Went in this morning to get a 1-1 session with John to work on lifting, specifically my clean. He started evaluating my form and then we talked about what I thought I was doing wrong.
We did a couple sets at increasing weight 3x high hang cleans, 3x hang cleans, 3x power cleans. And then we did some squat cleans, working on footwork. My biggest problem is getting under the bar. I don’t really have any issues with the strength part of it, it’s just getting under the bar. We dissected that part and there were some things that really clicked today. He gave me some good drills to work on so that the movements essentially become muscle memory. Towards the end, he had me do 3x power cleans and built up to a heavy weight. In between, he had me doing increasing weight of front squats. My legs are toast from Jackie yesterday, but the squats felt pretty good. I also need to work on my footwork, as I tend to “starfish” out a bit with my right leg. Okay, a lot. Especially when it gets heavy. Getting my elbows through when it becomes heavy is also a problem, it almost seems like an after thought. Like I lift the weight and then I’m like “fast elbows.” And by that time it’s too late.
One thing that I know is true of myself is that I tend to over-think things – especially before I lift. When I went into the set-up, I would tend to be down there and think about the lift too much. He suggested that I think about the lift before I go into the set-up and just get down there, set-up and go. It worked. I ended up PR’ing my power clean today at 135# 🙂 and did two reps at that weight. I got two lifts at 135#, and then got in my head too much.
I’m excited that I had this session with John and hope to do some more sessions with him. He had me do some dumb bell work and then I was done for this week.