View Full Version : Great Training Day!

Brian DeGennaro
03-30-2009, 01:44 PM
I just thought I'd share my attempts from today's practice. I'm really excited just because I've never lifted so well (minus my 2nd c&j) before.

Snatches: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUGhmYnPMls
C&J: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_dwmPfd9TE&feature=channel_page

Arden Cogar Jr.
03-30-2009, 02:19 PM
Well done Brian. Again, you are one rugged dude. I reckon you could win an novice bodybuilding contest with no diet or preparation. You bastard. :D

Seems like your jerks are a bit forward and a bit hurried? Are you flexing your glutes before you go into your dip? I've found that I can get a lot of extra pop on the jerk, if I flex my glues and turn my toes out just a tad as I'm inhaling that big breath before I jerk. I then hold the breath for about a second, then dip and jump. It might not hurt to really exaggerate "sticking your head through the window" as that first one might have been a press out. Third one was solid as rock though.

Again, excellent work.

All the best,

Dave Van Skike
03-30-2009, 02:35 PM
i like your style. solid consistent progress and hard work. inspiring stuff.

Brian DeGennaro
03-30-2009, 03:26 PM
Thanks, Arden, I've been told that before. Most people who don't know me assume I am a BBer. It's funny, 6 months ago I was 70kg, now I'm 75, big difference.

The biggest problem with my jerk is I don't take a long enough split, but I wasn't quite concerned with my jerks today as I was with my cleans. My best jerk from the rack is 127.5 so I don't have to worry too much about that just yet if these are play weights. Normally I do take a slight pause at the bottom of my dip to catch the bounce of the bar as I drive.

Thanks,Dave, I'm just trying to do what I can with what I've got. Greg's got my programming down pat, I'm just following it. Hopefully I can make a qualifying total for the Americans this year.

Kevin Perry
03-30-2009, 04:29 PM
Your such a beast you little bastard.

Brian DeGennaro
03-30-2009, 05:05 PM
Hah, thanks, Kevin. I'm decent, but I could be much better if my technique was equal to my strength.

Garrett Smith
03-30-2009, 09:51 PM
Those sure are some bouncy platforms...jeez, it's coming back up to like chest height!

Brian DeGennaro
03-31-2009, 11:02 AM
I think it's a few things:

- these are Eleiko plates
- the 15kg plates are the only ones that really bounce, the 20s not so much
- I'm also throwing the weight down as well so there's more than just gravity

Yuen Sohn
04-01-2009, 06:22 PM
Nice lifts!

Hope to see you at The Sablo on May 3rd.

Brian DeGennaro
04-01-2009, 07:16 PM
I think I'm going to the ECG meet in Jersey that weekend instead.

Timothy Scalise
04-02-2009, 11:37 PM
I noticed the 15kg plates bounce more as well, the 20s and the 25s not so much. your cleans were solid really solid, im impressed. the jerks were nice but yeah I think if you got under lower with a wider base it would be better. I dont split jerk however so im not really to keen on them. overall, impressive.

John Alston
04-04-2009, 06:24 AM
Nice work. No LBH for me neither 5/3
What about the Sacred Heart meet the weekend before?

Brian DeGennaro
04-04-2009, 11:22 AM
Two meets in a week just seems kind of crazy to me; I would need to do one or the other. I could use the SH meet as a way to find my openers but that just seems like a lot of money spent between travelling and meet fees.