The weather has kind of thrown things a bit off track as far as the
workout schedule. Still feeling the last workout in my back and legs.
Started off with axle clean and jerks like last week. I realize that my
technique would be different if I was prepping for a rep event here so
I’m not too concerned about how long I’m taking with my setup on the
initial pull. Better this week (mostly). It is hard to make a lighter
weight feel like a max weight with the explosive nature of the clean.
Time will tell, this cycle just started but it will be a short one. I’m
not sure what happened with the last one but I must have been thinking
too much as I short changed the second pull of the clean which lead me
to having to catch the bar in a much lower rack position. Threw me off a
bit and made that last set quite a bit tougher than it should have
been. Rack work from there. I figured this would be easier this go
around since I would have been testing it last week (at least that is
usually how partials work for me haha) but not the case. I did minimal
warm-ups and got into the work sets. Heavy, I missed the first attempts
on every set and had to regroup. Really had to push for that last max
rep set. Deep ache in my body from these. Got to push it on these if I
want to be anywhere close to attempting this weight at the show. Incline
after this. I felt my form was smoother this time, focusing on keeping
my shoulders and upper back tight and tucking my elbows. I may have
rushed things on the max rep set as the bar kept drifting down my chest
and it made it even tougher to lockout the weight (still the hardest
part). Matched my best but I feel I should be better than that. Band
pull aparts were my active rest from incline to the arm work. Difficulty
kind of fluctuated. I really tried to feel the muscles doing the work
here. Arms to finish off the day. Same weight, just more reps. These
actually felt easier than last time so I was kind of checking to see if
someone had switched the weights on me.
I’m a little taller than 6′7″ and I really like to lift weights. I’m a
competitor in amature strongman contests. Right now, I'm training for the Beast of the Bluegrass in Lexington, KY on April 28, 2018. My hope is to become a competitive
professional strongman. I’m not a major competitor yet and I have a long way to go but I’m having fun.