EDIT: Summary of my Lifting Videos:
- See video #2 here
- Crossfit Women Lifting at the same competition
- Training at Crossfit Manchester
- BWLA Yorkshire and NE Counties Open Competition
- 2009 BWLA British Masters
The first video is ready of the Olympic Weightlifting competition at West Wythenshawe I went to today. It wasn’t really a competition, but was done under competition conditions. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Bill and Sid from the British Weight Lifting Association were officiating there, which was very nice of them.
My elbow is still not quite 100% and I’m still building up to pre 2008 levels, but it held up well. Certainly I can feel that it’s been used today but it’s not too sore, which is good.
Several things about these lifts. Firstly I am quite pleased that I made all the lifts. I hadn’t even attempted a 55kg snatch this year and also failed to make the 80kg Clean & Jerk only this week.
The snatches looked good. Trying to criticising myself, I think my form was pretty good, though I still haven’t quite got the thigh bounce right.
The Clean and Jerks are clearly a different matter. The cleans were ok, again the thigh bounce needs work. But the Jerks were a bit ropey. The main problem I think is in the dip, I’m dipping too low and I’m pushing my bum back which is launching the bar forward in the air. This in turn forces me to jump forward which means I’m off balance at the top, as can be clearly seen!
It just comes down to practice. Having not done any Olympic lifting for all of 2008 before 3 weeks ago, I am simply a bit rusty. Still the purpose of today was to get experience of lifting in a competition setting, which was well worth it just for that. And of course, it was fun!