PR Awesome Sauce by Coach Kelly
I was so proud of the PR in that video, as demonstrated by my amazing PR dance! That was the first Olympic lifting seminar I attended. I’ve been continually learning and I can now snatch about 60# more than that! But… it’s been 6 years.
Have you added 10# to your snatch in the last year? Why not? Maybe it’s not a focus for you. If you’re not actively trying to get better at the snatch (or insert other skill here) you’re probably not really getting better. I didn’t just pick up the bar when snatches were programmed and hit these PRs. There was a lot of hard work, determination, consistency and practice between then and now.
My advice for being able to improve yourself, whether it be an Olympic lift, a gymnastic skill or other cool movement is the following:
- Make a plan and stick to it. The best way to do this is to set a realistic, specific, measurable goal with a timeframe. Need help? Ask me!
- Be consistent. Practice, practice, practice! I cannot say this enough. I have spent literally hundreds of hours on this one lift alone and I can still improve! The key here is not spending huge chunks of time infrequently but to spend small amounts of time several times a week, if not daily.
- Celebrate the small successes. My goal for a long time was a bodyweight snatch. You can probably guess 85.5# was a long ways from that but I still celebrated this PR! Why? It can seem so far away to think about snatching bodyweight, so it’s important to pat yourself on the back for a job well-done so you don’t feel discouraged and give up. A snowball starts small but builds up size and momentum as it rolls downhill. Your PRs will do the same!
- Ask for help! I’ve asked most of the coaches here, especially Chad, to watch my form, give me feedback, and to coach me. Spend a few minutes with us before/after class – it’s what we’re here for! If you need some real one-on-one time, we can set that up too. Continually learning makes you a better athlete.
- Have fun! If you’re not having fun lifting, then what’s the point? Seriously, though, lifting is SO much fun! If you’re not enjoying it, chances are you’re doing it wrong and we want to help.
Hope these help you on your way to new, audacious PRs!