IF.

August 17, 2011

Today I failed for the second time at a 205 front squat with no belt.  I’ve grown fixated on the idea of getting a new squat PR without needing the assistance of a belt.  I feel like once I actually do get a new PR, I can move on and start making bigger gains with my once again, belted self.  That being said, IF I had worn my belt, I’m pretty sure I would’ve gotten it.

Which brings me to my next lifting story.

Shortly after my 310 total at the Norcal Open, I spoke to my friend, Jasha Faye about the recent progress I had made over the past few months. Jasha is a former resident athlete at the Olympic training center and set some JR American records in the 90s.  I think his best lifts are something like 165 and 190.

Anyways, I respect him very much for all his years of experience and occasionally go to him for advice on lifting or programming.  He is a both an excellent technical coach as well as a great motivational coach.  And when I say motivational, I don’t mean that he stands next to your platform and congratulates you every time you hit 85% of your maximum.  I mean that he is a very good judge of character and knows exactly how to push you to the best of your ability.  And you begin to trust in yourself through your trust in his years of experience.

So anyways, we were talking and I say, “Yeah, I can clean anything IF I can rack it.”  I mentioned my poor shoulder flexibility and what I had been doing to work on it.  To this he replied:

IF my aunt had balls, she’d be my uncle.”

Moral of the story:  Fuck IF.  Everyone has IF.  IF you can’t do something, don’t make excuses for yourself.  Accept your faults and work on them until there is no more IF.

This isn’t a motivational blog, but I thought that it was a funny story.

Jasha runs lifting workshops at various gyms in Northern California.  Feel free to contact me if you want more info.

Oh, I guess that I should mention that I am also running a workshop on August 20th at Crossift Monterey.  Contact Jacob at CFM for info.

Workouts:

Tuesday PM:

Power snatch and power clean and jerk:  100/120.

Snatch balance:  doubles at 120.

Today AM:

Front squat:  70, 120, 160, 190, 210 miss, 70, 120, 170, 190, 205 miss.

Snatch: Worked up to 120.  Missed 135.  Worked up to 120 again and missed 130.

PM:

I started calling my PM group “Alpha Flight.”  Let me explain.  I mass texted eveyone, informing them that 6PM was the workout time.  I only said, “Team Alpha, assemble at 6.”  Throughout the course of the day, I kept on saying “Team Alpha, which turned eventually turned into “Alpha Flight,” named after the rag tag Canadian version of the X-Men.

I would either be Shaman or Sasquatch.

Anyways, the Alpha Flight workout was:

Snatch: 3 singles at 90%.  Go down to 70% and work back up doing 1x snatch, 2x hang snatch.  I ended up doing 120 more than a few times and then getting a triple at 110.

Clean and jerk:  2x clean, 1 jerk.  I only got up to 120.  My legs were so spent that it was a fight to stand up with a paltry 120.  So I called it.

Behind the neck push press:  I hit a few triples and eventually failed at 140.

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