Olympic Weightlifting Course – The Good, the Bad and My UGGs!

Hi everyone,

So I am still recovering from my weekend Olympic Weightlifting Course in Dublin. I did this course with Optimal Life Fitness Group (who I also did my Extreme Kettlebell Course with). And I am busted!!! My nervous system is fried. In saying that, the course was brilliant, challenging but brilliant 😀

For the assessment we had to learn the Olympic Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. This was not about the weight for me, it was about form and learning the skills to then progress. Although I think I would have been able to drop under the bar lower had I used heavier weight, I was having trouble getting the acceleration in the “jump” enough to lock my arms out in time to do this. As a result of this my Snatch ended up looking more like a Power Snatch than an Olympic Snatch.

The other issue I was having was the place was FREEZING!!! At the end of the second day, we did two 10 minute drills. The first was 1 snatch on the minute for 10 minutes, then 1 Clean and Jerk every 2 minutes for 10 minutes. At the start of this challenge, you see me wearing my Ugg Boots – I only had my Vibram FiveFingers with me and my toes were numb LOL!! Don’t worry I didn’t do the whole course in the Boots LOL ! Guess I was just being rebellious near the end 😛

Anyway, the footage also shows some of the other people on the course. It was a great weekend, both because of the course, and I got to meet up with Sarajane, who has done a lot of site improvements for me.

I hope you enjoy the video and you will all forgive me if I am a little lax on the workouts this week. I have had some numbness in my left arm and am extremely drained from this course, so I will need to allow proper recovery. But I am sure I will think of something to rant about, or even a tutorial in the meantime 😀

Chat to you all soon.

  • March 15, 2011

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