Saturday, November 26, 2011
Testing Day....again! 16kg, 14kg, 12kg snatches...3 minute sets
What I love about my Saturday training is that, along with my training partner Meg, I get to do what ever I want to do without limits, and with little explanation! Meg has been my training partner for over 3 years and I'm lucky that she is familiar with how I program my workouts, therefore she just lets me tell her what to do!
Inspired by a facebook post by Joe Sarti, a couple of weeks ago, where he posted the results of a quick 3 minute 16kg snatch test (100 reps), I myself decided to join in on the fun....with the 12kg of course. To be honest I didn't think that 100 reps in 3 min w/16kg for a man of his strength was all that impressive.....I stand corrected! As I tested the 3 minutes, "all out", myself with the 12kg and experiencing for myself how fast that bell has to move....I was humbled! 100 snatch reps in 3 minutes is lightening fast! (as you will see in the last video)
Every 6-8 weeks, or so, I do the RKC snatch test, which is for me means using the 16kg. The requirements are 100 snatch reps in 5 minutes. I've been able to shave down the completion time to just about over 4 minutes time. I know a lot of women capable of much better, but this is not a competition with other women, this is about maintaining my own training strength and endurance as I approach my 50's.....
Today I started my own workout with three 3 minute snatch tests, "all out"...in other words "for reps". We used the 16kg for the first one, the 14kg for the second and the 12kg for the third. All sets had an equal amount of time to rest....3 minute rest period. In 15 minutes I completed 82/ 16kg snatches, 85 /14kg snatches and 102 /12kg snatches. Here are the videos of all three.
I did not find much difference between the 16kg and the 14kg....to be honest it was disappointing. But that being said, there seems to be, for me, a world of difference between the 12kg and 14kg, but not that much between the 14kg and the 16kg! In the first video with the 16kg I miscalculated my remaining time and by the time I got the the last 6 or 7 reps, having realized my mistake, I'm confident I could have paced another 2-3 reps total. As I switched to the 14kg, I have to admit, I was blown away at how NOT easier it was! My pace was barely faster....but the 12kg! Now you know how fast that bell has to move....without cutting the snatch short I don't see how you could do it much faster that maybe 105 reps in 3 minutes. If you can? Then post your video! (16kg for a male)
Enjoy the rest of your Holiday weekend....and don't buy too much. Be grateful for what we all have already! Life is great!