Decided to enter a Powerlifting Competition on December 3, 2011 in Pennsylvania. You will see our efforts to train the bench press “competition style” in the video. After the “catastrophic event” towards the end, Gillian bounced back by having a little fun…
Saturday was an off day, back at it today, focusing on the clean and jerk. PR’s today at 82 & 83Kg. Last night we watched the weightlifting meet in California – re-inspired to do great things, focus on training and try and compete next year!
Long time since we bothered to make a video. We have moved to a a Texas Method like training method, feeling it out as we go. Friday is max effort, PR the backsquat at 255lb for 4, attempt was for 5, but loss of concentration caused a dump. Gillian went back and did 2 more after a few minutes rest. PR on the press at 123lbs, and huge PR’s of 59, 60, 61, and 62 Kg today in the snatch. We did three clean and jerks afterwards, of 60, 65, and 70 Kg, tomorrow we’ll go big.
Form starts to break down when the Joe Bonamassa song ends at 59 Kgs, didn’t catch it so much at the time, and kept going until she hit a 62 Kg PR. Bad form today is as good as her old good form 2 months ago.
Mark Rippetoe and his coaching has been amazingly helpful.
Thanks, Rip – you’re right, stronger is better – who would have thought?
Great day today. Garage PR on the Clean and Jerk. Set up is getting better throughout…it is something we work hard on each time. When the set up is better, the movement is better, when the set up is good, the follow on movement is good.
Time with Rip taught me a lot in regards to cause and effect. Gillian is looping? She’s hitting low on the thigh. If she’s hitting low on the thigh, her set up was probably not right. Explosiveness is getting better. Gillian said she actually felt a surge of adrenaline today…that’s a first during our training!
Gillian has been hard at work. As a result of the time spent at Rip’s we took time to reflect on our training routine, where we have come from, where we are, and where we are going. The result of all this was this Article. It’s a look into Gillian’s training life in her own words.
Today was a good day for Gillian. Front squat 97Kg for a single, (PR), snatched 54Kg (tied the garage PR), and then did an 70Kg Clean and Jerk every 90 seconds for 15 reps. This was followed up with another 90Kg front squat.
Strength day today, these are hard and fun! Back squat 3×5 at 215lb, 30lbs off Gillian’s PR, however it was good to get back to squatting and a strength focus. Shoulder press was reduced to 105lbs due to a change in technique. Every rep is reset on the shoulders, much like a deadstop deadlift. MUCH harder this way. Success on both lifts…great day.