Ha! Get it? "Snatch me if you can?" Like "Catch me if you can?" Uh... yeah... that's right... I'm a total nerd... So, between my slllllooooow healing from the race last weekend and the Blackberry Phantom, I haven't been able to get into CF much this week. So I really wanted to get in today and hit a workout and boy am I glad I did. Jerry had another workout that was right up my alley.
Today we started with some PVC work and really dialed in on snatch form. In the past I've felt like I have had pretty decent snatch form, but today was really great. We did a bunch of different moves and it was great for muscle memory. After about a half hour or so, Jerry flipped the board and told us we had a choice of two workouts, each of course involving snatches. We did a workout awhile back where we did 75 push presses with 75 snatches, so I felt like doing "Randy" which is 75 snatches for time, would be a repeat, even though it wasn't exactly the same. So, I chose the other workout, which was Isabel.
Now, Isabel is only 30 snatches for time, as opposed to Randy's 75. However, Isabel is with a much heavier weight. Whereas Randy is 75 snatches using 55 lbs, Isabel is 30 snatches using 85 lbs. I will be the first to admit that 85 lbs sounded very intimidating to me. After a few warm-ups with some weight on the bar, I hit 55 and then thought I'd give 85 a try. The highest I've ever actually snatched was 65lbs. I've never hit a max snatch. So, I loaded the bar, and barely got 85 to my nose. Jerry looked at me and told me that I was strong enough but that I wasn't diving under the bar, and I wasn't lifting with confidence. Wow did he ever hit the nail on the head with that. I was "giving it a try" but not really thinking it was possible. So, he told me to back down and go with a lighter weight, but still work heavy on the 30.
Now, if you've been reading my blog for sometime, you know that I have a stubborn streak about as long as the Mississippi. I really didn't like giving up on the 85, so I gave it one more go. I got under the bar that time, but boy did it feel heavy. I asked Jerry if he would watch me do it a third time, and so he watched me while I threw 85 lbs over my head. He told me form looked good, and so I decided to give Isabel a go. I knew it wasn't going to be easy. Isabel was going to be a good challenge (strength wise) for me. But, Jerry was right. Going with the heavy lift, it's really all about confidence. One I hit a few reps of the 85, I was sure I could keep going with it and I did. Isabel is supposed to be a power snatch from the floor, but I wasn't comfortable with my power snatch form. It was just unusual, and so Jerry said it was fine to go from the hang instead of the floor. So technically my Isabel wasn't RX'd, but I used RX'd weight. Isabel did push me. I started out in sets of 2, but by the last 10 was down to singles. Everyone was cheering me in, so when I got to the last 4-5 I was really pushing them in. Jerry got a few pictures, so I'll have to see how they turned out. My overall time was 9:29. Not too bad I thought. 30 reps in under 10 minutes at a heavy weight. I'll take it....
I can't wait to get back into the blue room tomorrow.... :)