day 2556 – main school mandates

august is here and the inevitable came today – i’m back in the main school teaching some small classes. it’s been so long since i last wore my full uniform with belt. i have to split my time between wu’s and flightclub, but i planned it out to spend as little time here as possible before heading to flightclub. teaching with a mask and shoes is not comfortable at all and i can’t imagine doing this for a longer shift. i’m glad i was uninterrupted and was able to teach my classes in peace; i guess he trusts me enough to leave me to it

day 2537 – solo session

my lifting partner cancelled this morning but i was still determined to follow through. it was a solo deadlift session which required more motivation than ever, but i got it done hitting the reps i wanted. i took the time do my warmup sets and for the first time i mustered five reps at twenty hundred and five. back in mid may i couldn’t pull the exact weight off the ground more than an inch. what progress made in the span of eight weeks in midst of two hyperextended knee injuries. i’m slowly inching my way back to the two plate goal. hopefully all my goals will be back in sight soon

day 2450 – shoulder stability

i was off olympic lifting for more than week and i feel i’ve forgotten the tech and timing. private session had me stick with really light weights and concentrate much more on shoulder stability within pain free range. the high volume snatches of triples in power, half and full positions gasses me out real quick. the cleans surprised both coach and i; he let me work up to eighty percent. finished the session off with some heavy back squats and then i was off to my routine sprints. i appreciate just being back on the platform – just me and the barbell

day 2426 – handsprings

after two plus months, i was ready to test out my shoulder with some back handsprings. the first ones were ugly, but it got on track after a couple more tries. i’m very surprised that i hadn’t completely lost it after having to put it aside for months. it’s a feel good training today because everything else also found it’s place. my backside 9 felt as good as ever, my websters had a bit of a breakthrough, combos were smoother and both my front handsprings and back handsprings are in working order again. i plan to have many level ups during this quarantine

day 2405 – snatchable

seven weeks restricted to working on cleans only, can’t say i wasn’t itching to snatch. i would’ve considered it a successful session just snatching the empty bar without any pain. i was even afraid i forgot how to snatch and need to relearn the technique. the fact that i didn’t rush back into snatching had a noticeable positive impact because i felt really strong and comfortable with every single rep. it felt so good that i got the green light to work all the way to the green plates for easy reps. so whatever i did today far exceeds any expectations I had

day 2374 – squat days

skipping the paused squats and added a little bit of weight to the old fashioned back squats. it was deloaded week so kept the weights in check and didn’t stretch myself too far. i also did some lighter cleans for feelers and they felt doable. i hope return to apex this week and start off feeling more fresh. it being the first of february sure seems like some resolutioners dropped off because the gym is slowly becoming less packed

day 2328 – lifting norms

the first week i can weightlift freely more like a normal person would. i don’t feel bounded by the many external factors; not doing modified snatches not banned from cleans, not using straps and not wearing a splint. i also didn’t have a weight cap because coach allowed me to go as heavy as i feel comfortable. my body was ready and surprised me with strong lifts. i ended the session with a forty two kilo snatch and forty nine kilo clean and jerk. these numbers are very close to my max pre-injury. definitely the highs i haven’t felt for the past three months

day 2169 – nash cleans

i haven’t stepped into a steve nash for a long time because of so many things: busy schedule, membership issues, vacation, injuries, fatigue and general laziness. the slacking at nash must end and i was determined to crush the workout the moment i walked in. did my usual thursday lifts in order from cleans, backs squats, bench press and rows. being off this workout for some time, i stayed with some conservative weights but definitely should up it next time

day 2147 – back at flips

ever since i got back from my europe trip, my body has been experiencing nonstop and soreness. soreness from one thing hasn’t left my body and more soreness is added from another activity. i’m still really happy to be training again and seeing the people i’m used to doing flips with. working on arabians after hours because i haven’t landed anything in a long, long time. it’s definitely time to get a head start on some new moves and make better progress

day 1901 – attempt practice

a failed attempt to practice after sunday poomsae training. intended to have some extra practice after all the kids left, but didn’t get much done and ended up going off on some discussions. i think i’m going to try to set some time aside to get some extra practice in for myself; testing to see if i can get myself back into it. in need to set some goals for myself with some deadlines