While I was there for David’s PR last night, I had only seen its finish, as I was just turning away from watching another of the 3,000 lifts that were going on at the same time. I noticed that Josh had taken video of the lift, and I asked David to send it to me as soon as he got it. David’s email containing the footage was prefaced by something about “dogshit bar path”, and as soon as I opened and watched I knew what he meant. I knew there was only one person who would be right to break down, critique, and help fix the issues in David’s PR lift. I immediately shot an email off to Spencer Arnold asking him to put the footage in Coach’s Eye, and do the cool commentary thing over the stop frame breakdown. Spencer is the coach who has shot many of our demo videos, has helped me work with many of our Games athletes, and once described my Snatch style as “mummy arms”.
Here’s what Spencer sent me back:
Today Jay Rhodes PR’d his Back Squat. Jay Rhodes weighs 170#. Today he squatted 475#. This was a 35# PR and 35# from TRIPLE bodyweight.
Despite the fact that we haven’t heard from him in a while, Kevin Simons has been training like a dude who isn’t just “excited to go to the Games” (the phrase used by all passive-aggressive Games competitors which really means… I don’t think I can win). When I think of Kevin’s training, I always like to imagine he is lifting bears and doing muscle-ups on tree branches. You know, cause everyone in the Pacific NW is a lumberjack/bear hunter.
This is honestly a jaw-dropping lift to me. Kevin Simons, THREE-HUNDRED-POUND Push Press:
Finally, as if this post didn’t have enough ridiculousness, David Cornthwaite has become a very good lifter. David was already a good lifter, but in the last few weeks he has PR’d almost every day—that’s not hyperbole. On Saturday David sent me videos, in succession, which contained a 300# Jerk to match his PR, a 315# Jerk to set a new PR, and a 345# Jerk to make a new PR by FOURTY FIVE POUNDS. He also has a little message at the end for BP, who had just hit 340#.
DC , 345# Jerk:
Notes: This combination of these two movements is meant to be performed in succession. In other words, at the finish of the 3-Stop Snatch Pull the athlete should be set in a stalled Hi-Hang position. Without any re-bending or other momentum, the athlete should immediately perform a Hi-Hang Snatch. It is noteworthy that this version of the Hi-Hang Snatch should should be performed with hip and knee extension.
Yes, this is a team workout. If you do not have anyone to be on a team with (you are pathetic), you may complete it individually performing half the reps.
*In teams of two complete:
100 KBS 24/16kg
10 Snatches (any style) 185/120#
100 Partner Wall Balls 20/14#
Notes: All reps may be apportioned in any way between the teammates, but only one teammate may be working at a time (example: if one teammate wants to perform all 100 Burpees they may). The only exception is the Partner Wall Balls. Partner Wall Balls must be performed by teammates alternating Wall Ball shots. This means one teammate performs a Wall Ball shot, while the ball is in the air the other teammate steps in, catches it, and performs another Wall Ball shot. All reps must be performed alternating.