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Old 05-22-2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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Hey hey! I've been practicing the lifts for about a year now. My PBs are 108/130, the lifts in this video were at the end of the 5 Week Strength Cycle. The 3rd week in I hit PRs on every lift, it was awesome, and several prs throughout. But the last week I felt absolutely terrible. Everything felt heavier than ever, I started to jump sideways and miss in front a lot. Any advice on what this is probably from? This was my first dedicAted cycle, it was great and I love lifting, but I'm curious about why the end was so shitty. Plus, any advice on my snatch would be greatly appreciated! Lay your judgment




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Old 05-22-2013, 05:11 PM   #2
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It's common to hit PRs as you go along a cycle and still be able to push yourself for the next couple of days or weeks. But at some point where your body can't continue to grind through and PR on a daily basis. When you do push yourself beyond the prescribed intensity on a regular basis, you'll hit a wall and it may take some time to recover from all of that physical stress.

Jumping sideways could be from some sort of asymmetry that you have. For example, one leg may have been a little more fatigued than the other so you weren't finishing all the way with both sides; or you may have had an early arm bend with only one arm. Considering you we're just on a strength cycle and you were feeling terrible, you may just not have been finishing all the way with your legs and dropping it forward.

Your technique looks pretty solid. You whip your head back on the extension and I think that's why you missed that 90 but you seem to handle it fine so if it continues to work for you then that's not a huge issue. Also, you look a little wobbly overhead. Make sure you're keeping your back tight when receiving the bar. If this becomes an issue as you go up in weight then I suggest doing some Snatch Push Presses (behind the neck, of course) to strengthen that position.

Other than that, good lifting!
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:32 PM   #3
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It's common to hit PRs as you go along a cycle and still be able to push yourself for the next couple of days or weeks. But at some point where your body can't continue to grind through and PR on a daily basis. When you do push yourself beyond the prescribed intensity on a regular basis, you'll hit a wall and it may take some time to recover from all of that physical stress.

Jumping sideways could be from some sort of asymmetry that you have. For example, one leg may have been a little more fatigued than the other so you weren't finishing all the way with both sides; or you may have had an early arm bend with only one arm. Considering you we're just on a strength cycle and you were feeling terrible, you may just not have been finishing all the way with your legs and dropping it forward.

Your technique looks pretty solid. You whip your head back on the extension and I think that's why you missed that 90 but you seem to handle it fine so if it continues to work for you then that's not a huge issue. Also, you look a little wobbly overhead. Make sure you're keeping your back tight when receiving the bar. If this becomes an issue as you go up in weight then I suggest doing some Snatch Push Presses (behind the neck, of course) to strengthen that position.

Other than that, good lifting!


Hey Blake, thanks for taking the time to post all of that. I think the hardest thing for me to truly grasp is the ups and downs of training. I know there will be good days/bad days or weeks but man, this one really kicked my ass. So, it's good to hear from other folks!

And thanks for the advice on jumping sideways, you were right about it being my legs and not finishing. I went in with a focus on extending today and it cleared right up.
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:17 PM   #4
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Great! I'm glad it helped.
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