Experience Is The Best Teacher

There was an interesting brief discussion this morning about the different styles in weightlifting.  There are a lot of different nuanced ways to clean, jerk and snatch.  What Annie was mentioning this morning and I think is a great point, is that it is ultimately up to the individual to decide which style works best for them.  We've tried a lot of different methods over the years, and It may be prisoner of the moment, but it looks and feels like we've hit gold with Mr. Cerbus and the Power Monkey team.  I've seen Annie lift for many years, and I'd say she's been a great lifter with high level numbers over that time.  With Mike's skill work and programming, she has made leaps and bounds of progress.  I am very confident that this relationship with Power Monkey is going to continue to be highly beneficial for the gym going forward.

One technique we've been playing with is keeping your grip in cleans and front squats.  Even with the touch and go cleans today, we were experimenting with keeping the hook through the entire set.  Personally I've always released and re-gripped on the way down, it's always felt very rhythmic.  After trying the new grip today, it felt like I had more control over the bar.  Again, these are all techniques to try out.  It's all about experimenting and finding what works for you.  Alison here in the bottom of her clean, full grip.


5 x 3 clean (touch and go)

Complete as many reps as possible in 8 minutes of:
3 handstand push-ups
3 cleans
6 handstand push-ups
3 cleans
9 handstand push-ups
3 cleans
12 handstand push-ups
6 cleans
15 handstand push-ups
6 cleans
18 handstand push-ups
6 cleans
21 handstand push-ups
9 cleans
Etc., adding 3 reps to the handstand push-up each round, and 3 reps to the clean every 3 rounds.

Men clean 185 lb.
Women clean 125 lb.