Friday 11 September 2009

Friday's fighting lifts

I split up my session again today, doing my squats in the morning and the rest of my session later in the day. I was feeling okay after yesterday's tough session and I wanted to push the weights up a little. Here is what I did:

Front Squat--2x5@60 1x3@ 80, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140 for three triples. These were tough enough, but I ground them out.

Later that day...

Snatch--2x3@40 1x2@50, 60, 70, 80 1x1@90, 95, 100--I missed this. My head was not capable of this on the day, so I went down to 90, back up to 95 again and then I went up to 97kg for two more singles. My back lock felt good and I think by next week I will be lifting a little higher again.

Snatch Pulls--3x2@105--These felt good and I really tried to get as much flexion as possible.

2 Front Squats + 1 Jerk--1x3@70, 70, 90, 100, 110, 120--After doing my squats earlier, my legs were pretty fried. I failed with 120 twice in the Jerk. I then reasoned that I was getting the bar high enough, but I was not getting into position to catch the bar properly. I sorted out my head for the third rep and I ground it out. I had to get pretty low in the catch and it was not pretty, but I got it. I left it there because I was feeling a bit of pain around my left elbow for the first time. I am not sure why this is the case, but over the last two weeks or so, I have felt it coming on. I will monitor this and make sure it does not get worse.

I will leave you with a link to an interview with an American weightlifting coach Glenn Pendlay. It is fascinating and correlates to some of the things Jim Schmitz and Charlie Hamilton told me in their interviews and in the gym. It is pretty long, but it is very interesting, so I would advise you to take the time to listen, particularly if you are a coach.

As an extra bonus feature, here is a video of Lu Yong, the 85kg class champion in Beijing. His lifting is exemplary, so enjoy:


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