Erring on the Side of Caution (Athlete Journal 27)

My next competition is less than two weeks away, and I’m feeling pretty confident but still being cautious.

With my competition less than two weeks away, I will have to be cautious with both my wrist and elbow. Today’s snatch workout will be light to see if all this rehab is paying off.


I did speed snatches at 60kg for two sets of five reps. I got to 70kg and found there was a bit of discomfort, so I did a set of three instead of a set of five. I switched to power snatch from the hang and did two sets of five at 60kg, then I made a 10kg jump and was able to do the five reps.

I started from the floor and alternated between full snatch and power snatch. I got two sets of five reps done with 60kg and one set at 70kg. The last exercise was snatch pulls. I knew my wrist would not bother me, so I did two sets of five reps at 110kg and two sets of three with 125kg. The last rep of the second set of three was a slow pull. The workout was okay, but I still have issues to overcome.

Tuesday: Upper Body

I stuck with incline presses, doing 160lb for four sets of six. I did behind neck press with 135lb for four sets of six reps. The weights were not very challenging, but I was erring on the side of caution and hoping this would help the rehab process.

Wednesday: Clean and Jerk

I do not seem to be having any problems with my wrist or elbow when I do this type of work. I did a few sets of speed cleans with 80kg for five reps and a few power cleans from the hang at the same weight, also for five reps. I switched to power cleans from the floor and I ended up at 100 kg for two sets of five. I finished off with one set of clean pulls with 140kg for a set of five, then I made a jump to 150kg and did a set of three.


Today was my day off. I spent my time massaging both my forearms and triceps.

Friday: Circuit Day

Today was a long circuit workout. With the competition so close, I did forty minutes instead of the full sixty. Everything was feeling pretty good by the end of the workout.

Saturday: Clean and Jerk

I had to push it during today’s workout. I started again with a few speed cleans getting to 80kg for two sets of five. Unlike Wednesday’s workout, I went right into clean and jerks. I started back at 60kg, doing one power clean, one clean, one front squat, and one jerk. From there I took 80kg and repeated the rep sequence. Then I jumped to 100kg and did the same. I finished off with four sets with 120 kg.

My pull in the clean seems to be hurting a little. Although the weight was comfortable, it wasn’t as easy as I was hoping for. I finished off with a few clean pulls at 150kg for two sets of four and two sets with 160kg, with the last rep of the second set a slow pull. I took Sunday off to give my arm a little rest for snatches on Monday.

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.