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    Gibbertron is offline Junior Member
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    Default My first TSC results

    Full disclosure this was done alone in my local gym, I sadly couldn't find any place nearby that was holding the event.

    I "competed" in the novice division.

    Dead lift 345
    pull up 9
    snatch 117 with 16kg

    score: 80%

    My program leading up to this was Rop with dead lifts on the variety days.

    I was most pleased with my dead lift, I only started dead lifting in May and feel I have made great progress.

    Biggest disappointment was the pull ups. This defiantly need more work.

    All in all I'm happy with the results and look forward to even greater progress next year.

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    The fact that you did it is an accomplishment. Congrats on the numbers! Those are a solid novice class set of numbers. What is your bodyweight by the way?

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    Gibbertron is offline Junior Member
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    Thanks bwwm! I currently weigh 183.5. I'm hoping to compete in the open division by May but the snatch with a 24 is a doozie.
    I also probably could have pulled closer to 360 in the dead lift but I was pretty conservative in my first and second attempts. What would you say a good goal for the next tsc?
    Last edited by Gibbertron; 09-30-2012 at 06:55 AM. Reason: entered exact weight.

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    360 is a 2x bw DL - 345 is VERY good!

    At 183 - I think you should focus on your pull-ups because that's where you're going to make your most gains on the score. Consider Pavel's Fighter pull-up program if you are not already. Mix a few weeks of weighted pull-ups in once in a while. You'll be hitting 20 in no time.

    For snatches, I would work up to the 24kg bell carefully, going to heavier snatch bells is definitely a shock to the system. If you have to spend some time with the 20kg bell, that is a good stepping stone. I think you could put up a pretty good score - maybe in the 70 - 80% or more depending on how things go. It may take a year or so to get to 100%, but it's not about the end goal, it's about the journey. You'll learn a lot about yourself. I know I have.

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    Because of past shoulder problems I never got serious with my snatching. I wanted to increase my presses and thought snatching (even with the ETK protocol) would detract from my pressing progress - I was overly cautious and fearful of another injury. But I know now this fear was unfounded as long as my technique was solid. I did swing quite a bit tho for condx. On rare occassions I would do a few snatch reps with the 24 - but thats about it. The 24 really did challenge my grip, and my grip was my weakest link.

    Then I did a cycle of EDT. Double snatches paired up with FSQs. The double snatches - 16kg in each hand - apparently gave my RoP snatching numbers a HUGE boost. In the past (prior to EDT) when I was on RoP I would snatch a single 20/24kg for a test and thought that was a challenge. Just within the past few days I tried the 24kg (single bell) and hit 20 reps left/right then 20 reps left and right again. Prior to EDT I would hit 12/13 reps and form would break down. I felt I could do a few more but stopped at 20 reps.

    I attribute this to the fact that my grip could handle the 16kg more readily. Even with doubles. But the overall body CNS only knew that it was working 32kg - 2x16kg. We know that it is the hips that drive the bell. And dble 16kg snatches got my hip drive into high gear. I tell you that now the 16kg bell feels near weightless when I snatch it. I was amazed!..Dennis

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    bwwm is offline Senior Member
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    No doubt grip is a huge part of snatching. In my experience (and I think Faizal has found this too), snatches help the press. There's something about the increased circulation and stamina that come with snatching that helps regenerate the shoulder muscles. When my snatches are good, my presses are good. I recently started trying out the 32kg bell for snatches, and that was an eye opener. It takes O2 deprivation to a whole 'nother level.

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    Gibbertron is offline Junior Member
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    Thanks again for all the advice. I have thought about using the fpp but I'm not quite sure how to plug it in to my current program. Currently I'm doing pull-ups in between presses on the rop.
    In regards to snatching I recently started with the 20 and have noticed a massive increase in pressing power.
    The rop seems to be incredibly synergistic, the bigger my press the better my snatch and visa versa.

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    Gibbertron, congratulations on your TSC!
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