– the wise, and probably grumpy (it was 6:30am after all) Alexi Bergeron (aka my coach)
A couple of weeks ago I was getting frustrated with my cleans (which happens pretty frequently as it is a movement I struggle) and during a morning class said something along the lines of
And as any good coach should when their athlete starts down a ‘destructive’ thought pattern, Alexi pretty much shut me up right there and told me that if I wanted to improve I needed to remove the phrase “I should” from my vocabulary (at least in that context…I’m sure he would be OK if I said something along the lines of “I should go to the store and get bacon”).
Yes, there are websites and calculators that allow us to plug in our strength numbers …
deadlifts, squats, strict press, etc, etc
… and using some formula or equation can calculate (roughly) how much weight our bodies can physically handle for the more ‘technical lifts’. There are also those general ‘rules of thumb’ or the ”common knowledge” that we often default to using when we assess our physical abilities:
- “I should be able to clean more than I jerk”
- “My power snatch should be less than my squat snatch”
- “I should be able to do ‘x”…”
The first time I ever picked up a barbell to attempt a clean I was told to ‘pull the bar high and drop under it’ (which I think is a really idiotic way to phrase it) because it encourages lifters to drop quicker than the barbell, create a gap and cause the weight to come crashing down.