There are these two guys in my Chinese class who I just never liked, without any reason. Ok, one of them has a soul patch and wears a stupid necklace and a thumb ring and is really proud that he chose a Chinese name that means “excellence” and “wise” and the other has a really awful beard he’s super proud of. But those are not good reasons not to like someone.
Today they both sent me friend requests on facebook though, and both were members of a group related to stopping the immigration of non westerners to Norway.
So now I don’t have to feel bad about not liking them because of poor facial hair and stupid accessories, I can not like them because they’re not decent human beings.
Positives: My second competition, and a 21 kg competition total PR. Saw a guy clean and jerk 200 kg. My brother got a snatch PR and a total PR, and this was his first competition (he finished 5 kg behind me).
Negatives: Did not perform as well as I should have. I’m okay with 96 in the snatch, but not getting 115 kg in the clean and jerk sucked, and I really should have gotten it. I had a stomach ache all day caused by the same thing that caused my sudden 4-5 kg bodyweight increase: constipation. I don’t think it really hurt me, so it’s not an excuse, but it probably didn’t help either.
Now that I don’t have any competitions lined up (first one that I know of is nationals if I qualify by January) I can do some rework on my technique:
I need to fix my pull and not let the bar go around my knees.
I need to not send the bar out in front on the snatch.
I need to not jump back on the snatch, clean and the jerk.
Additionally I need jerk work in general. I’m still trying to figure out whether to squat or power jerk, but I will not be returning to the split jerk. If I can fix my jump back on the jerk, then squat jerking might be more beneficial. I don’t know yet.
I ran the russian squat routine before this meet and seeing as I did 190x2x2 pretty easily I know that my legs are probably stronger now than they have been before. I’ve not decided whether or not to max out my back squat this week, but regardless of whether I do or whether I get a PR or not, I will be spending more time on pulling and less on squatting.
My programming won’t change much. I’ll be training five days a week, and I’ll be doing one lift every training, but I’ll add pulls at 110-115% after it every day. On day 1, 3 and 5 I’ll be doing heavy squats, and on day 2 and 4 I’ll be doing heavy pulls (one day clean pulls, the other snatch pulls).
Push press, two jerks 50x1x2, 70x1, 80x1, 90x1x2, 95x1x2, 100x1
Pendlay rows, lateral raises, obliques
Last heavy rep day of the russian squat routine. It went well and I can definitely say that the routine has worked. Unfortunately because I compete on Saturday I won’t be able to test my max until next week, so I’m not sure what my new 1rm will be, but oh well.
Snatch 40x3, 50x3, 70x2, 80x2, 85x1x3
Snatch pull 105x3x3
Power clean and jerk 50x1+3, 70x1+3, 80x1+2, 90x1+2, 100x1x3
I think I have a minor strain in my lower left hamstring, it only hurts in a deep, wide squat, so I did power clean and jerks and then just spent a lot of time with the lacrosse ball after.
There’s this 66 kg powerlifter at my gym who has a 155 kg competition bench. He trains bench five times a week, twice every session. First unpaused, and then paused at the end of the session. Today he hit hit 145 kg for the first time since spring, but instead of racking it he went for a double. I asked him why and he told me “I always try one more!”
What a guy. He also sometimes runs, does curls and tricep pushdowns, ab work etc. before training the lifts because “he never knows if he’ll have a bad day at competition.”
Oh, and he is the national bench press champion in equipped powerlifting. Except he refuses to wear a bench shirt. So he competes raw, and beats equipped lifters.
He’s also always smiling and happy to talk and just seems like a super nice guy. Oh, and he curls bodyweight.
I was worried about the squats so I did them first, but they turned out to be a lot easier than I thought they would be. I felt pretty good going into the snatches, but the gym got more and more crowded and people were walking so close to me all the time that I completely lost my ability to focus. I was going to go for 10 singles, but there wasn’t any point. In all of the videos where I failed there were people walking and standing and talking between me and the camera. Wish I had a real gym to go to daily.