I want to ask you guys something - what kind of relative strength do you have? HG are usually broken down into a few weight classes isn’t it? I’m curious what your weight and what your max lifts are in the big ones - squat, DL, cleans, snatch… anything with competition carry-over.
I can’t wait to start competing but I want some strength goals to shoot for before I focus on the competition. In the meantime, I’m starting a kinesiology degree in the fall at a school with great facilities so I will be able to begin training technique and really pushing my explosive training as well.
Thanks for any input!
I think the biggest thing to consider when talking about heavy athletics is the weight you will be throwing are heavy and awkward to most people. They do have weight classes to some degree but in reality there will be classes based on level of skill more often than classes based on weight of competitors.
Some places have a 190lbs and under class but those guys have a lot of experience and probably can hang with most larger guys.
That being said, I myself go between 280 and 290 most of the time. I never really go much heavier than 315lbs on clean but I can manage it pretty easily for 4 or 5 reps on training days.
That is to say that to be explosive enough to compete in HG you need to be able to comfortably handle your body weight in the clean. For some that may seem like an oversimplification, but in reality if you can’t move your own weight how will you ever be able to generate enough force to move the impelements?
I would make that one of my strength goals for sure. I would also work a lot of grip strength because have to hold on to heavy things. As you mentioned there is no substitute for good solid plyometrics and running to get an explosive base started.