Strongish beginner - Questions!
Hey guys -
First time posting!
I'm looking for some guidance, as a coachless lifter. I just finished my first week with the 4 week leg strength emphasis cycle, and wanted to make sure I wasn't barking up the wrong tree.
Here's my story, as short as I can make it - I've been doing powerlifting style lifting for the past couple years, and a few months ago, I decided to transition to the Olympic lifts. I spent about 6 weeks with a coach, being taught the lifts, but all the while continuing to squat, deadlift, and press heavy; I ran the Hatch squat program starting from week 6, and took my high-bar squat from 350 to 400 in 4 weeks.
Then I hurt my knee - probably an overuse injury, best characterized as patellar tendinitis.
I let it heal for about 2 months, and now I'm back training heavy.
Here are my stats, with "()" indicating pre-injury:
Weight: 205 (215)
Squat: 330 (400)
Deadlift: 420 (470)
Power clean: 245 (270)
Snatch: 160ish (same)
Clean and Jerk: 225 (same - jerk is the limiting factor here)
My technique is not horrid, but I need lots and lots of reps. Thankfully, though, I have excellent mobility for the sport, especially in the shoulders.
Basically, I chose to run the length strength emphasis cycle posted on this site for 2 reasons: 1) it seemed to keep the classic lifts light, so I could focus on technique, and 2) it would allow me to get back my former leg strength.
My questions are:
1) Is the program I'm on compatible with relatively new lifters, who's major limitation is technique?
2) Should I be worried about regaining my old pulling strength? I have a hard time shaking the feeling that I -need- to be deadlifting, especially since I'm so ineffecient with the classic lifts that it feels like they're not stimulus enough to maintain or improve my strength levels.
Thanks for you help!