July 25, 2011
National Championships marks the “midpoint” of my training year, after which I take a step back to re-evaluate my training goals for the year.
-Snatch 150/clean and jerk 180: This was meant to be done by Senior Nationals and obviously wasn’t met. Earlier this year, I snatched 147 in training but have not been able to match that number since. Recently, I Clean and jerked 175 in training and actually managed to clean 182 on the same day. After this, my training took a turn for the worse. Still, I managed to post a pretty good total at National with a meet PR snatch of 143.
-Squat 250: I came pretty damn close to this one day with a strong looking 245. That’s about 15kgs. of improvement for the year. However after looking at what other lifters are squatting compared to me, I think I should change this goal to at least 260.
-Front Squat: Admittedly, I haven’t been paying enough attention to these but I at least wanted to get up to 210. My best is still only 200. That will change starting next week with my new goal of reaching 230kg.
-150/180: This remains the same. I want it before American Opens.
-260 Back Squat: 250 would be dece’ but 260 would be super dece’.
-230 Front Squat: This will be most challenging but 200kg. is just unacceptable.
Press: On top of these goals, I’m also going to start pressing/push pressing heavier. I’m not going to post a goal weight for these because frankly, they’re just not as important as far as being a good weightlifter is concerned. But I started doing them more often and on top of being kind of fun, pressing more often will help me become a more muscular 105 which will be useful if/when I ever decide to move up to a super (a real super), plus I also enjoy having a strong upper body.
Attend a couple live performances: I used to go to shows all the time back when I was cool. However, training for weightlifting means that you don’t waste money and make an effort to not be on your feet for hours at a time. Still, I can afford to attend one or two shows if I plan in advance. The last good show I went to was Arcade Fire in Berkeley.
Art: I’m going to make some more progress on my children’s book as well as continue to do artwork. I need to start practicing my figure drawing chops on a regular basis as well as branch out into different mediums. It’s easy for me to just keep on doodling in ink and watercolor because it’s the fastest and easiest. Alongthelinesof T-shirts could also be a possibility.
Move: I’m planning to do this by September.
Power snatch: 3×3 at 90. 3×1 at 100.
Power clean and jerk: 3×1 at 120.
F. Squat: worked up to 140 for a single. No belt. no rehbands. (I’m saving ‘em for later).
Press: 5×5 at 40.
Clean and jerk: Worked up to 130 for 1.
F. Squat: Worked up to 160 for 1. Still no sleeves or belt.
Press: Pressed my 1st 100kgs. today. Then I followed this up with a few more sets of 5 at 70. I’ve never really done them before outside of catching a pump. My usual protocol is 1 benbata set at 50kg. My new pressing goal is 120kg. which I think would be dece’ for a guy my size.
The song in the video is Get Away-Yuck. Sounds SO 90′s.
Deadlift: Threw these in for fun. Took it up to 220kg.
Finished up with pull-ups and other miscellaneous stuff.