Cycle #3 Week 3 Day 1.
Another day of just establishing a heavy single front squat and heavy single snatch. I am spending too much time on trying for these higher weights (relatively, of course) instead of just backing off 10# or 20#, being happy with the heavy single I establish and moving on to the other exercises in the programming.
Coming off the weekend doing high-block snatches I was curious as to what I could generate from the floor after getting 125# from the high-blocks. I just barely punched out 135# and failed six times at 145#. Maybe 140# was in the cards. But it seemed pointless to try.
I think the blocks help with my second pull. I feel like I cut the second pull short when coming from the floor. Now I see more than ever why the snatch pulls are important for upper back strength and confidence on bar height (as to get underneath)…
My current 1RM max snatch (with straps) is 150#. Getting 140# or 145# without straps would be a win for me. However, now that I have had the sensation of doing a high pull from the blocks and getting under with the third pull (at a lighter weight especially), I even think 135# is too heavy for me to execute the snatch with better form and speed.
When the weight gets heavier I don’t shrug as high and have less confidence about getting underneath. But when I am high-pulling 95# to my chin, of course I can drop underneath. I need to work on the blocks more hitting that bottom position so I can also do that when the blocks are gone.
- Heavy Single of Front Squat; 245#
- Heavy Single of Snatch; 135#