Thursday 10 December 2009

Tuesday and Thursday's tottering

I had very light sessions on both Tuesday and Thursday, with the focus being on flexibility and speed in the lifts. The yoga sessions I have been doing lately are really starting to help my flexibility in the receiving position in the Snatch and my overhead squats and I have noticed it in particular over the last week and a half. Similarly, when I cut out most of the starches from my diet, I began to notice a strong change after two months or so. My flexibility still has a long way to go, but it is nice to see a gradual improvement.

On both Tuesday and Thursday, I did quite a bit with the bar and used the pnf principle with the overhead squat, which really helps me get deeper into the bottom position. On Tuesday, I worked up to two doubles in the Power Snatch with 70 and a few Power Cleans with 90. This evening I worked up to two singles with 80 in the Snatch and two singles with 100 in the Clean and Jerk. I was getting irritated with my Jerk, which caused me to tighten up in the shoulder girdle; this in turn affected my technique negatively. All this means is that I need to relax more and trust my technique. The more I relax in my shoulder girdle, the more I transfer my power and the better the bar trajectory.

There is an unofficial club competition in Hercs on Saturday and I will lift in it and simply enjoy myself and see how I feel on the day. If I feel up to it, I will go for it. If not, I will just enjoy myself anyway. In the video below is one of Zag's guys who is 17 and just Cleaned 100 for the first time weighing in or around 105kg. Geoff is another guy who trains with Zag and he has been doing a lot of corrective work to sort out imbalances, and training well in general. He decided to deadlift tonight and he got two nice pb's. He has a lot of raw power there and is training hard so that he can transfer it more efficiently.


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