Snatch, Clean & Jerk Progress (video) and Nutrition.


It has been a year or so since my last blog post.  I won’t bore you with the details of my whereabouts in this post as I just want to get down to business.

Mine looks like the one in the middle!

I have been playing with Olympic Weight Lifting for the better part of the last year.  Well, more like playing with it on and off as I wasn’t able to recover fast enough to stay consistent due to a past injury.  I suffered an injury to my tail bone back in University while playing basketball  for the Windsor Lancers, which I thought had healed after five days of not being able to walk.  Since I wasn’t experiencing any pain I figured I was good to go but what I didn’t know was ten years later my tailbone would act up leaving me crippled and in agony.

I am currently in treatment from an Osteopath and have been for the last few months which has helped immensely.  Through all my treatments and homework full of daily kegel exercises my lower back (L4) is on the mend.  I am still a ways away from feeling 100% and my right knee (another past injury from High School football/pick up basketball) has a meniscus slightly out of place which is causing me some discomfort.  My Osteopath is now splitting time between the two injuries and hopefully I will be as good as new very soon.  In the mean time, I have carefully progressed from the Hang Snatch and Hang Clean & Jerk to Hang Snatches with a slow controlled squat to where I am now in this video.  I know the loads I am lifting are very small but I need to keep my head in check and just work the technique.  Which, for those who are skilled in weight lifting can see, I have a lot of work to do.

Tuesday’s Workout

8 sets of Snatch

8 sets  of Clean & Jerk

5 Sets of Back Squat

I have a few conflicting goals at the moment which I will get into in more detail in future blog entries.  If my tailbone and meniscus along with learning something relatively new to me wasn’t a challenge enough my nutrition will also be a challenge.   My nutrition program won’t be matching what a typical weight lifting program requires to reap maximal benefits as I will be in a bit of a calorie deficit.  This is a great time to continue to work on my technique and grease the groove so to speak while my body actively heals.


4am– Lemon & cayenne water upon waking
Algae Oil, Probiotic, chlorella and Spirulina

6am– Smoothie
Full fat coconut milk, water, Sunwarrior Warrior Blend protein,
spinach, banana, blueberries, ground flax seed, goji berries,
maca. Digestive enzyme.

10am– Post Workout Shake
Sunwarrior Brown Rice protein, Medjool dates, goji berries, carob,

11am– Buckwheat Cereal
Sprouted buckwheat, hemp seed, cinnamon, sliced strawberries
Digestive enzyme.

3pm– Snack
Zucchini hummus, hemp seed, broccoli, carrots, celery

6pm– Salad
Spinach, avocado, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, cherry tomatoes, olive oil & lemon
dressing. Digestive enzyme.

9pm-Before Bed
Algae oil, Zinc and Magnesium

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