Saturday, October 22, 2011
On Thursday, I set a new personal record for the statch: 136.5 lb. That's a 14-lb improvement. Given that I haven't really practiced my snatch in half a year, I think 145 should be possible with a little technique work. I also managed 190 lb on the clean and jerk, just 2.5 lb short of my PR, even though I was already pretty fatigued from the the snatch workout. So, I think 1.5 times bodyweight is possible in the near term.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Yesterday I posted a new personal record for the back squat: 255 lb. That's a 10-lb improvement, so I'm quite pleased with it. I feel compelled to point out that this improvement isn't due to increased strength. At least, not only to increased strength. Steve cued me to not hang out at the bottom, deciding if I'd descended low enough, like I have been doing. Instead, he suggested bouncing out of the bottom. I realized that this motion not only reduces time spent at the point in the movement with the worst leverage, but also takes advantage of the stretch-shortening response. Applying this technique at 245, the load felt easier than 240 had, and I was able to put up 250 and then 255, but not quite 260. I'll aim to hit that last number next time.