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10/12/14 – Playing just the tip

So this is going to be a really quick post to just give you a quick insight now that I have taken a step back into the world of Olympic lifting. After taking time off from any sport activity or movement pattern it is always worth playing just the tip rather than going guns blazing back into something that your body is just simply not prepared for. I have stated my opinions on submaximal training in a previous article. In my case, today was a day spent focused primarily on the snatch. I have not snatched in nearly two months due to having to work commitments at a gym which is not set up towards weightlifting as it lacks the space or equipment necessary in order to perform the lifts as they are intended to be done. Needless to say I was super rusty and had to ease myself back into the game by focusing on getting a large amount of training volume in at lighter weights.


I am a firm believer in auto regulation i.e. the use of your own common sense in dictating how hard you train. I built up the intensity over a series of triples, doubles and eventually a technically challenging single which was just hard enough that I felt if I stuck at the weight, which I did, that I would get progressively better over the course of multiple quick sets. You don’t need to go balls to the wall every time you step into the gym, nor should you.You need to ease back into training rusty movement patterns and honing your technique. Now, I am by no means an expert at Olympic weightlifting, but I do know that pushing the envelope for no other reason than to satisfy your own goddamn ego and sense of personal expectation is nothing other than a sure fire way to get your self hurt, or worse get yourself into a training rut in which you never take the time to step back and re-evaluate your goals and technical faults.

With all that in mind, here was todays workout:


– 3RM

– 2RM

– challenging single: 8×1 (I stuck at this weight till it felt smooth)

Bench press-

– 2RM

– 6×3


– 5x max reps

Pull ups

– 4 x max reps

Face pulls

– 1×100

Lateral raises

– 4×10

So remember Rebels. Sometimes it’s safer to play just the tip.

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