Not good at snatch. Not good at balance. Not good at snatch balance.

Maybe I should join the Barbell Club. Renee, Rachel, and Ashley look like they’re having fun—and I really need to improve my ability to lift heavy things over my head.

Jack led today’s session, and the focus was on the snatch balance. I’ve come to the realization that this is a move that I may never be able to successfully complete (let alone master). I lack shoulder and hip flexibility, and it may be that I will never able to not overextend my back. *Sigh*

Jack led us through a warmup consisting of snatch balance progressions, using a PVC pipe. We were to next complete 7 reps of 1 snatch balance, working up to a weight heavier than our snatch. I started with just the 45 lb bar, and completed about a dozen reps, working on pushing my shoulders back and dropping quickly into a deep squat. I then placed an additional 10 lb on the bar, and was unable to successfully complete the move. Jack and I discussed (ad nauseam, I might add) everything wrong about my form. I got depressed, and decided to jump rope instead. Don’t hate on me. I am working on OHS and C&J. Snatch will just have to wait.

I went outside and attempted the “Coast Guard” jump rope WOD; 10-20-30-40-50-40-30-20-10 double unders. If you miss a du during any round, you have to start over. I made it to the round of 50 three times, but failed during each round. I became even more depressed. I grabbed my jump rope, tucked my tail between my legs, and went back inside. Most of the 6:15ers were preparing for the WOD. Jack asked if I wanted to join, and I let him know that I was going to be doing my own thing.

AMRAP in 15 minutes of the following:
5 pull-ups
7 pushups
10 box jumps, 20”

Why 20” and not 24” box jumps? Because my goal was to do box jumps quickly and unbroken. Performing quick or fast box jumps continues to be a weakness. My inability to jump quickly is mostly based on fear, so my intention was to overcome my fear. My others goals were to complete pull-ups and pushups unbroken, and to complete a minimum of 15 rounds.

This was a deceptively challenging metcon, and I think I know the reason why. Performing box jumps quickly takes much more out of me, as there is no rest and/or active recovery. Renee observed and (justifiably) chided me for not opening my hips more at the top of the box. I will knowingly admit that this was sometimes the case, and I really needed to focus on not only jumping quickly off and then quickly on the box, but to make sure I opened my hips at the top of the box. Jack observed and (justifiably) said that I need to rest at the top of the box and not to pause before I jump. I’m trying Jack, I really am! My box jumps were the fastest they have ever been. 24” box jumps, you shall be mine.

I completed 16 rounds + 5 pull-ups, 7 pushups, and 6 box jumps. I completed all pull-ups and pushups unbroken, and my form was impeccable, I tell you, impeccable. Some might even say flawless, above reproach, unsullied, faultless, immaculate, and (dare I say) perfect.

2 thoughts on “Not good at snatch. Not good at balance. Not good at snatch balance.

  1. The great thing about this regimen is that it exposes weaknesses. The great thing about weaknesses is that improving them makes everything else better.

    As an example my front squat is pitiful. It exposes many of my weaknesses; lack of quad strength, lack of thoracic strength, lack of hip and ankle flexibility, lack of general strength and flexibility, etc. So for a month I’ve been working on those weaknesses really hard via lots of heavy front squats and they’ve gotten better.
    But you know what’s weird, everything has gotten better. We had a WOD with Hang Power Cleans and running and I did WAY better than I thought I would. In the WOD with c2b pull-ups and box jumps I did all the box jumps unbroken which I didn’t think I’d be able to do. Usually things are MORE difficult than I expect not LESS. Those weaknesses were the anchor holding everything else down.

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