DAY 3 WITH PIERRE

I AM NOW FINISHED 3 DAYS OF TRAINING UNDER PIERRE, THAT IS ABOUT 24 HOURS OF LIFTING. NO SUPPLEMENTARY MOVEMENTS, JUST FRONT SQUAT, SNATCH AND CLEAN AND JERK. OH, AND SOME TIME ON THE BLOCKS TO PRACTICE MY SNATCH.

Got a PR on my front squat today of 158 lbs, which I am pleased with. Mostly I am happy because even at that weight I kept my elbows up. I have learned just how important it is on the front squat to shift the hips forward to get under the bar. I mean really forward. My PR came at the end of the third training session of the day. Go figure - a PR after 7 hours of training.

I am starting to get more and more comfortable with the lifts. One of Pierre's most effective coaching techniques are the simple cues that he gives. Here is an example for the snatch: "slingshot the bar once it gets to your knees." You will see in these videos that the kids really do use their bodies as a 'slingshot' to hurl the bar behind them.

I have included a couple videos of some of Pierre's athletes. Nico just turned 18. His snatch PR is 85 kg (187 lbs)and he weighs 67 kg (147lbs). He and Pierre have their eyes on Junior Worlds.

Nancy just turned 17 years old. She is also looking to Worlds. Her 1RM in the snatch is 55 kg (121 lbs).