August 12, 2011

I wish I could take credit for this, but I can’t.

At 66kg. She easily squats 120 for a 10 kg. PR.

This is a JR athlete that I’ve been coaching for about 6 months or so.  When we first began, she was on a 3 day a week program.  Her primary sport is volleyball and with a rigorous summer conditioning program for her school team, I didn’t want to overwhelm her with a NEW sport and potentially leave her at risk for injury because I pushed her too hard without knowing how her body responded to my programming.

I wrote up a pretty standard Olympic lifting program, covering all the bases and giving her a nice amount of variety into her workload.  However, every Friday would become the day when she would take up both lifts to a maximum almost exactly how she would in competition, usually giving her 3 misses at both before moving on.  We followed that format for a couple months until she voiced that she would like to start coming in more often to practice the lifts.  So we bumped up to 5 days a week and have been doing that ever since.

The thing that made this particular lift inspiring to me was that for a 10kg. PR with no belt and knee sleeves, (wait as long as you can to add the belt and sleeves!  It’s worth it.) it didn’t really look that difficult.

The nice thing about weightlifting is that coaching it is extremely easy when you’re working with talented athletes.

6 Responses to “Athletes.”

  1. Daniel said

    Thats almost 2 times her bodyweight. Awesome lift.

  2. Terri with a heart over the "i" said

    Top notch squat.

    Although, I am sour that beefy dudes such as myself would likely be discouraged from squatting in volleyball shorts.

  3. kecks said

    great lift! have videos of her snatch/c+j? your female readers would love to see this :)!

  4. camilog75 said

    The stable is growing because of relentless pursuit of refinement of technique and consistently making all litters better.

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