General Thoughts · Workouts

Still Struggling with a Set Workout

So, as you know, I’ve been bouncing around trying different set, rep and weight schemes, powerlifting only, Olympic lifting only, barbell complex workouts only, old school pyramid schemes, etc etc.  I just can’t get into a groove.  I’ll pick a workout type and end up only being able to stay with it for a few weeks.

My latest kick, a combination of power lifting and Olympic lifting with 48 minute mountain bike as a conditioning / aerobic add on.

Essentially: Snatch on Monday; Bench on Tuesday; Squat on Wednesday; Deadlift on Thursday; and Clean & Jerk on Friday.  8 total sets in a quasi 5 / 3 / 2 / 1 rep scheme.

I think I found what the problem might be.  If I know I have a grinding 5 x5 workout coming up with Squats and Deadlifts, I spend the whole day coming up for excuses not to do it.  It seems I am now “too busy” for a 45 minute to 1 hour workout.  I like the short 5 set snap workouts that I can bang out in 15 to 20 minutes.  But, what benefit are those?  Well, better than nothing but not really conducive to proper strength training.

I do, however, love the fact that I can practice / work on the five major complex lifts mentioned above.  The powerlifts give me the ability to work on pure strength training and the Olympic lifts give me the ability to work on dynamic complex movements involving conditioning and speed.

Now, I find that I’m super de-conditioned in the snatch and the clean & jerk.  So I decided to drop the weights way down, to the bottom and start concentrating on form, balance and technique (that goodness for You Tube).

Here is a shot of me trying to snatch.  Moderate success.  It will be a long road with this one.


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