Thursday, October 4, 2007

Success

I pushed off training with the weights an extra day, then pushed it even further to this evening.  With so many people around me sick, I have been focused on my sleep and rest more than anything.  So far, so good.  I have avoided catching the sickness.  My wife is past the peak of it, so I may get through things unscathed.

Today when it was time to lift, I had one goal in mind.  I wanted to hit my 3/4 body weight push press.  I ate well this week due to everyone being sick.  I had plenty of rest.  My last workout I practiced tension techniques and made some improvements in my form.  Today was a good day for a goal attempt.

The workout went down like this:

Leave work early and bike home
Push Press: 3x45, 3x95, 1x115, 1x135, 1x145 (Ties PR, BW 191 - hits 3/4 bodyweight push press goal)
KB Press: 1/1x16k, 1/1x20k, 2x1/1x24k; Fail / Fail x 28k (push press instead)
60lb Dumbbell: Fail to Press it each arm; Push Press it each arm
10 Minute Snatch Test with 24k Kettlebell: 80 reps (10/10, 10/10, 5/5, 5/5, 5/5, 5/5) PR
Walk around block to cool down

I am very pleased to have hit the push press.  It has been a long time since I knocked a goal off.  I was in no mood for the regularly scheduled workout after that, so I did a snatch test.  All my lifts today were caught on video.  I will process them at some point this weekend.  I took good things away from doing this:

1. Pavel's tension techniques make a big difference on a max effort push press

2. I am weak coming off the shoulder in a normal press

3. My pulling is way ahead of my pushing

4. I need to start pulling my right arm into the movement when I snatch with my left arm.  I swing my left arm when snatching righty and the reps are much easier.  For some reason I don't do it the other way.

5. I need to focus on controlling the weight more during the ascent and descent.  In the video, I am heaving it, with energy leaks all over the place.

6. My skin held up great.  I think the tearing problems I was having resulted from snatching too frequently.  The skin under my fingers seems to blister a bit when I am done.  I think these blisters create weak points that then tear if not allowed to recover.

The session went very well.  Not only that, I am starting to look like I might lift weights.  Pretty cool.