June 29, 2013

Cam got a PR snatch last night.

And I got an excuse to post this picture.

And I got an excuse to post this picture.

Why be Normal?

June 27, 2013

Here’s a response for Wickets, whom asked if I would post a video of a properly executed snatch.  This video pops up all over the place and for good reason.  I recommend purchasing the Bulgarian training hall video from Ironmind to watch this guy kill some big numbers in training as well as one of my all time favorite lifters, Zlatan Vanev, fight for some huge clean and jerks.  Don’t be cheap.  Buy it.



Right Direction.

June 21, 2013

20130621-123959.jpgI like the last one better, but in general, these are all going in the right direction. Hopefully some of the skills I’m developing will carry over to when I start working from my imagination again.

Recent Favorite.

June 20, 2013

My favorite so far.



June 19, 2013

Dats a sassy look she got goin’ on.


Another Photo Study.

June 18, 2013


Yes, Really.

June 17, 2013

Here is the final cut of the bro film of the century brought to you by me and Kevin.  In case you didn’t know, we are friends.

MOAR ink.

June 17, 2013

While I really liked the direction I was going with my second attempt at the photo study, one of the main reasons I like Frazetta’s drawings is the harsh shadows and drama set by the extreme light source(s). Here’s another study with a more liberal use of ink.

20130617-135536.jpgI softened it up with a little inkwash too.

2nd Attempt.

June 15, 2013

Same photo but with the full figure.


Let’s just pretend for a second that you’re a novice lifter, less than a year’s worth of experience with practicing the Olympic lifts a few times a week.  You are able to do all of the powerlifting movements and general strengthening movements at an adequate level of proficiency, but you want to start adding in some of the Olympic style lifts because you want to round out your training program, participate in randomized strength and conditioning competitions, or just think the lifts are cool.  Where do you start? Well I’ll tell you where NOT to start.

Not with jerks off the blocks.

Not with power snatches or cleans off the high blocks.

Not with the Shankle complex (or a similar clean and jerk or snatch complex).

Not with Chinese style pulls or high pulls.


Will an Olympic lifter use most of these modalities in his training at some point? Yes.  Absolutely.  But we’re assuming you’re a beginner.  Where do beginners start?

Well if I were to begin a powerlifting program, how would my first workout go?  Do I immediately do 9×2 box squat with a safety squat bar with added band resistance, 3 board presses in a shirt followed by seated box jumps? NO. NO I DO NOT.  I DO REGULAR ASS SHIT FIRST.  I build a base, a frame for me to build a house on.  As a beginner, I would need to sift through what looks cool on youtube and what would objectively help me at the beginning of my journey.

A beginner with the Olympic style lifts, regardless of prior general training experience, should be spending most of his time (with the lifts) doing snatches, clean and jerks, hang snatches, hang cleans and positional work with the lifts (inserting pauses during the pull to ensure proper position).  I know.  It’s not sexy.  It won’t get a lot of hits on youtube.  But it works.  Fitness is fun.  Theres a lot of cool stuff out there.  But at times, theres a difference between cool and helpful.  If you want my opinion, (I’m assuming you do.  After all, you’re on my blog.) cover the fundamentals first.  The more years and time spent pursuing the lifts will then bring exciting variations to your training based on need.