January 23, 2009

Regarding Snatches...

Or more precisely, an example of how swing work carries over to snatches.

I have been stressing to my students recently the importance of having a quick, explosive hip-drive. Waiting longer to hinge, and, trying to minimize the time spent between hinge and snap. (Not to be confused with bend and snap, folks). ;)

During a short snatch practice last night, I realized my hip drive was much slower in snatches than in swings, and worked to speed that up - with great results, of course! Wait longer to hinge, and make it quick! PULL hips back, rather than just letting them hinge naturally. Snap quickly, rather than having a pause at the bottom... and your snatches WILL be more powerful. Moving the same amount of weight the same distance more quickly is an increase in force. And that's a good thing. :)

January 21, 2009

Here We Go...

Goals for 2009.

Press the 28kg
BU press the 20kg
BU TGU the 16kg on the left, 20kg on the right
Pass my snatch test with the 24kg
Pistol the 28kg
80 sets of 16kg MVO2, 6 reps
80 sets of 16kg MVO2, 7 reps
FMS arm-leg raise
Turkish... I know I have the 40 in me. Why not train for that this year? Lots of 28kg TGUs to get there.

More specific timelines to follow.

January 12, 2009

It's Official...

I'm really awful at this. Every evening I decide I ought to get up early the next morning to train, rather than attempt to squeeze in a half-assed session in the evening. Life is busy lately, it happens. Early mornings are my opportunity. I've been FAILING, miserably, with this idea. Tomorrow it happens, even if for only 10 minutes. The point is going to be: get up, get dressed, get outside and swing some iron until it hurts. And we all know that can happen quickly, it doesn't take the "minimum 20 minutes," and even if it did, at least I got out there. This isn't a resolution for 2009, it's acknowledging the effect that a public blog has on one's goals. There's something to that. Yeah, tonight I had a lovely dinner, the wine flowed... but excuses just keep you where you don't want to be. Be stronger than your excuses! It only takes a few minutes. :)