day 2190 – pr clean

since i’m expecting deloading week to come soon, i just went for it. this would be the heaviest clean i’ve ever done and i’m truly proud of it. in the past i’ve only hovered around one hundred fifteen, rarely get into the twenties because i struggled to get out of the bottom position. my front squat have improved so much since joining apex that this weight was easily handled. i have had my eyes set on the one plate ever since i started getting the hang of olympic cleans, but who knows, maybe one day i can even make the reds

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day 2105 – one rep max

for the past several weeks, my workouts at apex have been strategically programmed to make strength gains. i’m excited that it is finally time to test out my one rep max. my snatches felt strong leading up the heaviest i’ve ever lifted over my head. though i had a rocky bottom catching position, i managed to save it and hit a pr in both snatches and front squats. it took more than one attempt, but i walked away with a forty two kilo snatch and one hundred and fifty pound front squat. i’m extremely happy with the results as that’s a five kilo increase in my snatch. coach told me the yellow plates are within reach, something i’ve always thought i’d never be able to attain

day 2015 – romaleos

feeling so excited that my neon nike romaleos 3 was delivered to my doorstep. i’ve never olympic lifted with olympic lifting specific shoes, but i’ve only heard good things about how well it allows you to get under the bar. i notice it’s difficult for me to pull the bar over me which is why i don’t punch the bar aggressively. this should put me into a better position when catching the snatch at the bottom. i can’t wait to try them on the platform and lift bigger weights over my head

day 1953 – spigen case

thank goodness for amazon prime or else i’d still be fearing for my pixel’s life. even though i previously placed orders for two other cases and tempered glasses, they likely wouldn’t arrive before the end of this year. there’s no way i can resist the urge to whip out my pixel until then. without the phone case, i had cut an eco mat to act as a phone bed to prevent any scratches. i’m treating my phone with extra special care that i don’t even want direct contact with any hard surfaces

day 1897 – first front

i landed so many good ones on the blue today so decided today was the day to take it to the floor. i fell on my butt so many times before eventually landing one on the floor for the very first time. it was by no means pretty, but i’ll keep working on it to clean it up. it was a really big step out of my comfort zone, but i now know how it feels on the floor. i’m very grateful for the support i’ve received even when it wasn’t working. without their encouragement, i wouldn’t have had the opportunity or confidence to attempt it on the floor. this will be the first of many

day 1888 – big leap

front tucks made vast improvements with my front tucks tonight. stayed after class for another two hours drilling them and getting them on footage. not only was it my first day landing them on red, i also moved to blue and landed them too. it was looking so good i was asked to take it to the floor, but i opted not to because i was nursing so many injuries. never have i thought that i would land a front tuck on the floor before a back tuck. i do regret not taking up that offer, but i’m aiming to land them this week

day 1617 – jaybirds

another shipment from boxing day shopping arrived at my doorstep. as the parcels trickle in, i keep in mind christmas is only three hundred odd days away. lots of expenditures this past christmas on laser, supplies, clothing, sports gear, car essentials, organizations and now headphones. these jaybirds is a hefty buy but it was time to make the upgrade rather than just settle for something mediocre. they’re ready to rock and roll next time i’m working my butt off