Old Guy O-Lift Training - Mang Foremong
Seek help from all but esp Matt since you are ...well...old
Reading your book, great stuff!
I'm 47 - have done ? 6 meets. Best at Arnold 3 yr ago 91 / 120 at 105.
My approach has always been pretty simple and dimwitted - just do the lifts as often as possible trying to improve technique (in my basement with no coach!) and increase weight. Mostly Joe Mills 20/20 kinda thing or Bulgarian sorta max then hit some singles at 90%. Some squats and deadlifts now and then.
Several confounding factors have lead me to desperate measures - such as signing up for internet forums and crying out for help:
1) stagnation / dead in the water - have I hit the point of no return at 47?
2) injuries - finding I have to work around more and more "stuff"
3) job/family - pretty much limited to 2 sessions per week - other days just quick rehab stuff, wheelchair conditioning, walker dips, chair aerobics, bingo
So toying with dangerous ideas:
- if my technique is what it is (bad) maybe just focus on getting stronger while I still can - actually have tried this, just doing an 8 week SQ/BP/DL cycle and max snatch and clean and jerk went up!
- break "lifts" down into less injurious components and get stronger at those;
power snatch/overhead squat, , power clean/front squat/jerk
or snatch pulls/OHS, , clean pulls/press/front squat etc.
- back way off on "lifts" going no where near "max" and hammer big basic strength moves more
- converting to shuffle board
Thank you for any help / advice you can provide.