A few weeks ago I worked on squat snatches with Coach Darcy. Today was power snatches with Coach Bill. Can I just say that I’m kind of over Olympic snatches for a bit? 🙂
Made it in for an 8:30 class with Coach Bill and we had a fun group of folks — Brent, Melissa, Darcy, Ev, and myself. And Coach Nicole was warming up over in a corner for a good chunk of the class as well.
Can I just say that it’s very hard to not have a good time in one of Bill’s classes? He keeps things moving, knows how to motivate, and has fun — as a result you don’t have much choice but to do the same. 🙂
We started with what we’re now referring to as “Coach Nicole’s warm-up” which includes a good amount of hamstring, hip, and back stretching. And we added some shoulder mobility to it in the form of an array of PVC pass-thrus in various positions — including lying with your chest on the floor and rotating the pipe backward and doing them while at the bottom of a squat.
Then the “fun” really began. It started well enough. Empty barbell. Shrugs, high pulls, muscle snatches, power snatches. And then we began adding weight.
Again, I was good for a bit. But I am definitely having some issues with this movement. Not sure if I’m just not grokking various parts of the whole, but it’s become another one of my goats. (Full list of goats at present — double-unders, freestanding handstands, snatches, general mobility, general metabolic conditioning. I’m sure there are others.)
It began innocently enough. I warmed up with:
And then we got into the workout… 10 rounds of 1 rep each, increasing weight for a hanging power snatch.
- 95# (1)
- 105# (2)
- 115# (failed on 3) (4)
- 125# (ugly 5)
- 115# (6)
- 120# (7)
- 125# (ugly 8)
- 125# (ugly 9)
- 125# (ugly 10)
We’re supposed to count the total weight, so: 1050#
Let’s look at some older numbers for a second.
- July 2017 apparently I did a 130# hanging power snatch
- July 2015 apparently I did a 135# squat snatch
So 125# four times today, ugly as they were, is in line with that I suppose. But I really don’t feel like I accomplished much. I felt like I accomplished more with the skill work I did with Darcy back on 22-AUG.
I feel like I would have done better just focusing on form and speed at 95# (or even lighter) and not tried to go heavy.
Some of that may be due to the fact that my right shoulder has been out of whack for a bit. I may have slept funny on it last night, but ultimately I’ve not been doing enough to help with strengthening it at home.
I know I am a strong guy. Sometimes that works against me because I tend to muscle things up rather than focusing on skills and quality of movement. Today I’m going to pay for that a bit as I go put some ice on my shoulder.
Anyway… Great work 8:30 class — it was fun! We’ll see what tomorrow brings us in the form of a hero WOD and how I’m feeling in the morning.