Went to Jarrod’s OLY Lifting session. Class of 11 people, drilling and working on the snatch and clean & jerks. Jarrod warned that at about the one hour mark, our brains would start to shut down, and I was no exception. Definitely a lot of information thrown at us and a lot of drills. I have so much work to do. This post isn’t going to be very articulate, but suffice it to say – I learned stuff and stuff.
Started out with snatches. I have a terrible stripper butt in the 3rd to 2nd position (floor to knee). This means I lift my hips / ass before I lift my shoulders / torso. He gave me some drills to work on to ensure that I lift them both at the same time. We had some time to work with a heavier weight and I worked up to 80#. One of my lifts at 80# felt good, the others I was definitely stripper butt-ing it and pressed a couple of them up. 80 was a good number for me mentally, as my previous 1RM is 90. Kept it at 80 and didn’t go higher – and that was a smart decision. The things I need to work on: everything. More specifically: stripper butt, staying close to the body, not being afraid to get under it. Didn’t try squat snatches – but will definitely be drilling those as well.
Next up was the clean and jerk session. Same concepts with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd positions. I have the most trouble when I am coming off the floor. Stripper butt and not enough explosive hip movement. Went to the jerk and while I usually feel confident about my jerk, didn’t feel confident after this session. Once it gets heavier, I don’t like to get under the bar and I don’t split my feet into the position that they should be in order for me to get under. For each person, Jarrod drew on the floor where our feet should be. The line is where our feet should be starting. Bisecting the line. The front horseshoe is where my front foot should be landing, back horseshoe is where my back foot should be landing. (Toes should be touching the front of the horseshoe). As it got heavier, the red horseshoes is where my feet were landing. Definitely have some work to do.
Played around with the clean and jerk at 115 and then I just got really, really tired. Shoulders and arms were smoked after the last couple of days working out. Brain was also overwhelmed with all the information and work I had ahead. Can’t wait until the next session.