Musings on Test Week(s)

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” – Rosa Luxemburg

snatch potatoe
Mr. Head needs some Iron Scap work

What I learned from Testing:

  • I am feeling good again. And while being injured sucks, I sure have learned a lot.
  • Accessory work pays off. And I particularly enjoy the loaded box step ups.
  • I need to fail more…. The treasure requires failure.
  • …And get comfortable with a challenging load on the barbell. Ali was talking about an article where the guy would just load up a barbell and take it out of the rack and hold it for a while. Just to get used to what that felt like. Makes sense. Like heavy thrusters before Fran, makes the lighter load seem even more so.
  • I love barbell. It’s true that you don’t know how much you enjoy something until you can’t do it.

Most of those aren’t new revelations, but then, sometimes we need to be reminded our “chains”…

27 January | Tuesday

MFR + mobility | 15:00

Warm-up | 4 rounds NFT:
5 push-ups
10 KBS
15 sit-ups
20 DUs

Work it out | 5 Sets:
Hang power clean x2 (105,110,110,115,115#)
1:00 rest
Single arm press x8 ea. (26# KB)
2:00 rest
– then –
15:00 TGU work (50# – barbell)

26 January | Monday
6:00 class

Front Squat 4×1 (136, 145, 155#,165)
3:00 rest btwn sets

Fran Practice

Stretched da muscles | 20:00

You know what Monday means – front squats and class. Classy! The front squats felt good. Failed on 165# though, which is 10# short of my 1RM from last spring. S’okay. Work in progess. Besides my scoops were sore from Sunday’s hike. Here is my attempt (please note the jaguar in the backgound):

 Tuesday’s hang power cleans felt good. I think maybe I could pull the bar into the pocket a little more – like I might be shorting that movement. Anyway, here are sets 4 & 5 – both at 115#:

Get-ups with the barbell are hard, but fun. And maybe a little awkward to fail on. I need to plan an exit strategy next time – or at least be able to put 10# bumpers on. I worked up to 7.5# on each side of a lady bar. I found the hardest part to be the movement from the ground because you want to be forceful up, but still have to maintain balance on the barbell.

Limiting the caffeine to one ‘Mericano a day – and in the morning. Damn that 5-hour half-life.




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