Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Training Journal

I've been developing an interest in Olympic lifts. I've tried the following with only 10kg on a barbell for three sets of ten repetitions and I could already feel how challenging they could be.
  • hang and clean
  • hand, clean, and press
A while ago I came across the following by Dan John in "How Weight Training Saved My Life" at Testosterone Nation. For some reason it stuck with me.
In the 9th Grade, when I learned to power clean and military press, I could hold my own with the guys NOT doing the lifts. I weighed 118 pounds. As a senior, I weighed 162 pounds and staggered people with my strength.

But no one wanted me as an athlete in Division One.

Then, I met Dick Notmeyer and learned the olympic lifts. Four months later, I weighed 202. From there, even though I was still undersized, it was hard to match my pure absolute strength and stability, and that has made all the difference.

Literally, lifting made my life (LMML).

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