Weighlifting tests strength and technique through two specific movements: the clean and jerk, and the snatch. Training includes building both the strength and technique necessary to perform these two movements. We offer classes twice a week to supplement CrossFitters who want to improve their lifts. We also offer dozens of hours of open gym if you want to focus exclusively on weightlifting.
Break the Mold CrossFit’s local weightlifting club is Solafide Barbell Louisville.
So how did Break the Mold CrossFit become a chapter of Solafide Barbell? Back in February of this year, Nicole Harp had just begun lifting under the Solafide Barbell banner fulltime. She had recently transitioned from competitive CrossFit due to some nagging injuries and figured it would probably be temporary. Simultaneously, she was trying to find some direction. She knew she was leaving the Army in July but didn’t know exactly what she wanted to do when she got out. Just for the heck of it, her and her husband, along with her parents who were in town, decided to check out a commercial rental space in West Louisville.
Bill and Nicole had a dream too. They’d spent five years in the Army and they’d always thought it would be amazing to own a CrossFit gym “one day”. They also wanted to integrate Steve’s Club, a national non-profit for at risk and high risk youth into their gym. This was the reason for looking at the commercial space in West Louisville, they wanted a Zone of Hope area of the city, where they could impact as many youth as possible. By happenstance, the building fit perfectly with their vision, and they signed a lease in March.
Concurrently, Nicole continued to train under the Solafide Barbell banner in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Christian led her and Bill through looking over the equipment list when they bought out a gym owner in Michigan, and they found a group of athletes and a community unmatched in the support for their dream. To be completely honest, without Christian and the community of Solafide Barbell, Break the Mold CrossFit wouldn’t exist in its current state. When Christian offered for Break the Mold to be a chapter of Solafide Barbell, it completed the vision that they had for their gym.
Nicole earned her USAW Level 1 in April 2016 and began working with some athletes during the barbell classes, as well as shadowing the CrossFit teens class to prepare for Steve’s Club. Nicole and Bill also began to forge community partnerships in the Louisville area with non-profits, community churches, and local colleges. The community of Solafide Barbell enabled them to see that success comes through cooperation and a strong base in the relationships we forge with others.