Most of the Team trained in the morning with the exception of Sarah Robles and Shane Maier. Sarah usually only trains once in the evening on Tuesday and saves the morning for therapy. Shane only trains once a day and they did not want to push him to train more often given that he is only here for one week. So in the morning we saw Natalie Burgener, Rizelyx Rivera, Holley Mangold, Jessica Gallagher, Megan Poole, Donny Shankle, Jarred Fleming, Pat Judge, Donovan Ford, and Jackie Berube later in the morning.
Donny snatched up to only around 100-110 but performed the snatches without moving his feet and no hook grip. Jarred did some squats and Pwr Snatches with light weights both guys are gearing up for the controlled competition on Friday afternoon. It should be a good one. Jarred told Donny he is going to beat him at the Worlds. Big Pat Judge hit some Pwr snatches up to around 115 kilos. He is still coming back from his mild heart condition and his timing is still a little off but he is strong as hell and once he gets that back he should be hitting some monster weights. Donovan Ford continued to do assistance work today. He has become the master of every possible pressing movement that I have ever seen this kid should never miss another jerk due to shoulder or position strength. As Donovan heals he will be allowed to do more lifts but right now they are taking it slow with him.
Holley looked good as she Pwr Snatched up to 90 kilos followed by one overhead squat. Most of the athletes had to overhead squat their last rep of their Pwr Snatches except Natalie. Jessica worked up to I believe around 65-70 kilos in the Pwr Sn. Rizelyx worked up 73 very easy for four singles. Natalie stole the show working up to 85 kilo Pwr Sn and then went to Snatches from Above the Knee off of Blocks. She hit an easy 90, 95, & 100 kilos! Each one looked very solid the 100 kilo lift was the first time she has hit that weight since before the Beijing Olympics and first off the blocks. I have always said this about Natalie she has the best technique of any US lifter in the Snatch period. When I make my training video on how to Snatch it will be filled with Natalie Burgener. She then worked up to 120 kilo front squat for a single that was another more recent lift since her surgery.
On to the Power Clean & Push Jerk. Holley worked up to 110 kilos and looked very solid. Holley has come along way technically since I saw her just a couple of years ago. She is taking full advantage of her opportunity here at the Training Center. Rizelyx looked amazing as she nailed 90 kilo Pwr Clean & Push Jerks. National Coach Zygmunt Smalcerz joked and said this girl should be cleaning and jerking 120-125 kilos. I agreed that she looks fantastic and has a lot more in her. Jessica did not Pwr Clean but performed Snatch Pulls instead. Megan Poole performed mostly assistance exercise. I did notice her Snatch Push Pressing 85 kilos for several doubles followed by and overhead squat. She is the youngest athlete in the gym and sometimes that can be intimidating. She has a great personality and she has a big upside.
The Afternoon saw Sarah Robles, Shane Maier, and Casey Burgener train. The game plan for Sarah was to Pwr Snatch Above the Knee off of blocks. She worked up to 95 kilos for three easy singles. Then she went to Pwr Clean & Push Jerk also from Above the Knee off the blocks. She worked up to 115 for three singles and one single at 120. All looked easy and effortless. The travel soreness is out and she is eating good and lifting good. She will be ready for some big lifts later in the week. Shane Maier is a great guy and once he has more training experience under his belt he is going to lift even bigger weights than he is already lifting now. He worked up to 130 kilos in the Pwr Snatch for several singles. Shane is working on his start position. With a little more time dedicated to flexibility and position work to get his upper back set he will snatching 175! He then progressed to some Snatch Pulls up to 170 for triples and that was it. Casey worked up to some light Clean & Jerks with 130 for a few sets and then some heavier Back Squats. He finished off the workout with medium heavy Snatch Grip RDLs. Casey has a great demeanor about him and would be a fantastic coach when his career is done. He has seen a lot, done a lot, and could offer a lot to anyone wanting to learn the Lifts.
That’s all for today I will post in a separate update my personal conversations with Coach Smalcerz.