Weightlifter Spotlight: Neville Chu
3rd in a series of weightlifter spotlights, to help our continually growing community, get to know one another outside of "What do you snatch and clean & jerk?". Hoping that these stories brings us closer together as a community of people who share a common obsession with the sport.
Today's spotlight shines down over Portland, Oregon on a new father, husband, coach and well respected physical therapist Neville Chu.
I had the pleasure of meeting Neville at the Industrial Strength Fall Classic back in 2015. Not only was he respectful of our gym/house but lifted with great passion and commitment during the meet. I have since bumped into him on several occasions at meets and at a Clinical Athlete Weightlifting seminar taught by Dr. Quinn Hennoch. I found out then he was a physical therapist. It's not common, in this day and age, that you find medical professionals who are not only knowledgeable about the pillars of their profession but also practice and test those theories day to day. Neville is one of those people. He helps athletes and every day folk regain pain free movement in a rehabilitative setting and competes in the sport of weightlifting at a high level. Please allow me the pleasure of introducing you to Neville Chu.
- How long have you been weightlifting for? I started weightlifting exclusively in 2010, so on and off for 6 years.
- Your personal mantra? Trust your training.
- How many days a week do you train? 4-5
- Who does all your programming? I used to do it all myself but recently started getting coaching from Jared and Dave Fleming. I have a bad habit of over-programming for myself so I needed to hand that task over to someone with more experience.
- Who do you train with? Magnus Barbell
- How did you get started in weightlifting? I started CrossFit in 2008 through some coworkers when I was a personal trainer in southern California. I asked a friend (Max Mormont from CrossFit Costa Mesa) to coach me as an athlete and mentor me as a trainer. After he trained me for SoCal Regionals in 2009 I figured I could become a better CrossFitter if I were more proficient at weightlifting. I spent a few months training technique and became addicted. It helped that I didn't have to run anymore!
- What are your best competition lifts or training lifts if you choose not to compete? Competition: Snatch - 111, CJ - 141; Training - Snatch - 114, CJ 135
- Do you compete and if so why? Yes. I like setting goals. I like challenging myself. I feel like competing keeps me focused and takes the monotony out of training.
- What is your biggest accomplishment in weightlifting? I'm not a very accomplished weightlifter but I wanted to compete at the Oregon State Championships before my son was born. It's not a huge deal, but I wanted to have a story to tell him when he gets older about the importance of having and achieving goals.
- What would you say is most important to you in your success? My wife. Training takes a lot of time but she knows it's important to me and she has become my biggest cheerleader. Her support makes it easier to focus.
- What would you say is your biggest hurdle in weightlifting? Time. My career has taken a lot of time and energy so it can be difficult to find the ability to train consistently.
- What would you say is your biggest asset in weightlifting? My mentality. My dad has always shown me from a young age to make all my efforts count and if you're going to half-ass it then don't even try.
- Whats your favorite post workout recovery meal or snack? Breakfast burritos and diet coke.
- What’s your favorite jam to listen to when you train. I usually listen to hip hop while training. If I need a jolt of energy I'll listen to Rage Against the Machine. If I need to relax and focus a little more I listen to classic rock or reggae.
- Tell us something that no ones knows about you as a weightlifter? Before I became a CrossFitter/weightlifter I was a half-marathon runner. I've done 4 or 5 of them and at one point even had goals of doing a triathalon. I'm glad those days are behind me.