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Athlete Journal Entry 13 - 1/20/2014


I took Sunday off from training. The combination of coaching and lifting this week has proven to be demanding.


Breaking Muscle Shop



Monday became my Sunday this week, and I was looking forward to the front squat challenge. I took 112kg for 7, 5, and 3 stop squats for 2 sets. The weights went very well - so well, in fact, that on my last set of stop squats I took 120 kg and they were very comfortable. Reflecting back on the competition, the 125kg clean should not have been that hard when 120kg stop squats for three reps were so easy just two days later.


Tuesday: Upper Body


On Tuesday I slid back into the regular schedule. I did my regular upper body workout, keeping the weights pretty much the same as the last weeks. My behind neck press was done with 135lbs, inclines with 155lbs, narrow pull downs with 160lbs, and curls with 30lbs. My first three sets were warm up and the last three sets were done with the previously mentioned weights.


Wednesday: Snatch


Today was snatches as my legs are still a little tender from Monday.


  • Speed snatch: 40kg x 6 x 2 set
  • 50kg x 6 x 2 set
  • Power snatch from the hang:  65 x 6 x 2 sets
  • 75kg x 6 x 2 sets


My legs were tired - remember, this was a rest week. I knew I needed to unload to get ready for the next cycle.


Thursday: Rest Day


Today was totally off training, except that work was pretty busy and I didn’t get out of the gym till after 9:30pm after starting at 7:30am.


Friday: Fitness Day


I did rest week long-circuit-only work for 35 seconds every two minutes, instead of 35 seconds every minute.




Today I took off, sort of. We just finished a snow storm so my Saturday training was shoveling snow.




I had to change Sunday’s workout to something else other than front squats. I wasn’t sure what to do so I did my warm up and decided as I went, based on how I was feeling. The warm up with the bar felt very good. My shoulders and legs felt good, so I decided on snatches. I took 50, 60, 70, and 80kg all for five reps. I changed up the rep scheme to one pull, one power snatch, one full snatch, one pull, and one full snatch from four power snatch and one full snatch, which I did in my warm up. I took 90kg and did three relatively easy  sets. Then I got a little cocky and loaded up 100kg. I wanted to do one pull, one power snatch, and one full snatch. I did the pull power snatch combo but missed the full snatch on the three sets I tried. I dropped back down to 90kg and got the five reps easy. Note to self - must do more heavy weights for singles and doubles.