Wednesday 4 March 2009

Wednesday's wrestling with lifelong footwork habits

I had a great session today. It took an hour and a half and I consider it very well spent. On Harry's orders, I focused exclusively on getting my feet out wider in the catch position in both the Snatch and the Clean. I need to do more of this. My catch position on the video below is as wide as I can get it at the moment. If anyone can help me with this or has any ideas it would be greatly appreciated. I am doing lots of hip flexibility and mobility, occasional use of foam roller on glutes and med ball of release the hip flexors. I am doing lots of Snatch skill work trying to focus on getting my feet out wider in the catch. I guess I am going to have to take it one half inch at a time.

Here is what I did tonight:

Hip flexibility and Band Pull Aparts
Overhead Squats--6x3 with Sami pushing me into the hole of the stretch.

Snatch--focusing on my wider foot position--1x3@40, 40 1x2@60, 60 1x1@60, 60, 60, 70, 70, 75, 80, 85, 85, 85, 85--The video above is of one of my 85 Snatches. It is light, but I am working on improving my technique and I need to consistently do so on the lighter weights before this will transfer to the heavier weights.

Clean--Like the Snatch I focused on a wider catching position and it was far easier to perform in the Clean--1x2@60, 80, 90 1x2@100 for three doubles.

It is very frustrating working on your biggest weakness but it has to be done. Thank God for video because at times it was not feeling like I was getting my feet out and I was getting very frustrated. The videos showed me I was getting them out around an inch or so, which is a start. Again, weightlifting is teaching me about patience and how we have to focus on the things we are the weakest at in order to improve.


Franklin said...

Ha! I wish we could trade or average our catch position issues .. I frequently catch with far too wide a position and thereby a great deal of power when I recover from the squat.

On the other end of the spectrum, one of the fairly new lifters at the club always moves his feet inward during the catch.

Barry said...

This is something we both need to work on Franklin. It is getting better very slowly though...

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