Hit Gold's early AM for some Olympic lifting, sponsored by David Blaine*. (*Every time I work on cleans, all my squat cleans magically turn into power cleans.) I was in serious danger of forgetting how to squat clean entirely, so I was determined to break the cycle today. I decided to work with lighter weight and hammer on form until my body started dropping under the bar.
- Jump rope 6:00
- Front squats @ 45#
- Tall cleans @ 45# (lots)
- 5@65# (a few power cleans thrown in)
- 5@65# (still a few power cleans - dammit)
- 5@75# (one power clean)
- 5@85# (one power clean)
Then Brandon showed up so I could fix his deadlift. His appearance was newsworthy... he's been threatening to meet me at Gold's for months now, but never, ever, ever manages to get his butt out of bed on time. Today he actually made it. He always comes away from his deadlift sessions with back pain, so I started him with a really light bar (115#) and worked on getting his set-up straight. We worked sets of 3-5 up to 185# - his form was looking good by the end of the session.
I'm not a trainer and not an expert on the big lifts, but at this point I think I can armchair coach the deadlift pretty effectively. I can't take an A- deadlift and turn it into an A... my eye isn't quite that good. But I got Brandon to the point where his form looked better than anyone I've seen deadlifting at Gold's. Except me, of course. And my Gym Boyfriend.
No cash-out today, unless you want to count B's coaching session. Works for me.
Music (this is what Oly Day looks like)