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Kevin McGuinness
04-03-2012, 02:33 PM
Hi all and welcome to my training log.

I'm a 23-year-old rugby player who has temporarily side-lined his rugby shenanigans due to injury concerns. I'm in the second year of George Washington's DPT (physical therapy) program. I'm enjoying my studies however, if you cannot perform the physical duties of of a physical therapist, you can't pass your practicals. With this in mind I decided to take up a competitive endeavor with a lower injuries-per-player-hour rate.

I've done strength training for years but this is my first exposure to olympic-style lifting. This log will document my training up to my first competition on April 21st.

Generally speaking I'll be lifting 3 days/wk. Monday's focus is on repetitions, Thursday's focus is on technique/assistance lifts, and Friday is heavy day. We do the best we can sticking to a consistent schedule, however, since my coach, teammates, and I are all graduate students we occasionally need miss/cancel a training session.

I'm currently 80kg and trying to cut down to 77kg for the first time since I was in high school.

Thanks in advance for your support. Wish me luck.

Kevin McGuinness
04-03-2012, 02:45 PM
(Gotta play a little catch-up)

Friday 3/16

Snatch Max: 70kg
C+J Max: 90kg


Monday 3/19

Snatch triples up to 65kg
C+J triples up to 75kg


Thursday 3/22

Snatch Balance: 50x3x2, 55x3, 60x3x2, 62.5x3x2, 60x2, 65x2
Hang Clean: 50x3x2, 60x3, 65x3, 70x2, 75x2, 77x2, 80x2x2
Clean Pull: 80x2, 90x3, 95x3x4
1 Front Squat: 50x3, 60x3, 65x3, 70x3, 82.5 x6, 82.5x4


Friday 3/23

Sn Pull: 60x3, 70x3, 75x3, 85x3, 87x2x3, 87x3
Sn Balance: 50x3, 55x3, 60x2, 65x1, 70x1, 75x1, 77x1, 80x1(f), 80x1
C+J: 60x2, 70x2, 75x1, 80x1, 85x1, 90x1, 95x1, 97x1, 100x1(f), 100x1


Monday 3/26

Snatch: 47x3x2, 52x3, 57x3x2, 60x3x2, 62x3x2, 65x3
C+J: 60x2, 65x2, 67x2x2, 70x2x2, 72x2x2, 75x2, 77x2
Med Bal Throws w/ Rotation: 3x10
Planks: 1minx4


Tuesday 3/27

Back Squat: 100x3x3
Front Squat: 80x3x2


Thursday 3/29

Snatch Complex: [3 mSn + 2 Snhp + 1 Sn + 2 OHS] x 4 – 30, 32.5, 35, 35
Clean Complex: [1 DL + 1 Cl + 1 pSq + 1 PP + 1 Jerk] x 5 – 60, 65, 70, 72.5, 72.5
GHD Ab Holds: 30s, 20s, 20s, 25s

Kevin McGuinness
04-08-2012, 02:45 PM
Training schedule got switched around a bit this week. Friday training was cancelled so we moved heavy day to Monday. I hit both of my competition goals (80kg snatch and 100kg C+J) so I'm very pleased with how much progress I've been making.

New Goal: 85kg snatch and 110kg C+J

Monday 4/2

Snatch max: 80kg
C+J max: 102.5kg
GHD Ab Holds: 30s x 4
Standing Cable Rotation: 17.5lbs x8x3


Thursday 4/5

SOTS Press: 20x5, 25x3x2, 27.5x3, 30x3, 32.5x3x3
Clean-grip OHS: 20x5, 25x5, 30x5, 32.5x3, 35x3
Clean Pull: 70x5, 80x5, 90x5, 95x3, 100x3, 105x3, 110x3, 120x3
Rack Jerk: 50x5, 60x5, 70x3x2, 80x2, 90x1, 95 x1


I decided to try the squat jerk on Friday. My split jerk still feels very unnatural and the squat jerk felt pretty good, I'll keep it in consideration.

Friday 4/6

Snatch: 40x3, 50x3x2, 55x3x2, 60x2x1, 65x2x2, 70x1x2, 75x1
C+J: 50x3, 60x3x2, 65x3x2, 70x2x2, 75x2, 80x1x2, 85x1

Kevin McGuinness
04-09-2012, 07:17 PM
The diet is starting to really take a toll on my energy levels. I'm able to get myself amped up for training, so it hasn't affected my training much yet, but I'm starting to think my body will be much happier moving up to 85kg after this competition.

2 weeks to go...

Monday 4/9

Snatch triples up to 67.5x3x3
C+J doubles up to 85x2x3

Kevin McGuinness
04-13-2012, 06:54 PM
Great session tonight. I'm one week out from my competition and I hit two new PR's. My weight is stuck at 79kg right now so I might have to do some water manipulation to make weight. Feeling good though.

Friday 4/13

Snatch max: 85kg
C+J max: 105kg


Inching closer and closer to a 200kg total.

Kevin McGuinness
04-16-2012, 06:31 PM
Week of the competition, so I'll be tapering off the intensity and focusing on my nutrition and recovery.

Monday 4/16

Snatch: singles up to 77x1x3
C+J: singles up to 92x1x3
Front Squat: 90x3x2
GHD ab holds: 30sx4
Standing medicine ball throws: 3kgx10x3
Sidebends: 70lbsx8x2 (ea. side)

Kevin McGuinness
04-20-2012, 11:30 AM
Great training session last night. Things started to "click" and the lifts started to feel effortless and natural. Weighed in at 77.9kg at the end of practice so I'll be closely monitoring my weight all day today. I also got word that my strongest competitor just withdrew from the competition. All good things.

Thursday 4/19

Snatch: singles up to 70x1x3
C+J: singles up to 85x1x3
Back Squat: triples up to 85
GHD Ab+Back circuit

Kevin McGuinness
04-20-2012, 06:35 PM
Hour of mobility/activity recovery work tonight. Weighed 76.9 afterward. Weigh-ins 12 hours from now. Hopefully I'll have good new, videos, and the mental capacity to write complete sentences tomorrow.

Kevin McGuinness
04-21-2012, 06:26 PM
Weighed in at 75.9 and then hit both of my previous PR's in my very first competition. I went 5 for 6 on lifts and placed 3rd in the 77kg novice division. I am overjoyed and very tired. I'll upload videos and post them in a few days.

Snatch Attempts:

75kg
80kg
85kg


C+J Attempts:

96kg
102kg
105kg (f)


Total: 187kg