day 2244 – increased volume

the newest squat assignment is increased volume with slightly lowered weight. i went in thinking it’d be okay since the weight went down by ten, but turns out to be really tough. i pushed through and finished it but immediately had regrets. my legs were shaking even before i was done my whole workout. i tried to roll, stretch, roll some more and stretch some more to help my case. right off the bat i knew i was in trouble for tomorrow where i have a fully loaded day of flipping, dodgeball then hockey. all i can do is pray because i’m in for a rough ride tomorrow

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day 2239 – clean and jerk

third and final week of analyzing my clean and jerk to pinpoint where the weak point of the lift lies. in the previous two sessions, i was restricted to use only what i could strict press. i was given the green light today to test out what’s the heaviest i could safely clean and jerk. my initial thought was i wouldn’t be disappointed if i could reach forty kilograms. i kept adding the minis bit by bit and surprised myself with a fifty two kilogram max. maybe i should have set the bar a little lower but that would be selling myself short

day 2237 – clean reached

when i first started learning to olympic lift with jae three years ago, i wished to one day full clean one plate. i never got close before took a break and only restarted with apex the start of this year. through these eight months, there’s been steady progress in both snatches and cleans while solidifying my squat strength. what i thought was a lost goal was made true today and i couldn’t be more happy to share it with my coaches who helped me along the way. this is obviously just a milestone with much more to come

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 2077 – loaded front squats

each tuesday at the apex gym, i’ve pushed a heavier weight than the preceding, setting a personal best every single week since i started training here. prior to being on this program, i’ve been stuck within the one hundred mark. i’m really pleased i just hit the one plate mark for front squats. my snatches also felt pretty good and upped my weight to sixty nine. though it’s not the max snatch, they’re done with better technique and increased consistency. let’s keep setting personal best for all my lifts including front squat, back squats, snatches and cleans

day 2057 – front squats

been concentrating on going heavy with front squats for the past several weeks and progress is there. i really wanted to build the strength back up; started barely cracking the century mark to now being able to hit one twenty five for working sets. i’m not far off from one plate front squats and think hitting it before my birthday is totally doable. i feel the power exercises has translated well with my explosiveness. i just feel like i tend to hold back sometimes because i want to ensure i can control them properly

day 1797 – long weight 


this view of the cage has been scarce the past month or so. you know it’s long when the first personal trainer i saw pointed at me and said he hasn’t seen me, and then all other trainers also turned to look. i got the point of shame that i’ve been lazy with my gyming, but the fact i’m in means i want to change that. not much has changed at this nash with the exception of a few new trainers. i had to keep it lightweight, but at least it’s a squat and deadlift day in the books. i’ve lost the strength, so priority number one is to rebuild it and work my way back to match those numbers