Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Pushing (i.e., push-pressing) forward

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I knew tonight was going to be a "just get through" session as compared to one where PRs are set easily. Yesterdays kettlebell MaxVO2 session came at a price which was a slightly sore lower back and general fatigue .. a poor nights sleep didn't help either

Evening Olympic Lifting Session:

Snatch (kg):
20 x 2 x 5 5x Hang-Sn + Sn-Balance
40 x 1 x 3 Sn
40 x 1 x 5 OH-squat
40 x 1 x 3 Sn
45 x 1 x 3 Sn
50 x 2 x 2 Sn
55 x 5 x 2 Sn
60 x 1 x 2 Sn (1 miss)
60 x 1 x 1 Sn (miss)

Off the rack Push-Press (kg)
60 x 1 x 2
60 x 1 x 3
65 x 1 x 3
70 x 1 x 1 Miss
70 x 1 x 2
75 x 1 x 1 PR

I worked extremely hard to bring in my snatch catch stance in the same way I had success with my clean stance. This was much more difficult as my left leg insisting on dropping back almost every rep. The template called for doubles with 90% which would have been 59kg, instead I knew that staying with 55kg (85% of 65kg) was warranted. I did try 60kg for double and then after missing badly with the last single I knew it was time to move on to something else.

For my push-presses, I decided to start much heavier with 60kg instead of the 45kg I started with last Tuesday. For first three sets were tough but once I got my clean rack more stable they got easier. I had to ditch my first rep with 70kg as I pushed it in front of me instead of behind my ears .. this is why bumper plates are indispensable for this type of situation. I followed the miss with a double matching last weeks PR and then proceeded to brake that with a 75kg single that went up easily .. next time I will go for 80kg.


Colin said...

I think you may be closer to the Jerk with 100kgs than you let on! Haha

You're right that the BW snatch would take a while - especially using my unique technique.

Good job again on the Push Press PR

pierini said...

Hi Franklin,

I've been really busy lately and haven't had a chance to follow your training. I just did and saw that you hit a C&J PR. Congrats to you.

Keep up the good work.

Martin Schap said...

75kg is a heavy push press. Nice work. Very intense session for being tired going in.

Aaron Friday said...

Yes. 80kg.

Franklin said...


A 100kg c&J is probably a year away but I now know its doable.

Typical of a first year lifter, I've plateaued on my snatch and will need to improve my technique .. there is no muscling this lift.


Thanks for stopping by!

@Martin and Aaron,

As crappy a presser I am, I'm pleased to have made some progress with the push-press .. also its much easier on the elbows than the mil press.