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Old 03-23-2012, 09:22 AM   #1
Jeff Bonn
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As much as I'd like to claim otherwise I've been out of training for anything for a while, effectively 1year+, and I've decided to participate in an O-lifting meet in May.

My goals: 1) Don't get injured. 2) Show up and participate. Post competition I want to continue to improve my o-lifting.

I'm about 110kg body weight (6'3") and the lowest weights lifted at this meet (at the 105+kg class) were well in excess of anything I've done ever.

Given my (transient) state of weak fatassitude does this seem like extreme folly?

Assuming not I've got some training approach questions (bear with me I'm building up to some questions).

Limitations I see:
  • T-Spine mobility: elbows drop in the front squat and OHS feels unbalanced
  • Shoulder mobility: dislocates make my pecs squawk pretty loudly
  • Shoulder stability: I've had some subluxation (room to move) in the shoulder so I feel I really need to work on my OH stability
  • Clean Receiving Pos: I tend to receive with the feet too wide and feel the knees roll inward some. I think this is compensation for lack of mobility as it makes it easier to get lower. Haven't felt comfortable trying to snatch at depth so just power snatched some light weight.
  • Hip mobility: Loss of lumbar curve in deep squats

Ok with that preamble here are some questions.
  • Should I be going at the lifts or doing more accesory work? (SNA & C&J or squats and deadlifts)
  • Since I'm working with light weights (currently ~105lb in the C&J) full or even partial depth snatches or C&J's feel very unnatural as opposed to power lifts. I've read that newbies should not power and should just do full depth lifts, which is correct?
  • Any additional thoughts or advice?
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:09 PM   #2
Matt Morris
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Location: Madison, Wi
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a few questions...
1) where are you (and is there a coach nearby)?
2) how old are you?
3) what is your training background (have you done the lifts before?)
4) how much time do you have to devote to this?
5) how is your recovery and nutrition?

best of luck!
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:29 PM   #3
Jeff Bonn
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1) There is coaching available, in fact the gym where the event is being held is sending Sarah Robles to the olympics in London. That said my schedule and budget don't leave much room at the moment, though I do hope to see that improve in the next few months.

2) I'm 32

3) I've done some Crossfit but it got too expensive and didn't keep up with it on my own. I've never been an "athlete" other than some highschool track and field.

4) I've probably got 4 or 5 hours a week to train.

5) I make time most every night to roll and stretch and try to get 8-9 hours a night. I strive to eat paleo but I'm not as compliant as I'd like to be.

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Old 03-24-2012, 05:41 PM   #4
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Progress so far. I've got a lot to work on, but I think I know what those things are.

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Old 03-27-2012, 01:11 AM   #5
Blair Lowe
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How much work have ya done from the knee or hang?

Need to set your back more from the start. Too round.

Grip looks narrow in snatch, I'm not sure on that.

I split jerk and always have so push jerk is some tin I find weird. More knowledgeable people know better than I on that.
Bar seems too far away in the positions of the lift.

I lifted in shorts today, but I really wish my sweats had been dry. Won't have that problem on Wednesday. I don't have long socks.

Are those lifting shoes? I finally bought a pai since they are required to compete. I figure a singlet will be much cheaper and I might as well make the investment now and throw down the cash while I have extra dough.
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:16 AM   #6
Matt Morris
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Sorry its been a while since I got back to you. You're clearly stronger than the loads your lifting, that's a good thing for starters. Next, I think it looks like you have a good "punch" on your lock outs on both your snatch and Jerk.

Do you have a competition that you're looking to compete in, or just interested in getting to one eventually? If you have a bunch of time, then I would take it pretty slow. Start with focusing on getting your back really tight in the start position, and keeping your back angle the same as you begin your pull. Fixing these things will improve your lifts quite a bit by improving your power transfer and bar path.

In addition to that, spend time foam rolling your thoracic spine and do front squats to improve your rack position by ACTIVELY forcing your elbows up and keeping your chest nice and high.

Post video of said front squat, btw...

Next get weightlifting shoes, you might not need to wear a singlet at a meet, so find that out before you buy one. Try to drop in on classes at the local weightlifting club if you can, partly for the coaching, and partly for the access to the better bar and bumpers...lifting is quite different with those.

Good luck and keep us posted!
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