January 26, 2013
Today was an amazing day. I feel like I have been saying that a lot lately... which I cant imagine is a BAD thing... ever. For the last few months Saturdays at the gym have become a Oly session for me. I have been working on my clean and jerk and snatch as much as possible than using the rest of the time I am at the gym for other skills that I need to work on; toes to bar, butterfly pullups, handstand pushups, dips... and the list goes on... but really my Oly technique has been on the top of my list. Thursday nights and Saturdays have been dedicated to slow first pull, back on my heels, good bar path, quick elbows, dropping quick below the bar, keeping my core tight... I was told (promised almost) that it would be a very frustrating process, but it would be worth it in the end. Having been told that, I knew I would get annoyed, have struggles and get really pissed, but I also knew that that is how I "roll" that I would push through and work hard and get where I wanted to be...
I am still not there, but I am getting there. Realizing that hard work... practice... determination... THAT is what is going to get me where I want to be. Where I am capable of being.
I am not afraid.
CFW has become a busy place now a days... Saturday morning is no exception. M and K decided that they needed to hold more structured classes due to the amount of people that come in, open gym just wasnt working out anymore. Today, this proved to be a fantastic idea, as they held two skill sessions followed by a WOD and an oly lifting class. The oly session is going to be perfect for structured instruction on improving form and perfecting technique with both of them watching and critiquing every lift. I know I have said it before, but having two people as dedicated as they are as coaches is more of an advantage than I could ask for. They are skilled, talented and knowledgeable... both have very different styles of coaching, both know exactly how to coach their athletes and both believe that if we set goals for ourselves they can help us get there. To be sucessful you need to have people behind you that believe in you.
Today was what I need to boost myself into the "open season." All these weeks of frustration pays off when I have a session like today. By any means, I am not done. I know there is a lot more work that has to go into my technique. I will put in that work, I will endure more frustrating workouts, I will not stop trying... but it feels good when I have that glimpse into the payoff.
Snatch Warmup as a Group
- Snatch First Pull Skills
- 15 Min 1RM Snatch
(65, 75, 85, 95, 105, 115 (F))
- Clean and Jerk Skills
- 15 Min 1 RM Clean and Jerk
(145, 155, 165, 175, 180 <----PR, 185 clean, failed to jerk)
- HSPU Skill
- Ring Dip Skill