After about a 7 day layoff due to a bad cold and the LA rains flooding my garage, I had a spectacularly bad night lifting last night, and I’m trying to figure out if I’m still under the weather from the cold or if a recent change in equipment has messed me up.
The equipment change- the olympic bar (i.e. for olympic lifting, nicely machined) got reclaimed and I was using my regular bar (takes olympic plates, same size and weight, just not a springy shiny oly bar). I was doing some power cleans at my present working weight of 80kg- an easy 5 reps for the pull normally, with the catch being what I’m working on. First set after warmup was the ugliest 4 reps I’ve done since learning the power clean almost a year ago, followed by total failure on the fifth rep, couldn’t get the bar high enough. Somehow the new bar had completely messed up my timing and pull, and I had to cut my weight way back. Does this make sense? Can you lose 10kg off your pull just by switching bars?
After that disaster, I tried some snatch squat presses with a weight I could handle easily 2 weeks ago- after dropping the bar on my neck twice, cutting my weight, then dropping the bar again, I decided it was time to call it a night. I’m figuring my abysmal performance on the snatch squat press was, in part, because I was mentally off following the power cleans, and in part, 'cos of the residual effects of the cold, but the drop in my pull on the power clean is disturbing.
I’m planning on going back to do my 10x3 on the snatch squat press tommorrow morning in hopes of a fresh start producing better results.