Thursday, December 8, 2016

Why you should care about lifting correctly

I need Dave to hang out more and take good pictures. This is too dark and I didn't really capture the energy of the crowd on Monday.
I'm happy to see that we're starting to get some crowded evening classes which is forcing you guys to share platforms. I'm a huge introvert and love to be alone most of the time, but I've always done much better when I can share a platform with someone. There's an added energy and a bit more pressure to not miss your lift when someone is watching you.

Another added benefit that I didn't really think about until recently is that watching someone also helps you learn how to do the movement, but only if they're doing it right. The risk is that if someone does the movement poorly, you can learn it wrong. That's why we're such sticklers on doing things correctly. You may think I'm picky, but I think I'm the most laid back about not-quite-perfect form. I know that Amy and Jordan really stress doing things perfectly and not adding weight until you're doing it right.

If we tell you to take weight off the bar, it's not a judgment on your character. It doesn't mean you're not strong, it just means that you need to practice the movement better. When you do things right, it benefits not only you, but everyone who watches you.

I just read an article about this idea last week which reinforced the idea that you should go to a gym with quality instruction and not just by watching the latest and greatest workout on teh intarwebs. If you're learning how to lift, you don't know what's right and what's wrong, and you could be learning it wrong without knowing it.

Today's workout includes the snatch, which is one of the most technical lifts we do. Don't be afraid to go light until you get the movement down, and then only add weight slowly.



Workout

power snatch 5-3x5
2 OHS between sets

then

8 rounds
every 3:00
3 snatches AHAPWPF (as heavy as possible with perfect form)



Endurance Option

power snatch
2 OHS between sets

then

8 rounds
every 3:00
3 snatches AHAPWBA (as heavy as possible while below AeroMAX)



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