Skipped Judo Wed night, like a pussy.
Was strategic; my wife was feeling a little put-upon / left-out or something, so I stayed home & socialized. Was actually a very pleasant evening; though I felt acutely the missed progress toward my goals. And I'm likely going to miss Saturday as well, family thing. Still a sound decision.
Deadlft — 270# for 3x3 + 2x2
Band-Assisted Pull-up — for 3x3
Clean High Pull — 85# for 5x6
Push-up — for 3x10
Leg Ext — 2@20# for 3x12
On the deadlift, I was supposed to do 5x3 at this weight. But last two sets I couldn't manage 3, gave up after 2 reps.
I read this article:
And got persuaded to switch from Power Cleans to Clean High Pulls. It makes sense. All my issues with the Clean are related to the catch; I can move more weight than I can catch correctly in half- or quarter-squat position. I've probably spent roughly a year, off and on, trying to clean up my catch position. But — why? I'm not prepping for the C&J. Not entering the Olympics. If I just want to train the explosiveness, why spend weeks & months ironing out the highly technical portion of the lift, when it does NOT relate to the explosiveness?
My decision was affirmed when I another article:
"How to Get Absolutely Jacked with the Power Clean". Toward the bottom there's an FAQ, and one of them is:
What if I can’t catch the bar?
First [try this]. Direct joint pain or no way in hell you’ll ever get there? The high pull is a great substitute.
Even this "do power cleans" coach is like, oh yeah high pulls are fine. Well fuck it. I've got plenty of other chances to fuck up my shoulders, between bench pressing and BTN pressing, and judo and karate. No need to be dogmatic about power cleans. Clean High Pull, here we come.
So today was my first attempt at CHP, using the scheduled "next weight" for power cleans. First set was rocky with form: I had some catch-the-bar muscle memory to overcome. Last few sets were fine. I treated it like a kettlebell swing, where I like to get the bell up to face height. Re-reading the articles, seems like anything above the nips is considered "high". I'll play around with this a little, see where I like to target it as the weights get heavier.
Super-setted the CHP's with good ol' push-ups. I'm better at them today than I was last year.
On the downstairs leg-extension machine, the legs move so completely independently, that I think it makes more sense to denote the weight the same way I would record having a dumbbell in each hand. So Tuesday's workout, that I wrote down as "50# for 3x10", now I would write that as "2@25# for 3x10". Today I backed off a little. It's weird: those sets start so easy, and finish so tough. I have high hopes for this exercise, to help out with the mild "tendonitis-y" feeling I get at my quad insertions when I bend my knees in martial arts, to dip for a hip throw attempt or hold a fugol stance.
“War is the remedy our enemies have chosen. Other simple remedies were within their choice. You know it and they know it, but they wanted war, and I say let us give them all they want.”
― William Tecumseh Sherman