(Lifting) Partners for Life!
So This Happened The Other Morning…
285 Squat Clean
I had the opportunity to take some videos during the power clean and squat clean build up last Friday morning. It was a busy class and despite the fact that it was 5:45 am, the guys were lifting heavy. Cory had just hit a very solid 265 squat clean and decided to give 275 a try. As you can see in the video, he didn’t land a solid squat. I’ve been there, done that too many times to count. When Cory fails to stand up, Brent’s quick thinking saves him from a potential injury.
I was thrilled to catch this on video. Why? Because it not only shows what an amazing and smart coach Brent is but it also shows how well he knows his lifting partner. The slow motion video makes the lift feel like it took forever but, in reality, it was very quick. Brent knew in seconds that he needed to push that bar off of Cory. I thought to myself “would I have known to do that?” You can also see Nick running in from behind. These guys have done enough lifting to know when a partner needs help.
The bar will typically fall forward as you fall backwards in a failed squat clean. Cory just happened to be in a different position. Regardless, it’s smart and good to know when someone needs help. The only lift for which we encourage spotters is the back squat. Most other lifts, you just need to bail. But, as you can see in this photo, there are some exceptions. Now don’t start trying to push your partners bar around every time they struggle with a lift…they might want to find a new lifting partner!
Great job to Cory for hitting a 265 squat clean and great job to Brent for thinking fast and helping Cory out of his 275 attempt. Nick was right there too. Lifting partners for life 🙂
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The O-Board Says…
EMOTM 8 min
1 Power Snatch
2 Overhead Squats