifest it into “I’m doing it!” My goals were to lift some weights and have fun. Despite some speed bumps, I did have a lot of fun! It was also inspiring to see and meet some world class lifters at this event.

My friends mean the world to me. I am grateful for Jeff for providing my programming, coaching and being my friend. As his friend, he is humble and I am super proud of him for taking one of his athletes to a national competition. I am glad to be one of his athletes, to have him in my corner. He calls my numbers, tells me when to lift, how much to lift and making sure the correct athlete gets the credit for the appropriate lift. He remained calm and kept me from getting too anxious before lifting time. My friends Bossom and Gene, who also came with me to be a part of my cheering squad made this easier. To know they were in the crowd and making sure our team went from our AirBnb to the hotel on time, and having doughnuts ready for me after the competition.

Making this trip out to Orlando was a hell of an experience. I hope to be able to continue my training, get stronger and better.

Thank you all so much for all of your friendship. Your words of encouragement and messages have been refreshing and reminds me to keep on track. See you all at the gym!
— Theresa Tran

Women's 48kg Session - Theresa hit 4 out of 6 lifts, with final numbers:


  • 1st attempt: 53kg (117 lbs)
  • 2nd attempt: 55kg (failed)
  • 3rd attempt: 55kg (failed)

Clean & Jerk

  • 1st attempt: 65kg (143 lbs)
  • 2nd attempt: 66kg (145 lbs)
  • 3rd attempt: 70kg (154 lbs) *competition PR!!!

After competition the crew hit up Giordano's Italian Restaurant to celebrate with some loaded potato fritters and a heavenly stuffed deep dish pizza. Theresa would like to thank everyone for their support and those who were able to be up early Friday morning to watch her lift live on Facebook. You can go to FB page and watch the live videos to see her lifts anytime! Check out some of the fun pictures of our adventure below as well.

All in all it was an incredible experience and the guys were so thrilled to be there and cheer her on. 2017 will bring a whole new set of weightlifting goals and accomplishments and Theresa's excited to get started. Even some word about her maybe tracking macros to make some serious strength gains in the near future. Say whaaat?!


1x20 HBBS at 5 pounds heavier than last week
EMOM for 9 minutes: 4 strict pull-ups / 4 strict C2B / 4 pull-up negatives / 4 ring rows / 2 strict muscle-ups

Row 250m
15 Thrusters 95/65#
30 Burpees over the bar
15 Thrusters
Row 250m