Monday is the big day!! I hope you’re as excited as I am to get rolling with the Olympic Weightlifting class. We will begin each day with a general warm-up and mobility exercises, then we’ll get down to business. The majority of each class will be spent on the snatch, clean & jerk, and their numerous variations. This is a time to refine your Oly skills, ask questions, and (hopefully!) see some major improvement in your lifts.
If you don’t already have one, try to find a log book of some sort. The first several weeks will be “strength by feel”, meaning you’ll increase in weight as long as you can maintain good technique. After the first max out day (~week 4), we’ll be able to work with percentages. It will be important (and fun, if you’re into that whole “getting better” thing) to watch your numbers increase as time goes on. You’ll appreciate where you end up in both technique and numbers significantly more if you know where you started! It may also be a good idea to jot down how your lifts felt at the end of the day (i.e. “bottom of the snatch felt unsteady”, “repeated press-outs on the jerk, may start at a lower weight next time”, or “I kicked major a$$ at the C&J today, I deserve ice cream”).
Feel free to use this blog as your sounding board. Ask questions, suggest answers, support each other. It is a continuous work in progress. I will continue to compile resources on the Resources page, but feel free to post a good one if you find it! If you find out about an Olympic weightlifting competition nearby or a cool seminar or a sweet video, feel free to share!
I can’t wait to get started! Stay tuned for a post of the first day’s events. See you all on Monday, 6:30PM.