Umm...good question. I wouldn't say it's my priority, but that's more a product of not having the ability to get proper coaching than anything else. I've looked -- admittedly, not as hard as I could -- but there doesn't seem to be any coaches in this area (Riverside, CA). If I had the proper coaching -- or even a group of like minded, more knowledgable people, and the proper equipment (bumper plates, etc.) -- I'd probably make it my main focus.
There have been periods where I focus more on the olympic lifts (mostly power variations) but I'm hesitant to spend more time on them without really knowing if I'm using proper form, structuring my workout correctly, etc. I'm going to try and get some videos posted of my lifts and hopefully get some form critique.
I suck at 'um! I mean...really. I do deadhang, but, on a good day, I can only get 7 chins. And it is the one lift that I have never been better at...no matter how much I've weighed, I've never been able to do more than 7. Because of this, I tend to find excuses why not to include them, so I've decided to do them basically everyday in hopes of breaking that habit.
I've never tried weighted chins, which is probably one of my problems. What do you suggest I do as far as set's and rep's -- obviously, I'm not going to be able to bang out more than 1 - 3 per set...
Right now my goal is just to get stronger. My biggest problem has been not sticking to one goal (or program) long enough to see any real gains.
As far as the deads go, volume is an issue -- since it's really the only thing I'm doing that day, I didn't want to do just 3 x 3 or 5 x5 and I do have a difficult time recovering from a 10 x 3 or 5 x 5 from the rack or floor -- speed deads don't really effect my recovery at all, at least as far as I can tell. But more importantly, I have a huge sticking point right at knee level.
I'm not really sure how to address that other than working on speed and directly on the sticking point. I have no idea what I'm lacking that causes this, it seems odd to me; I understand not being able to break the floor, or lock out, but right in the middle? I don't know, maybe lower back?