Weightlifting champ to attend seminar in Front Royal

Derrick Johnson, a five-time national weightlifting champion, will be in Front Royal on Saturday at Convergent Crossfit for a seminar hosted by Performance Sport and Spine. The event begins at 9 a.m. Courtesy art/Commonwealth Public Relations

Five-time national weighlifting champion Derrick Johnson will be in Front Royal on Saturday to speak at a seminar hosted by Performance Sport and Spine.

Dr. Jeremy Busch said they hope to bring in an Olympic level or professional level athlete to speak four times a year.

Johnson will be speaking at the event at Convergent Crossfit, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $225. They can be purchased by calling 540-635-4440 or visiting Performance Sport and Spine in Front Royal.

“We frequently treat injuries that occur from weightlifting with improper form and poor biomechanics,” Busch said. “We believe in educating the community to prevent injuries and ensure athletes are receiving the best care to return to performing at their best.”

Johnson will be speaking about injury prevention recommendations, technique instruction of international competition-style weightlifting, supervision of participants as they perform competition lifts and basic to advanced weightlifting techniques.

Johnson is a four-time All American and three-time national collegiate champion at Lindenwood University.

He is the youngest international coach for USA Weightlifting. He finished 10th at the Olympic Trials in 2008.

Johnson was also awarded the 2010 Developmental Coach of the Year for USA Weightlifting by the United States Olympic Committee and was a silver medalist at the 2011 National Weightlifting Championships in the 69 kg division.

Busch did a two-week Sports Medicine rotation at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center in 2015, and has been asked to do another one this April.

He said that experience gave him the credibility to convince Johnson to come talk to the area, but noted it wasn’t hard convincing him.

“He shares our passion for making an impact and change at the community level, so he was all on board with our initiative and goals,” Busch said. “So, he agreed to come out to Front Royal to help teach our athletes and motivate our younger athletes to dream big.”

Busch said that he expects the seminar to be a great learning experience for anyone who comes out.

“This workshop is going to be a hands-on coaching workshop that is going to focus on three areas: mobility and rehab drills to eliminate the repetitive wear and tear on soft tissues that predispose to injury. Technique instruction on the three main Olympic-style lifts – clean, jerk and snatch, as well as ending the day with every participant performing the lifts under the direct supervision and instruction of Derrick (Johnson).”

Busch said he hopes that getting to meet, learn and work with Johnson will inspire some of the people who attend the seminar.

“First, we want to educate our community how to perform these lifts with proper technique and form,” Busch said. “This will in turn decrease the injury profile due to bad mechanics and keep athletes healthy. But secondly, we want to motivate our community athletes to see that anything is possible. Mentorship with an athlete of Derrick’s level and degree of accomplishments does not occur too often, and we are proud to bring him to this area.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com