Posts Tagged ‘Olympic Weightlifting’

Here’s last week’s recap and my goals for the upcoming week.

Last week:

  • Fitness
    • I probably had one of my best weeks of fitness in a long time!
    • Snatched 240lbs for the first time in over 3 years
    • Split Jerk 310lbs for the first time in over a year
    • Oh, and a week ago, I did a BACKFLIP for the first time!! Thanks to the crew at i99fit (Coach Anthony, specifically) for teaching me how in 45 MINUTES!
      • Here’s a video they shared that shows the progression of drills he took me through! So much fun!
  • Other
    • It was my birthday last week! I spent time outside in the sun, visited some breweries and played games with wifey, hung out with friends, and didn’t need to set an alarm to get up early on Saturday morning!
    •  Went to my first Red Rocks Amphitheater concert of the year. Wednesday, Em woke up and asked if I wanted to go to the show. I’m not usually one to turn down a chance to go to Red Rocks, so we went and saw Kygo. It was a good show, and definitely got me excited for some of the shows I’m really looking forward to this year!
    • I said I wanted to mow this week, and I did. Between that, whacking some weeds, and helping Em pull weeds for a bit, the back yard is ready for summertime hangouts!

This week:

  • I didn’t get to reading/studying for my nutrition certification because of my birthday shenanigans, but will this week.
  • I learned to do a backflip, right? Well, then I didn’t practice them at all during the week! This week, one day, I’ll do my first backflip attempt “in the wild” and remind myself that I know how to do them now.

Alright, your turn. What’s going on with all of you?

Pic of the week comes from parts of my birthday celebration. Friends took me out to lunch to celebrate, and I got bday tequila shot! How fun is that? I also got green golf balls, tees, and a new green golf glove. Guess I need to brush the dust off of my clubs and get ready to play! Then on Saturday night, I got some late-night pizza from a place I haven’t been to in YEARS! And yes, it was still delicious!

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What a time to be alive!

Self-driving cars, sushi burritos, and billions and billions of armchair coaches (who watched seven Coach Burgener videos and three hundred slow-motion montages from “Hook Grip“) that are chomping at the bit to let you know what you did wrong on your last lift!

I’ve been in this game for a long time, and when I review my own lifts I can tell you what I’m doing wrong. I already know! I’m constantly working to get better because it’s a process. If it were easy, everyone would be perfect. That’s why I post so many of my training videos online, because I want advice and (constructive) feedback on how to get better.

Most people are not me, though.

UnsolicitedAdvice

When you’re scrolling through your phone looking to share your endless wealth of knowledge (especially to people you don’t even know), think twice before hitting “enter” on your post. If you’re actually in a gym but aren’t the coach, be extra careful!

Last month I wrote a post about the risks of giving advice if you’re not qualified to do so. (One wrong cue could lead to someone else getting hurt because of you.) This post isn’t about you being qualified, though. It’s about being aware enough to recognize when no one asked you in the first place! That may sound harsh, but it’s true. If a friend asks you to watch and critique, that’s one thing. But otherwise, let it go.

“Oh man, you missed that snatch. Extend your hips more, scarecrow tall, pull under harder, and punch to the sky next time!”

“Are you sure? I thought I was supposed to pull the bar up to my eyeballs and then fall on my back. Is that not how this lift works? Thanks so much for your help that I didn’t ask for…”

Moral of the Story

Don’t give someone unsolicited lifting advice if:

(A) You’re not qualified to do so.

(B) You weren’t asked for it!

There are, of course, exceptions to this rule. But there are far more people giving advice than those asking for it! This is something I’ve had to get better with, myself. My intentions are always so positive in wanting to help others, but I need to remind myself that not everyone wants my opinion. If I’m leading a class, that’s one thing, as I’m literally being paid to help others. But outside of that scenario, I try to only give feedback when I’m asked for it!

Oh my…… he’s done it. He’s finally done it. SOMEONE has finally created an effective ratio calculator for the Olympic Lifts, and some of their accessory counterparts.

If you known anything about Olympic Weightlifting in the United States, then you know the name Sean Waxman. A coach for nearly 25 years, he has owned and run Waxman’s Gym for the last 6+ years. The lifters that he has produced through his experience, his coaches on staff, and his personal style have gone on to produce great results at the national and international level, and has also helped train some of the top athletes in the CrossFit game.

When I saw some of my “high-profile” friends on Facebook share a link this morning, I didn’t think it could actually be what the Title of the post claimed, but it is!

You, the lifter, plug in your max Snatch and Clean and Jerk numbers. Then, based on what information you have you can also put in certain supplemental lifts or variations, for your Snatch (Overhead Squat, Power Snatch, Snatch Blocks Abv Knee, and Hang Snatch Below Knee) and your Clean and Jerk (Clean, Back Squat, Front Squat, Jerk, Clean Blocks Abv Knee, Hang Clean Below Knee). From that info, an INCREDIBLE summary of your lifts, along with feedback on ways to improve them.

Example, here are my numbers:

First it asked for my current lifetime PR’s for the two Olympic Lifts

Next, the variations of the Snatch and Clean and Jerk. You don’t NEED to have any of these, so I put in the ones I was fairly confident were correct

After that…. you click the “Evaluate Me” button. Complicated, huh?

The next part is where you get all of your feedback and suggestions. First, it shows the variance from your 1RM lifts, to the other variations and movements for each

I am a very visual person, so this was fun to see. However, by themselves, the graphs don’t mean too much. Here’s what followed

The site begins by specifically referencing the ratio between your snatch and clean and jerk. Then it goes on to give you a diagnosis and some suggestions on how to strengthen the supplemental movements to make yourself either stronger, more balanced, or perhaps more well-rounded in general.

This site is SO cool, and I think that every lifter and coach should reference it as a key resource to help identify key areas for improvement!

Want to try it for yourself? CLICK HERE!

Do you want help with your lifting? Reach out to me, I’ve been taking on new remote clients and would love to help!

Lift well, friends.