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    Default Back on the grid - training recap, olympic lifting vids, new blog

    Comrades,

    (Been a while since I used that greeting!)

    I have been "lurking" and not posting much on this forum for the last several months. I am happy to report that I'm back in the Party - it's been too long and I hope to be more consistent with my training updates and comments.

    I have updated my blog on this site with the details of my training. Right now I'm focused on one thing: Olympic weightlifting. I also created a YouTube channel to share my videos, linked below:

    YouTube - First Olympic weightlifting videos

    I welcome and appreciate any comments on my lifts. You can commment here or on YouTube; I will probably respond on this site much more often.

    Thanks for reading. It's good to be back!

    Alex

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    Default Looking Good

    You would have had that 120 clean if you hadn't fought it at the sticking point...drop back into the hole and catch a bounce out and drive thru.
    Front squats are key, but even if you can front squat it for a triple, it still doesn't mean you won't get buried with the same weight in the clean: the clean is different skill and you will get stronger/better/more consistent by practicing cleans.

    Snatch...very smooth...a little more pop at the top, maybe, but 100 sn 120 cj is a good ratio.

    Your positions look really good...what weight class are you? Where do you train?

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    Thanks Randy,

    Yeah I see what you mean about the clean... I am currently working on my timing to get that bounce, definitely helps out of the hole. Increasing my pull speed/pop at the top is an all-around goal of my pull in both lifts, my coach noticed the same thing. I am 77kg, train at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs.

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    Alex,

    Looks good. Some quick pointers that may help:
    1. On your snatch, focus on speeding up your 2nd pull.
    2. Like Randy said, work your front squat. Also, work the clean from the high point and focus on really driving out of the hole.
    3. Improve your ankle mobility so you can keep your heels down on the catch of both weights. This will help you stand up easier.

    Keep up your good work.

    Geoff

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    Geoff, I appreciate the tips!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roman View Post
    Thanks Randy,

    Yeah I see what you mean about the clean... I am currently working on my timing to get that bounce, definitely helps out of the hole. Increasing my pull speed/pop at the top is an all-around goal of my pull in both lifts, my coach noticed the same thing. I am 77kg, train at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs.
    No problem...Geoff makes some excellent observations.
    My best friend in college was a USAF Academy grad...but he went into the Army! I don't think they had WL at the Academy back then (1970s) but I may be wrong. Don't tell me they have kettlebells too!!??

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    Randy,

    That's cool about your friend. Fun fact - it was a 70's grad who landed that plane in the Hudson earlier this year.

    I came here at a very fortunate time: the Academy hired a new head strength and conditioning coach who's USAW-certified as a club coach, has a wealth of knowledge and used to compete himself. He found a couple of former football guys who wanted to lift and they started the club. I heard about it from a friend and "walked on" with no prior experience about 10 months ago, I really enjoy it.

    No kettlebells as primary training tools here, as far as official athletics go. Although there are some lying around the pool (of all places) since the special-ops hopefuls use them in a bunch of different workouts. (I once saw them throw KBs into the 20-foot pool and go retrieve them... some of those guys are pretty intense all around and especially in the water, since they want to go into Pararescue, navy SEALs, etc.)

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    10 months ago!? You've got talent...stick with it!

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