Today was the day I decided to see how I was coming along with my RKC Snatch Test numbers. I realize that this might have been a little hasty, since I have not been training Snatches heavily since probably about January. And the little Snatches that I have been doing have been with the 16kg and the 20kg.
But, with the help of friends, I have motivated myself enough over the past few days to get outside and see how I fared with the 24kg.
But first let's back up just a bit. Since my last post, Thursday morning, I did grease the groove a bit Thursday evening with 2 sets of 5/5 Snatches with the 24kg. Yesterday, I did a few sets during the day of 5/5 with the 16kg. I have been focusing on the descent of the Snatch, using more of a corkscrew release along with better hinging and follow-through of my torso at the bottom.
Not to be outdone by the Ladies of RKC, I also tested myself with a 32kg Getup last night. Using my right (dominant) arm, I performed one Getup just for fun. And it was easier than I expected. Up until now I had only practiced my Getups with the 24kg. I guess it's time to bump it up a bit!
OK, back to today... I have captured my workout on video again. You'll first see me perform a 32kg Getup with my left arm. This is the first time I have ever attempted this. I hope you enjoy, it's history in the making. =)
Next you'll see me perform what I thought was 40 consecutive Snatches with the 24kg!! Only after watching the video, I miscounted and only performed 39!!!!!!!! I so could have completed one more rep!!! I need a professional counter!
Let me just say, this is an awesome feeling. I have had this mental fear within me for the longest time that the RKC Snatch Test was going to be my downfall. Last time I tested myself, I gassed out at 34. Then all the troubles with my forearms sprung up - so I stopped Snatching all together. This is awesome! Now I can relax and start having fun with the bells again. I have definitely put too much pressure on myself in recent weeks.
Having accomplished this today, is great. Particularly, since I haven't been training the Snatch!! They might not be all pretty, but they were regulation. It's amazing how everything else just carries into one another. This is going to be an amazing adventure. RKC lookout!
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