November 13, 2013
Today I made an effort to inspire today’s youth.
I’ll forever be ingrained in that kid’s memory as “that asshole who clean and jerked 400lbs.”
It feels good to make a difference.
October 21, 2013
Here’s a little footage from recent heavy Friday’s. Jason had a huge couple weeks leading up to this and it paid off with a 122kg snatch PR and the 125kg snatch PR.
He competed yesterday, making the qualifying total for the American Open. Congrats, Jason! In other news, my master’s athlete, Lia broke her own PWA record for the snatch in her age group yesterday. Congrats, Lia!
October 12, 2013
I honestly have no shame while training. I’m a guy who is often ruled by his emotions and I make no attempt to hide it while I train. I’ll strive to improve at all costs. I’ll reach deep down and find whatever is in me and bring it to the surface. Often times, I don’t like what I find. It might sound stupid to you. You might be the type of person, stone faced and emotionless when you train. You might crack jokes or read the newspaper; which is great for you. I’m honestly jealous. But it doesn’t make my way wrong. There’s room for all types of people in this world and I won’t pretend to be someone who I’m not.
My approach changes during competition mode. Now I’m all business. I’m there to make lifts, compete and maybe even win. I might pace back and forth. I might get psyched up. But at the end of the day, my goal is to look and act like I’ve been there before. Because I have. During training, I was in uncharted territory. I had to be pushed from behind by my emotions. I’ll have already lost control. And now I’m confident. I’m in familiar territory and it feels good. I’m now in a place where I can measure myself against my peers.
Training is training. Competition is where it counts.
Weightlifting is a game. Here is how I play it. Obviously, there will always be different factors that change how I play. During competition, you will always need to make adjustments. But for the most part, this is my plan. I actually stole this approach from Jim Shmitz. You can correct me if I misquote him.
Your first attempt is for your coach. You two have worked hard and put in a lot of time together. Make this attempt look easy and get your momentum going. In my case, I AM the coach, so I sure as hell want to look like I know what I’m doing.
Your second is for the audience. Like it or not, weightlifting is a sport to be displayed in front of an audience. There’s drama, anticipation. Made lifts are more exciting to watch than missed ones.
Your third is for yourself. Challenge your limits. Try and get that always elusive perfect day. Increase your competition total.
Like I said. That’s just one way to play weightlifting and it’s not the end-all-be-all for myself either. If I have specific goals or I’m in a tight group with a bunch of other guys, I’ll make adjustments. This is just a good place to start.
October 7, 2013
I made a PR double today. Jason and I got a little bit competitive and it paid off for both of us. He made 115 for a double. I made 135 (PR) and then went for 140. I made the first rep easy but my back immediately didn’t feel all that great so I backed off. Hey, I got the PR and lived to lift another day so I’m stoked.
Speaking of competitive, I’ve been feeling SUPER competitive lately which has been working real well. It’s given me a new passion for training which has resulted in progress. More progress to come, I guarantee it.
And now for some fun.
I decided to treat myself to a fun little hike this weekend. I hardly ever get out and whenever I get any decent amount of time to myself, I like to spend it by myself. The hike itself was pretty easy. It took me forever because I was basically “cupcaking” my way down the trail. And honestly, I enjoyed taking my sweet ass time and taking in the scenery. For you people who are in good shape, you would probably laugh at the ease of the hike. I’d rate it as a 3/10 for a big guy like me, but literally a toddler could complete it.
Metalheads, enjoy the tunes. Everyone else, deal with it.
October 7, 2013
I finally snatched 150. Needless to say I was just a little bit fired up.
I felt a very powerful and confusing mixture of emotions. I’d lift for 7×77 more years just to feel that way again.
September 17, 2013
I competed at the Caffeine and Kilos Invitational this weekend. It was a classy, top notch event put together by three of my friends and their families. I’d say at least a thousand people showed up and a couple hundred stayed to watch the weightlifting meet with a fully functional live stream for online viewers. Some of the best lifters in the country showed up to compete for cash prizes. Yup, actual cash prizes. Winning first place meant you were two grand richer, which was unheard of just a few years ago in the American weightlifting scene. This raises a few questions for me personally. I’m a nice guy and I don’t pretend to know anything about my sport that I haven’t experienced myself, but if three dudes can successfully throw together a HUGE event that gives our sport the attention it deserves, then why was National Championships thrown together in a rollerblading rink with like 50 spectators watching.
Don’t get mad. I’m just sayin.’
I basically had the meet of my life. I went 6 for 6, snatched 142 and clean and jerked 177 which was a meet PR. This crushed my previous best meet total which is now 319. Personally, I really needed this meet. I’ve been doing this for like 8 years, so it’s easy to forget why I still participate instead of just coach. Weightlifting is all fun and games when the gains keep on coming but people don’t understand that’s not reality. Weightlifting is a skill set and an adaptation that takes place over a period of years. If you feel like quitting just because you go a few months without measurable progress, then you don’t respect the sport and are not mentally prepared enough to participate.
Hey, I’m just sayin.’
September 13, 2013
Marcus and I have been pressing every Thursday after he’s done bench pressing with the Team ST guys. We’ll take it up to a single, followed by 2 sets of volume.
August 27, 2013
Here’s some sweet training footage of one of my new guys. Jason is a big 94kg lifter and will probably eventually fill out the 105kg class. He already has a 120 snatch and a 156 clean and jerk with a current front squat max of 160. Seeing as how he just front squatted 160 for 2×2 on Monday, I’m pretty sure we’ll be looking for some PR’s in the near future.
Listen as I ramble on about nothing. I’m fairly certain my voiceover skills will improve with practice.
June 12, 2013
Here’s a little training update:
I’m currently working on dropping more weight leading up to a meet on June 22nd. My wrist is still killing me but my lifts are actually feeling pretty dece’. My clean and jerks are getting more and more consistent at heavier percentages, hopefully this will translate to a PR in the near future. Last Friday I hit a 137/172, which is my best overall in some time. If I can hit something similar on the 22nd at a lighter BW, I’ll be happy. Here’s a little footage from Monday.
I didn’t expect much after a weekend of hiking but my clean and jerks actually felt pretty good. This is a favorite exercise of mine. I’m not sure if this is a PR but I do know that 166kg is better than 165kg.
June 2, 2013
Here’s my two best lifts from Saturday. I hit a 305 total which isn’t too far off from my best. I weighed in at 114kg. I weighed 126 at the American Open. All things considered, I had a dece’ meet. I went for a 175 clean which would’ve been a meet PR but caught it a bit forward. I have one more meet before all 5 of us fly out to Ohio for Nationals. I definitely felt a little “ring rust” going into Saturday but played it off like a good coach should. I really do my best to try to set a good example for my lifters when they see me in meet situations. I think I succeeded in that on Saturday even though I didn’t hit any PR’s.
If you want to be good at something, do it often. Competing is no different.