Mar 25th, 2013
By Mike Minium
Jo Ann setting a world record total in 2012
Women’s Strength Class Coached by Jo Ann Aita
We’re excited to announce a 6-week strength class designed specifically for women, beginning Thursday April 11th. This is something we’ve been looking to do for a while, and are really excited Jo Ann is offering up her coaching skills to the women of CFO.
This class is ideal for any woman looking to get stronger, whether you’re looking for a way to improve on your CrossFit performance, just training for general health, or have specific barbell-sport-related goals (e.g., powerlifting or Olympic lifting).
This class is appropriate for all strength levels, whether you’re brand new to training for strength or you’ve been doing the strength thing for a while.
Jo Ann has already rolled this out at Diablo CrossFit, with much success. The class meets twice a week, on Thursday nights from 5:30pm to 7pm, and on Saturday mornings from 9am to 10:30am. It runs from April 11th through May 16th. The cost is $180. All classes will take place at Max’s Gym (that area at the back of CFO).
As an aside, I can vouch personally for Jo Ann’s coaching prowess. I’ve had the opportunity to train in her gym and have seen my Olympic lifts improve by leaps and bounds. I can’t encourage you women out there enough to take advantage of this opportunity.
This class is not limited to CFO members exclusively, and there are only 12 spots total, so if you’re reading this and thinking about it, don’t miss out. To register, contact Jo Ann via email.
About Jo Ann
Jo Ann Aita, currently 42 years of age, has been training and competing in Olympic
Weightlifting since 2003 . She is a National Medalist and currently holds both Snatch
and Clean & Jerk Records in the Pacific Weightlifting Association. Despite starting
weightlifting at the age of 33, and rehabbing two shoulder surgeries in 2010, she was able to come back with PR lifts at the Olympic Trials last year, placing 5th overall in the 117-lb weight class, against many competitors half her age!
At the recent Women’s Pro-Am meet in November 2012, Jo Ann went 9/9 setting a
New World Record Powerlifting Total in the Raw w/wraps category. She also broke
the American Raw Deadlift record, which has stood since 1981. Her lifts at 114 lbs
Back Squat: 309 lbs, Bench Press: 165 lbs, Deadlift: 375 lbs, Total: 849 lbs
Jo Ann was also a Track & Field and Cross Country athlete for over a decade and
competed for UCLA. She is a USA Weightlifting Certified Coach and has been getting
lifters strong for the past 4 years. She is a Certified Massage Therapist, specializing
in Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Work, with a Bay Area Practice for the past 14
years. Jo Ann has accomplished all of this while raising a child, managing 3 careers, and running a gym!
Jo Ann Aita stats at 114/117lb weight class:
Snatch: 154 lbs
Clean: 194 lbs
Jerk: 185 lbs
Back Squat: 309 lbs
Bench Press: 165 lbs
Dead Lift: 375 lbs