A few things to note:

  1. I rested yesterday. It was much needed.
  2. I completed 3 sets of 10 thrusters Tuesday, but forget to record. Weights were 100, 105, & 115#. Sh!t felt heavy.
  3. I need to determine if I should continue using hook grip for OHS.
  4. Whilst playing with Luke one of his claws caught my navel ring and tore my skin. Wearing a weightlifting belt is somewhat painful.
  5. Paleo diet continues to go well, and I can already tell that my body and brain are adjusting.
  6. I got new glasses, and (like me) they are progressive. It’s going to take some getting used to.
  7. I finished the first season of the Blacklist. James Spader is awesome.
  8. I watched the first two episodes of True Detectives. Matthew McConaughey is awesome.

I didn’t participate in the Barbell Club Tuesday, so I was looking forward to doing so tonight.

A: Front Squat (Front Squat 5×3 1 and 1 Quarters @ 75% 1RM )
Uhm, 170# is heavy, although I remember a time in the not so distant past when that weight was my 1RM. James demonstrated, I completed, and he said, “Text book.” Best. Compliment. Ever. The last rep of each set felt like a 1RM attempt.
I love squatting. I have grown to love front squatting.
B: Snatch
Teach 3 Position snatch/snatch tech.  Establish snatch warmup, then 7 mins to work to moderate dbl  hang snatch with good mechanics
This was fun! James emphasized what I have taught, although he used slightly different terms. I snatched a mere 75#, working on technique and speed. And it’s the best that snatches have felt.
C: Snatch Grip Deadlift
Not really a snatch grip deadlift… I lifted 115#. Holding the bar with hook grip was becoming a challenge.
Isabel (Time)
For Time:  30 Snatches, 135# / 95#
Uhm, I’m not yet ready to snatch 135#. I may never be ready to snatch 135#. If I continue to lose weight on the Paleo diet (I’ve lost about 5# so far) that may very well be my bodyweight.
I had decided to snatch 85#, but since I completed snatches (albeit one at a time) during the snatch/GHD sit-up metcon, James encouraged me to lift 95# again. Dammit. He said, “There is a 10-minute time limit. If it takes you longer than 10 minutes than the weight was too heavy. If it takes you less than 5 minutes, the weight was too light.”
I positioned myself with my back towards the others, as I wanted to focus on form and not let anyone else’s pace influence my own. And I didn’t want to see the clock.
I also didn’t want anyone to see me cry.
When my form deteriorated, i.e., when I began pressing instead of pulling myself under the bar, I stopped, shook out my shoulders, and reminded myself to open my hips. This generally worked.
I completed in 3:40.
Yup, I should’ve gone heavier. Uhm, but my power snatch 1RM in 115. And I’ve only completed a power snatch at the weight, well, once.
I think I might be getting stronger.
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