Wednesday, August 26, 2009

2009/08/26 - Jerks

I did exactly the same volume of jerk work today as on Monday but following a different format. My session looked like this:

Warm up: Swings / squats

24kg OAJ: 4 sets of 20 (10L/10R): 80

16kg OA Overhead squats: 5 / 5

Some deep body weight squats

I realized something interesting today. When I first started using the GS lifting methods as opposed to the hard style methods I was WAY too relaxed. Trying to follow someone doing GS lifts on Youtube is not necessarily a great idea. In my case I was trying to mimic their apparently relaxed style resulting in not only a loss of strength but a pretty inefficient lifting technique on my part. Today's jerk sets drilled this point home nicely. My movements were snappy and explosive when necessary and relaxed when not. Now I understand viscerally why GS can make you strong - it is far more explosive than it seems so don't be fooled by how flowing the lifts can look at times.


Howie Brewer said...

Amen to that! It can be very deceiving when you watch someone who is talented on YouTube. I used to have to rationalize with myself, "but that person is snatching a 32kg bell, it doesn't look difficult, are they getting the same workout as a hard-styler?". And you have to remind yourself, 32kg is 32kg!

hunashaman said...

Absolutely! It reminds me of some of the stuff I've learned in the more martial aspects of Tai Chi as well as in Russian Martial Arts. The Tai Chi people talk about "sung" which us Westerners normally translate as "relaxation." It is however a kind of alive, aware and focused relaxation. I guess you cannot knock an opponent out by gently touching their nose. This Russian stuff is seriously wonder Vadim always seems so chilled.