June 29, 2013

Cam got a PR snatch last night.

And I got an excuse to post this picture.

And I got an excuse to post this picture.

Why be Normal?

June 27, 2013

Here’s a response for Wickets, whom asked if I would post a video of a properly executed snatch.  This video pops up all over the place and for good reason.  I recommend purchasing the Bulgarian training hall video from Ironmind to watch this guy kill some big numbers in training as well as one of my all time favorite lifters, Zlatan Vanev, fight for some huge clean and jerks.  Don’t be cheap.  Buy it.




June 25, 2013

It has been brought to my attention that there are instructors within the functional fitness community who continue to teach their clients not to have their hips make contact with the bar while snatching.

If you are one of those clients and you care to improve your Olympic weightlifting technique, GO SEEK A WEIGHTLIFTING COACH WHO HAS ACTUAL CONTEST EXPERIENCE IN THE SPORT OF OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING.  And I’m not talking about “oh, I’ve done one or two meets before.” I’m talking about “I’ve competed in national meets before.”  or “I’ve produced lifters who have lifted at national meets” because these are the coaches that will tell you that your hips WILL make contact with the bar while performing a snatch.  It’s not a secret.  Just go to a contest and watch the best people lift.

Unrelated.  But it have me a hearty LOL.

Unrelated. But it gave me a hearty LOL.

Now, off the top of my head, I can name two or three high level lifters who do not make contact with the bar while performing a snatch.  They are exceptions to the rule.  Stop looking for exceptions to the rule.

The magnitude of the horizontal component within a snatch will vary between lifters and is largely dependent on the frame of a lifter.  However, 90+% of all decent lifters will make contact with the bar during a snatch.


June 24, 2013

So I got some flak today about how I said muscle-ups are easy.  I’ve been doing muscle-ups on a bar since like 2006.  I hit my first one from the rings in like 2008.  I’m no expert in functional fitness, but here’s how you do them:

1) Get good at pull-ups.

2) Pull-up really hard.

3) Push yourself the rest of the way up.

Here’s a video from a while back when I was sporting a mini-mullet where I hit a set of muscle-ups and then garishly pretend like they’re really easy.

I think I was around 250lbs in this video.

I usually steer clear of the whole diet and weightloss situation while writing because people get so damn worked up over the subject.  Also, the last thing the internet needs is another self-proclaimed diet expert giving blanket advice to people he doesn’t know.  However, after competing in weightclass sports for almost a decade, I have developed a little insight on diet, weight and their relationship to MY OWN performance.

To start, if you are a beginner in the sport, meaning you’re prepping for your first or even fifth local contest or you’re trying to just barely make the national total for the first time, YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS WORRYING ABOUT WEIGHTCLASS OR CUTTING WEIGHT TO MAKE A LOWER WEIGHTCLASS.  NONE. NO BUSINESS.  Do not worry about what other people are doing.  Only yourself.  You’re business is making gains.  Your business is building consistency and learning the natural ebb and flow found within training.  Only once you have established a consistent set of training PRs and meet PRs should you start worrying about weightclass.

That being said, I have been steadily moving myself down toward the 105kg class for the better part of 3 months.  That actually is my original weightclass.  I competed as a 105 for about 6 years until I decided, “Fuck it.  I’m going to clean and jerk 180.  Nothing else matters.”    I eventually did at a bodyweight of around 123kg.  The greatest bodyweight I reached during this 2-3 year period was 126kg last November.  I’ve been moving myself down slowly with a diet mostly built around common sense and ketosis.

This past Saturday I made a weeklong “cut” to 105kg.  For my non-metric readers, I started out last Sunday at 246lbs and then cut down to 231lbs.  By definition, a “cut” is not done for health purposes as there is nothing healthy about it for you.  I achieved this weightloss though water manipulation and then eventually restriction and a calorie restricted diet.  I do not recommend doing this as it will definitely impact your performance on meet day.  As I said before, I’ve been doing this for a long time and I really had nothing to lose.  I had already qualified for nationals as a 105+ and I wanted to qualify again as a 105.  The humorous part about this is that I’d most likely place better as a 105+.  So I’ll probably decide to lift as a super even though I’m going to continue my gradual weight loss.  I feel my strongest AND healthiest around 108kg. so I’ll probably hop back and forth between the two weightclasses for the rest of my career.

A good test if I need to lose weight is if a set of muscle-ups actually feels difficult.  If so, fattie needs to drop some weight.

Right Direction.

June 21, 2013

20130621-123959.jpgI like the last one better, but in general, these are all going in the right direction. Hopefully some of the skills I’m developing will carry over to when I start working from my imagination again.

Recent Favorite.

June 20, 2013

My favorite so far.



June 19, 2013

Dats a sassy look she got goin’ on.


Another Photo Study.

June 18, 2013


Yes, Really.

June 17, 2013

Here is the final cut of the bro film of the century brought to you by me and Kevin.  In case you didn’t know, we are friends.