Pushing My Limits (Athlete Journal 35)
Saturday: Snatch Day
Today was speed snatch again, and my wrist was worse than last week. I tried to work my warm-up magic.
- Speed snatch: 45kg for 2 sets of 6
- Drop snatch: 45kg for 2 sets of 6
- Speed snatch and snatch: 45kg for 2 x 1 + 1 x 3, then the same with 65kg
- Power snatch from the floor with a snatch: 65kg 2 x 1 +1 x 3
From there I made a jump to 85kg and was barely able to hang on to the bar. My left wrist was just too sore for the overhead position. I switched to snatch pulls, doing 85kg, 105kg, and 115kg for three reps each set. It was a bit discouraging, because the weights didn’t feel that heavy.
Monday: Back Squats
- Back Squat: 70kg for 2 sets of 6
- Speed Squat: 110kg for 1 set of 6 speed squats
- Front Squat: 110kg for 1 set of 6
- Stop Squat: 110kg for 1 set of 6
- 140kg for 5 regular squats with a stop squat, for a total of 6 reps. I dropped back down to 110kg and did a set of ten speeds. I stopped there as the right groin was pulling a little.
Tuesday: Clean and Jerk
I started with a warm up, which felt okay and was a nice change of pace.
- 1 power clean, 1 clean, 3 front squats, and 1 jerk: 50kg
- 1 power clean, 1 clean, 3 front squats, and 1 jerk: 70kg
- 1 power clean, 1 clean, 3 front squats, and 1 jerk: 90kg
- 1 power clean, 1 clean and 2 front squats, and 1 jerk: 100kg
- 1 power clean, 1 clean and 2 front squats, and 1 jerk: 120kg
- 1 power clean, 1 clean, 1 front squat, and 1 jerk for 2 sets: 125kg
I was pretty psyched. My legs felt great and I stood up easily, but the jerk still needs a little work.
Wednesday: Upper Body
I decided I was going to try a little upper body. It didn’t take me long to bail, as my wrist was just way too sore.
Thursday was a pull workout, since I was just not able to do any overhead movements because of my wrist.
- Snatch pulls from the hang: 60kg, 70kg, 80kg, 90kg for 5 reps each
- Pulls from the floor: 115kg for one set of 3, down to 60kg for 2 sets of 5 to get some flow
- 2 pulls, plus 1 slow pull: 60kg, 90kg, 115kg, 120kg, and 125kg
My legs were tired and my knee was sore.
Friday: Circuit Day
Today was a long circuit. Again the lazy man reared his ugly head and decided to do every second station for sixty minutes.
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.