Well to be honest he had ample strength to snatch 280, clean 370 and jerk 350 (which he is doing at the moment). He has good body control and is very detail-oriented. He just needed to be stirred in the right direction technique-wise. And honestly the technique changes we made were minor but made a huge difference.
His jerk went from 315 x 1 to 350 x 1 in one week, just from correcting 2 details (he had been stuck at 315 for a year). His clean went from 350 to 370 without even training the clean heavy for 12 weeks, mostly from working on his front squat form.
He was always a strong puller, could deadlift in the high 500s before he started doing crossfit.
He now needs to get his squatting strength up for next year as it is his limiting factor. He cleans 370 with a 375 front squat and a 455 back squat. The goal for next January will be a 500lbs back squat and 425lbs front squat with perfect, smooth form. That should give him a 400-405lbs clean, which is the goal. Jerk I would be happy with 375-380 by February and hopefully 400 by may/june.
He had nagging patellar tendonitis that prevented him from squatting heavy, so we changed his form. He now squats with zero pain so we will be able to push his squat up next season.
He is a true training mind and would make an amazing coach if he were not such a great athlete!!!
He his a hard worker but also has good genetics... his brother is 17 and can snatch 225 and clean & jerk 285 with hardly a muscle on his body!!!
But his strongest asset is his mind. The guy is Cool Hands Luke... never saw him stressed out or get emotional. He is a robot. He doesn't fear or feel pain. The only small worry I have about the Games is getting him used to performing in the heat.