2013 in Retrospect.
December 22, 2013
And I’m only talking about weightlifting here. I had a pretty marked increase in performance and here’s why and what I think about it.
1) I finally got my diploma. Yep, I graduated with a BS in exercise science. For years, school had been a thorn in my side, always in the back of my mind (the very back), always taking away from what I really wanted to do at the time, whether it was work or lifting. Now it will just be a thorn in my bank account but that’s another issue altogether. Now that it’s over, I’m glad I have the degree. It will open up doors in case I ever want to work in a different environment and adds legitimacy to my whole operation. Lots of people like to talk science nowadays in the fitness industry, a much smaller percentage of these people actually have a formal background in exercise science or kinesiology. But more than that, I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders the day that I received my degree in the mail. I felt like there was more room to put more actual weight on my shoulders and invest more time and energy into this whole “weightlifting project/buisness thing” that I’m doing.
2) I’ve settled on a training system that works for me. It’s my system. It’s my team’s system. And I’ve finally figured out a way for us to both improve in harmony with one another. I’ve begun to train separately from the team for the majority of my sessions. They need the team environment, not me. They need eyes on them and I don’t. A pretty simple concept but it took a while to actually figure out the logistics. That’s not to say that I’ll NEVER train with my team. In fact, I think it’s good for them to see me workout and the pace I would prefer that they work at. But important workouts for myself, I’ll usually schedule for myself so I don’t have to keep my head on a swivel.
3) I lost CC. This was a big thing for me. She was my first weightlifter with a lot of talent and my program was originally designed solely for her success. Weightlifters will often shift around and find training environments that suit their needs the best. I was just happy that I had taught her enough about training so that she could make an informed decision based on her personal training needs. Job well done. But now that she was gone, I really felt the need to try and improve my performance, whereas before I could say “well, I clarked 90 today BUT CHECK OUT WHAT CC DID.” So the pressure was now on and I really think that my training and the team’s training are a lot more balanced now.
4) Towards the end of the year I stopped back squatting altogether. The focus of training was ONLY the snatch and clean and jerk. I’ve now resumed back squatting and am building up my general strength along with the rest of the team but I honestly felt at the time that my body couldn’t handle any more than it was already doing. I started seeing progress once again and kept my training consistant with my schedule from the late summer until winter.
5) Improved start position for both lifts (but especially the snatch). Self explanatory I think. My main focus while i’m lifting right now is to BEGIN the movement properly. I’ve been a dynamic start guy my entire (weightlifting) life. I now favor the consistency of a static start. I’m not saying that you CAN’T be consistent with a dynamic start, but personally, I have a harder time being consistent.
I’d like to thank everyone that follows along with this blog and anyone that has taken interest in my training or my team’s training. If you’re someone who’s training alone or is just getting started, don’t hesitate to shoot me any questions and I’ll help you out the best I can. I’d also like to thank anyone that has to deal with me on a personal level. Yeah, I’m a real jerk sometimes and I’d just like to thank you for putting up with me. I’d like to thank my gym for being THE COOLEST gym that I’ve ever been in. I feel so honored to work where I do and I’m always very humbled and thankful for the amount of support I receive from the MTSC community. Here’s to a new year of training, tears, laughter and PR’s my friends.