Stretch stronger…

Had a good stretching session, along with Rachel, on Sunday morning before Barbell Club. Pete was his usual enthusiastic, cheery self. I thought I might struggle with some of the stretching but the deep breathing was hardest for me. It was effective and I immediately felt the improvement. Hopefully numbers attending will increase when the word gets out. Slightly more volume on the classical guitar to drown out the AC/DC leakage from next door and it would be perfect.

Stopped on for the Barbell Club and had the best session yet. Everyone seemed enthused (perhaps the sunny day helped). Once I warmed up my shoulders, the snatches felt great. Confidentally dropping deep after a good hip contact and I think I had a moment of ‘weightless bar’.
Built up the cleans and my rack position was so much improved that I managed to up my C&J PB to 80kg.

Looking forward to more stretching.

OAP training

Thanks to Hav, we now have our own masters’ whiteboard for the weekly Barbell Club.
Trained on Sunday and managed a few full depth snatches. Kept very light on the cleans though, as my elbow is still sore.
Frazer and George came along for their second Olympic lifting sessions and did well.
Did consider the strength session yesterday but decided to do the second Barbell session. Maxed out at 57.5kg snatch but it was no arm pull, hip contact and full depth catch.
Might have to go to the 7am session tomorrow as school reports in the evening.
104.2kg this morning – snatch to bw ratio of 0.55.



Hav a go...

Two more PBs

Wednesday night was max effort Front Squat and Strict Press.
It was quite a rushed session, although I welcomed the stretching and warmup.

Managed 135kg Front Squat and even better, an 85kg Strict Press.
Think I have more too, as neither were too hard.

A bodyweight strict press – now there’s a challenge…

Published WoDs

HG3 has decided to publish a week of WoDs at a time. Great news as it helps me decide what to do on my ‘off days’. I have never cherry picked so it won’t be a problem.

Last night was focusd on Max Effort back squats, 555333, worked from 87.5kg to 140kg and felt good.
Slightly guilty feeling when the 8pm Barbell session started but I need to get my overhead flexibility sorted.

Got up this morning and rowed 5000m in about 21 mins.  Bodyweight 104.4kg


Sunday blues

Just come back early from the Sunday Barbell Club as I felt tired and my back hurt.
Last Sunday was good although I couldn’t manage any cleans.
Wednesday night’s deadlifts hurt on Thursday and the although the anti-inflammatories helped I decided to take a break, rather than push it.

Came home and did 4x 1000m rows with sets of 10x24kg KB strict presses and max hold handstands.
Loosened my back up and gave my shoulders a good workout.
Most of all – made me feel better about what I can do, rather than what I can’t.

Stretching and a hot bath are the order of the day now.

Sunday 29th

Went along to Sunday Service with Frazer and George. Rudds has kindly agreed to give them an Olympic lifting session every 2 weeks, to meet their ‘skill requirement’ for DoE Bronze.

I had a decent time working with Hav and Hugh. Enjoyed the back squats at the end of the session most.


Tough Wednesday

Yesterday’s session was hard.
Warmup with Pete was fast and furious.
By the time I got to the Overhead Squats I was starting to feel tired but still managed sets at 50kg.
When I look back to when I started, even the empty bar was a challenge.
Wall balls and pullups were too much though. Downgraded to ring rows as my right shoulder was niggling but was out of breath for most of the WoD.
Went home and had to lie down.