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Clinics and Cures

rowclinicMigs, Big D, Rockstar, and N8 during last week’s row clinic in the Wednesday night workout. (Does anyone have real names anymore?)

Last night, we ran a similar clinic, but this time for Sumo Deadlift High Pull. Two folks were miraculously cured like lepers in the Old Testament, while others saw some nice refinements of previous trouble spots. (Okay, I might have exaggerated a bit on the leper thing. It was more like clearing up a mild rash.)

Anyhow, we’re seeing great improvements with this clinic focus and we’re going to continue it. Tell us in Comments what movement you’d like to see us focus on next.

In other news, the Watertown Fall Festival is this Saturday. We’ll be holding workouts at 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm at the Festival. Sign up at the gym if you want to participate in the workouts or if you can volunteer an hour or two to hang out at the booth. (If you need any clinics in the art of shaking hands, I’m available. Just ask. Really, don’t be shy.)

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Rockstar
Rockstar

back squats front squats clean and jerks I used to love dl but find this really tweaks my back the most regardless of my form

jen
jen

Clean and Jerks DL's Back Squats

Mary
Mary

Deadlifts Back Squats Clean & Jerk

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Nate - sure, bring the pup, it's okay. Can we name her "Rocket" now? Or "Helen"?

K
K

1-b 2-c 3-a

Greg
Greg

I was rushing just reading your comment about rushing N8

Nathan
Nathan

Hmmm... this is tough, but I am going to go with: OHS Clean Jerks On another note, I might not be making the 6pm class tonight because of puppy duties. She didn't seem like she was doing well this morning and neither the lady or I would get home at a reasonable hour if I went straight to crossfit. So.... I am going to try to get out of here at 5pm, rush home, grab her and then rush down to CFW (Granted it is ok she hangs out for another class?). Huh, that was a lot of information...

becky
becky

Love Power Cleans! Like Power Clean and Jerks! Like Bench Press! Not really liking anything else at the moment...hit the wall hard...frustration setting in with just about all other lifts, especially the deadlift.

Eric
Eric

1. Snatch 2. KB Snatch 3. OH Lunges For clinic: I vote pistols

Chris
Chris

Oh, sorry. I missed the correction. Back Squat Snatch Deadlift

Chris
Chris

Um... I think we're only supposed to be talking about how we feel about front squats, OHS, and snatches. 1. I sort of enjoy front squats. 2. I flippin’ LOVE overhead squats. 3. I flippin’ LOVE snatches. Now that I can do the last two reasonably well, I love doing them.

sueloz
sueloz

Faves: My Snatch Clean and Jerk Overhead Squats I love them because they are all both technically and mentally challenging.

Greg
Greg

Snatch Power Clean Back Squat

melissa
melissa

1. Back squat 2. OHS 3. Snatch...preferably the power snatch =)

Greg
Greg

1. I sort of enjoy front squats. 2. I sort of enjoy overhead squats. 3. I flippin’ LOVE snatches.

Jill
Jill

I sort of enjoy front squats (alot more than I used to) I've never done overhead squats I hate snatches (only b/c I cant figure out how to do them correctly) bench push jerk cleans

Kirk
Kirk

Bench Press Cleans Jerks Honorable Mention to Dead Lift, but it gets demoted because I suck at it more than the others.

David
David

For reals: Press OHS DL

David
David

tricep kick backs Lateral shoulder raise preacher curls

beery
beery

I hate front squats. I sort of enjoy overhead squats. I sort of enjoy snatches. DL Back Squat Bench Press

mike # 3
mike # 3

1. squat 2. deadlift 3. clean

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Okay, let's rephrase our survey. Instead, name the top 3 lifts you love. I know this is like choosing which child you like best, but bear with me. For me: 1.) Front Squat 2.) Clean 3.) Overhead Squat

mike # 3
mike # 3

Love them all but that doesn't mean I'm any good at them.

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Let's do a little experimental survey here. Choose one answer from the each of the following three questions and post here. (Pick only ONE option from each number.) 1.) I hate front squats. I sort of enjoy front squats. I flippin' LOVE front squats. 2.) I hate overhead squats. I sort of enjoy overhead squats. I flippin' LOVE overhead squats. 3.) I hate snatches. I sort of enjoy snatches. I flippin' LOVE snatches.

jen
jen

Hhehehe! Lis said, "yank and jerks"! heheh! I'd like to work on my snatch more!

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Ah, David, the answer lies not in doing it more so much as in doing it right when you do it. Five perfect, smooth SDHP with proper opening of the hips will do more for a person's technique than 50 yank and jerks.

becky
becky

Ummm So much to work on, so little time. Overhead Squat or Snatch would be my weakest no doubt.

kirk
kirk

Last night's clinic kicked a$$! I was just yanking the weight up previously, now I have some technique. Maybe that's why I hurt my back doing SDHP's before?? I'm glad we'll be continuing the Wed. night clinics. Very helpful. I always need more help with Olympic lifts, as well. Maybe push jerk, because I feel I should be able to lift more weight. Something in my technique is def. holding me back.

David
David

jump rope rowing cleaning odd weighted objects I thought last nights wod was really fun and I really enjoyed the clinic. I too like Nate come away from being analyzed with a sense of, oh, that's how it's supposed to feel/look etc. I think for me it is in doing more and practicing the skills and precursors to the movements that I want to get better at or actually do (pistols, ring dips, etc)

Chris
Chris

I could stand to use more olympic lifting practice myself, particularly clean and jerks.

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Nate -- the Oly lifts always make us feel that way. So much to master. So difficult to get right. And that is the reason behind their lure. Stupid sexy Olympic lifts.

Nathan
Nathan

To me, the most interesting about these clinics, well, at least with the KB and rowing ones (SDHP has always been an enigma to me), was that I thought I already had a pretty good grasp of those movements. But by the time we finished working on them, I really felt a 100% more proficient in doing them. I suppose what I am saying is surprise me so I can be surprised? But I do feel I am terrible at the olympic lifts and their relatives. Maybe kipping pullups?