Haley Adams Snatches 185, Demonstrates 2021 Strength Gains

May 28, 2021 by
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Coming off back-to-back top six finishes at the CrossFit Games, many people peg Haley Adams as an athlete who could potentially stand atop the podium one day at the Games. 

The fact that she’s historically done that despite clearly not having top end strength relative to the other women she regularly competes with leaves a little doubt: will she ever be able to win if she doesn’t get stronger? 

Adams took the floor for Event one of the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge, a 1-Rep Max Snatch against some of her biggest rivals, including Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr, Amanda Barnhart, and Brooke Wells, who are also some of the strongest women in CrossFit, and expectations for her in this event weren’t very high. 

In the last two seasons she’s competed in seven relative strength tests, with mostly consistently poor results: 

  • 2019 Strength in Depth 1 RM Snatch — T-4th place, 181 pounds.
  • 2019 CrossFit Games Clean — last place.
  • 2020 Rogue Invitational Clean and Jerk — 13th out of 16 athletes, 215 pounds.
  • 2020 Games Stage 1, 1 RM Front Squat — 26th out of 30 athletes, 230 pounds.
  • 2020 Games Stage 2, Snatch Speed Triple — last, missed 155 pounds twice before hitting it.
  • Open workout 21.4, Barbell Complex — 260th worldwide, 202 pounds.
  • Quarterfinal Test 4, 4 Rep Max Front Squat — 517th in North America, 220 pounds.

Adams hit 165 pounds with apparent ease for her first attempt today. Then hit 175 pounds with a little more uncertainty. An animated and intense conversation ensued between her and her coach, Tasia Percevecz, before they settled on attempting 185 pounds in the final interval of the event. 

The exuberance and near disbelief on her face, coupled with the expression of pure joy on the face of Percevecz, and the animated jumping and celebration from Adams after dropping the barbell following the successful lift could only mean one thing, a PR. 

And for Adams, who’s only real hole is that top end strength, the confidence to know that the work she’s been putting into her strength program is transferring to the competition floor should be a pause for concern for all the women who are trying to keep her off the podium at the Games this summer.

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