Rugby pitch to the platform
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.
(Gotta play a little catch-up)
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
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.
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...
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.
Inching closer and closer to a 200kg total.
Week of the competition, so I'll be tapering off the intensity and focusing on my nutrition and recovery.
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.
Now we wait...
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.
Today was a good day
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.
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