Sunday 1 March 2009

Sunday's snappy Snatches

Today's training was very intense but enjoyable. Yesterday was very demanding both physically, mentally and because of the two other elements, emotionally. I have never felt emotional after a training session before, but after the second and third sessions yesterday, it was a first.
I woke up today with only a slightly stiff lower back. Other than this, my legs felt fine, which is silly considering I squatted to max twice in the same day. The first session was very tough to get through for us all except Andy, who came down this morning for training after having to work yesterday. His enthusiasm and legendness got us tired and grumpy folk through that hour long first session that felt like it would never end. The second session was better due to us being more awake and knowing we were Snatching heavy again. The others were not too impressed by the cryotherapy, but I figured that if I was not stiff after four intense hour long sessions, something had to be good about it. Then again, myself and Sami did a third session while the others only did two. Anyway, here is what I did:

Warm Up--We did not count this as part of the session
Overhead Squats--5x3
Drop Snatch--2x2@bar 2x2@40
Hang Power Snatch--1x3@40

Session 1: One hour

30 minutes of Power Snatch--1x3@40 1x2@60, 60 1x1@70, 75, 80, 85--This was not very high so I did not go higher. I went back down to 70 for 5/6 doubles.
30 minutes of Power Cleans--1x2@60, 60 1X1@80, 90, 100, 110, 115--This last rep drove me down so I went back down to 100 for three doubles.

45 minute break

Warm up with Overhead Squats and Drop Snatches again
Session 2: One hour
Snatch--2x3@40 1x2@60, 70 1x1@75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 98, 100, 102, 103.5--It took me two attempts to get this. I then got 105, which is the most I have Snatched in ages. I missed 106 just about so I left it there. I really focused on extending all the way up with my pull and this really helped.
Front Squat--1x2@50, 90 1x1@110, 130, 140, 150, 155--Thius was a new pr in the Front Squat. I got buried by 160, but I was happy enough.

I then did two seperate cryo sessions for five minutes each after out two training sessions.

All in all, this was a great experience and I am really happy my Snatch went well today. I enjoyed training with the Limerick boys and our usual Hercs' people along with our coaches, Harry and Tommy. Thanks to everyone for all their effort.


Eamonn Flanagan said...

Good lifting on Sunday Barry. Impressive that you put up 105 after all the work we did on Saturday.

Definitely wasnt a fan of the cryo myself on Saturday, I think we definitely needed more time between the cryo session and the clean and jerk training sessions. The knees were creaking in that one.

Felt pretty good on Monday though. Perhaps the two cryos on Sunday helped a bit. Certainly seems to make more sense to me to do them at the end of the day (or if you have a long gap between sessions). Not much soreness at all. But hard to know exactly what contributes to recovery. There are so many factors: sleep, food, mental, sauna etc.

Will send on the last video (sunday's snatches and squats) later on tonight or tomorrow.

Barry said...

Your lifting was also very good despite not being able to perform the lifts with your wrist injury. I enjoyed the weekend and the atmosphere. Des and Troy made my day on Sunday.

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