Well today was my first day back in two weeks after doing Olympic lifting for the past 3 months. Holy crap was it rough. I felt like a newbie again. My squat is so low it isn't even funny. Overall my body regressed except for my shoulders during the Olympic lifting. However, I set a PR for deadlift last month at 205kg while screwing around after muscle snatches and cleans. Looks like I'm going back to Starting Strength to get up to par to try HCT-12. Jut needed to vent the frustration of going from 385lbs on backsquat for 3 reps to struggling to do a set o 5 at 225lbs... Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Out of curiosity, why did you focus exclusively on the Olympic lifts for 3 months? I'm actually debating doing the same thing when I get back home from school (found a coach close to my home) for the summer, so I'm wondering what effects focusing on just those lifts had on you? Do you feel as if your athletic ability improved? Lean muscle mass gain? Fat loss? What do you think was the major benefit from focusing on those two lifts? Thanks.
I focused on Olympic lifting because the university has a phenomenal program with some really intense lifters. However, I am on the U.S. team for Olympic shooting and it gets in the way with lifting to much in the Olympic discipline. Having a set routine for the week and missing random days makes it hard to keep up. In addition, because of the limited lifting practice due to traveling for shooting it took me a while to get form down. Unless you have the form down solid it will be hard to work your legs while doing clean and jerk as well as snatch. Granted I did work them, but not in the sense of standing up with 300+ lbs on top of me. I enjoyed it and if you have the time to train correctly I highly recommend it. However, I do not and thus am having to go back to lifting on my own. My major benefit from this was the increase in shoulder strength -- it went through the roof! Otherwise I did not have any gains aside from a 20lbs increase in deadlift.
Very cool that you're on the Shooting team for the Olympics. You're also not too far from me. There are actually quite a few people from MO on the board. I had no idea that Lindenwood had an OLY team.
Best of luck with SS. Do you think that it's helped your shooting? My dad is an avid shooter and I'm getting him into training so any tips on things that directly helped with shooting would be appreciated.
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Nothing really helps shooting aside from the fact that you feel better and have more energy as far as physical training goes. However, I am talking about shotgun shooting. Some of the pistol shooters have some big shoulders. If anyone is in the St. Louis area and is interested in shooting just send me a message. I would be more than willing to help any WBB members out.