An Eventful Trip to the Physio (Athlete Journal 49)

I finally got in to see the physio about my wrist. Unfortunately the day after the visit, my hand was even worse.


My body weight was solid at 187lbs. My program had me doing snatch work, starting with pulls off the blocks and the bar at knee height. I was pulling to just underneath my chin.

Snatch Pull Off the Blocks:

  • 40kg for 2 sets of 6
  • 70kg for 2 sets of 5
  • 90kg for 2 sets of 4

Power Snatch Off the Blocks:

  • 50kg for 2 sets of 5
  • 70kg for 2 sets of 5
  • 80kg for 2 sets of 5

The second set of five was a little bit of a struggle, especially on the last two reps. I got rid of the blocks and did pull, power snatch, and snatch starting with 40kg with one rep of each, along with 50kg, 60kg, 70kg, and 80kg. I stayed at 90kg and did four sets. I missed the snatch on the first three sets, finally making it on the fourth set. I jumped to 95kg and did one pull and one snatch, then finished up with 80kg for one pull and three power snatches.

Monday: Back Squats

I took a long time to warm up, and I spent considerable time caressing the empty bar. Finally I felt ready to move up.

Back Squat:

  • 70kg for 2 sets of 5
  • 110kg for 2 sets of 5
  • 130kg for 2 sets of 5
  • 150kg for 2 sets of 3

They weren’t hard, but there was no way I could have done two sets of five, so I pulled back to sets of three.


Today was just a little bit of upper body work, doing inclines, presses, and curls.


My legs were feeling a little uncomfortable. Warming up was a slow tedious task, doing speed snatch with the empty bar. I was finally able to move to some weight.

Speed Snatch:

  • 50kg for 2 sets of 5
  • 70kg for 2 sets of 5

Power Snatch From the Floor:

  • 50kg for 2 sets of 5
  • 60kg for a set of three
  • 70kg for a set of three
  • 80kg for a tough set of 2
  • 85kg for another tough set of 2
  • 90kg for a really tough 4 sets of 2
  • 95kg for 1 – My wrist was tender and I wondered if this thing will ever settle down.

Snatch Pulls:

  • 50kg for 2 sets of 5

Thursday: Front Squats

The warm up didn’t feel bad, but my legs were very tired.

Front Squat:

  • 70kg for 2 sets of 5
  • 100kg for 4 sets of 5

The last set felt half decent. In the afternoon I went to my first physio appointment and worked on mobilizing the wrist joint. It felt better, but will see what happens the next day.


I woke up and my wrist looked like Dr. McCoy injected me with the vaccine for the Melvaran mud fleas, and my hand swelled up like a balloon. Waiting patiently to be able to use my hand. Hence no long circuit today.


Hand still in rough shape.

Terry Hadlow got started in Olympic weightlifting in 1970 and is the only Canadian to have competed in senior nationals in five different decades – 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. Follow Terry’s journal here to learn about his approach to training and competing.