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Merry Christmas to me

Posted in Gym Strength by Mike on December 22, 2007

I’ve been thinking for a couple months that I am capable of cleaning my bodyweight but whenever it came time, it just wasn’t there. Under Henry’s (The Oly guy from a couple weeks ago) I definitely felt I could but I wanted to continue to focus on learning rather than getting caught up in trying to hit PRs. So I told my Ben (my brother-in-law) that I felt like yesterday was the day. I rounded up my gym bag, camera and headed to the gym.

60K X 5
80K X 5
100K X 2(yep, that went easy)
105K X 1
107.5K X 0
80K  X 2
100K X 2
105K X 1
107.5 X 0
107.5 X 0
107.5 X 1 (PR/Bodyweight)

Just to make it as official as I could I weighed myself 234 fully clothed.
107.5 X 2.2 =236.5
Sure enough, a better than bodyweight clean, Merry Christmas to me.
In fact, the 105K matches this morning’s bodyweight

Sadly, I left my camera in the car so I still have to video it for  posterities sake. The one I finally pulled was so hideous, I’m not sure I wanted to preserve it. I stood up with it and muscled it into place. For some reason I just forget that knee bend up around 100K. I have to get better at that.

Thrusters 60K (Front squat to jerk) 5
this is a crossfit favorite and I have done it with kettlebells but I have to say that it is one of the more retarded barbell exercises I have tried. Don’t expect to see this again.

Front Squat 80K 5 X 5

Pull up (working on quality, getting the entire chin over the bar) 5 X 3

Dips +25lbs 5 X 5 (more weight or more reps are needed)

Situp + 10lbs behind the head 3 X 12

3 Responses to 'Merry Christmas to me'

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  1. Chris Rice said,

    Congratulations! BW clean is a nice lift.Now that you know you can do it – you can make it look better.

  2. Mike said,

    I think that is exactly what I need to do. I think I need to do a combination of 70%-80% weight cleans for form and 110%-120% weight high pulls to get the pull down.

  3. Scott Styles said,

    Congrats, that’s a great lift.

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