Every athlete knows it - hitting a new PR is great
For quite a long time at Pure Athletics I've been stuck in a rut in my Olympic Weight lifting. Truth of the matter is I don't work on it enough to see real improvement (there is this thing called Ironman at the end of August I am training for). However, earlier in the winter I was able to lift and overhead squat 135 lbs, I really did find it weird that a higher One-Rep Max was eluding me.
Then, two pieces came into play that would eventually change this.
One, I set a goal. Lift my bodyweight (150 pounds) from the ground, above my head. I'd use the Clean & Jerk method, which breaks the movement down into two steps.
Here's somebody lifting much more weight with much better technique than I ever will.
Two, our schedule at CrossFit provided the opportunity for me to work consistently at the movement. On the gym's "Rest Days" we started to work on our "goats" - that is, something you're not-so-awesome at. Volume was the key, practicing the movement with perfect technique, getting stronger in small progressions.
Then you work on it. Every minute, for twenty minutes. Maybe 1 rep, maybe 5 (based upon the movement you're practicing).
So for 4 weeks, every 4th day, Elizabeth and I would show up, she would work her Wall Balls, and I my Clean and Jerk.
I started at 95 pounds, 53 reps over 20 minutes.
Then 105 pounds, 51 reps
Then 115, then 125
This week I was slated to do 135 pounds. It was getting pretty heavy, so I decided to just try 1 rep every minute, for 20 minutes.
9 minutes went by, and as I got used to the weight, it became easier. So I added 5 pounds (140 lbs).
Another 5 reps. Another 5 pounds. Now lifting 145 lbs.
Last rep, 5 more pounds. Bodyweight Clean & Jerk, hellz yeah.
Unfortunately, no camera on site this momentus day - here's a picture of me looking awesome
Thanks to Coach Lu & Roe for the motivation, and my wife for encouraging me every rep of the way.
With that goat done, what do I do now? Time to set another goal!