Again?? A Quick Training Update…

Yup, I’m at it again.

I’m back training for Oly. (And hypertrophy…)

I have unfinished business. And business is good.

Right now, if I had to enter a meet tomorrow, I could easily Snatch 120kg and Jerk 150kg. (Easily Power Cleaned 130kg for a double. Nothing to write home about, but it’s been a couple of years. And it’s a start.)

I’m getting under the bar almost effortlessly for the first time in, well, maybe ever. This is how it’s meant to feel.

And my body’s holding up fine. Hips are great. Knees are great. Nothing’s holding me back.

Ok, maybe one thing – my leg strength is a little down. But it’s on it’s way back very quickly. And I just re-patterned my Back Squat yesterday. No popping in my left knee – a sure signal that my left hip was “online” and not shutting down.

Tomorrow is a heavy pulling day – lots of volume to pack on usable muscle to the ol’ upper back. Fun, fun, fun!

I fully expect to Snatch 140kg by Christmas, quite possibly even Jerk 180kg. At this pace, it will happen. Just gotta get it done in a meet.

More later…

Quick Training Tip: Here’s something Alfonso taught me back in ’97 (Wish I’d listened a little better…) Don’t let your speed decrease. When it does, you should switch exercises or stop your training session.

6 comments… add one
  • Jon Sep 3, 2010 @ 8:12

    Do you mean speed in the actual movement or the tempo of the workout?

    • GEOFFN Sep 3, 2010 @ 9:06

      Jon, The speed of the movement. Seek to move the load as quickly as possible, while maintaining strict form and control. When you can no longer do that, move on.

  • Randy Hauer Sep 3, 2010 @ 10:23

    Speed as a training parameter as far back as ’97? Gee, I thought the Gym Movement guys “invented” that one.
    Glad to hear you are moving well again. Good luck.

  • Sebastien Sep 3, 2010 @ 12:25

    Hey Geoff,
    Happy to hear you’re movements are getting better.
    1. when you say “popping in the knee,” do you mean a big “pop” or a little snappy “pop?” When I squat it does a small crack in the knees, but nothing that hurts (I thought it was normal 😛 )
    2. is the speed of movement recommendation only for olympic lifting, or whenever? I am so confused with Pavel saying to grind it out, while others say to move the load as fast as possible. Would you change your recommendation for something like a GTG approach or PTP (due to possible CNS “over-stimulation”).

    • Sebastien Sep 4, 2010 @ 18:45

      After re-checking in PTP pro(I knew it wasn’t really with the CNS), I meant adrenal fatigue.

  • Russ Moon Sep 3, 2010 @ 15:23

    Speed – thank you, is this an intelligent time to deploy a leap down the rack to pack on more volume while keeping the speed in the optimal range ?

    I think you are right to celebrate being healthy and hitting those weights that validate you are going where you want to go. Builds the momentum.

    Thank you for reminding me also that in order to hit those goals I have to temper the fire with “be safe”.

    Thanks for sharing the feelings during the chase.

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