Yes, I made up the word in the title. But it should be a word because Tommy Hayden is a legend and the dictionary does not do him justice. Tommy was just finished coaching Cathal Twaddle and I asked him to help work on my Snatch technique. The take home points were that I simply need to explode with the second pull faster and that aside from my back, my technique is fine. I was focusing on staying over the bar and keeping it close. Extending up, rather than back. Trajectory wise, I was really happy with how the lifts were going and now, once I get them habitual, I can work on the speed. As my back lock improves, my speed and power will be better translated. I worked up to 5 singles of 95kg. I missed two and got five. I only missed the lifts because of forgetting to simply finish the pull. Over-analysis I am afraid. This would normally be a comfortable Power Snatch, but with the new grip I am still getting used to the feel of the movement.
I then did some pretty unsuccessful Snatch Pulls with 99kg and this was frustrating. It really is a lot more difficult to lock in with the wider grip, but I will have to get used to it. The first few times I used chop sticks I had no idea what to do. It took a while but I adapted. Is the Snatch as easy as chop sticks?
I was supposed to do Jerks from the rack, but it was being used and instead of waiting for ten minutes or changing platforms, I did Power Clean and Jerks, working up to 110 for three singles. My Jerk was not very smooth or efficient last night, but this rarely happens so I have to accept it, move on and follow the program to the letter next time. I then worked up to three doubles with 150 in the Back Squat. Nice and chilled out for the first week.
That was it. I am training again today and tomorrow. Today is an active recovery session where I am Snatching up to 80 for three singles and Front Squatting 120 for three singles. Very light and it should leave me sprightly for Saturday's session.
How is this for a 208kg Snatch:
And Rybakov Snatching 191kg weighing around 90kg or so. What a freak!