I decided that after a couple years of lifting that I would get into Olympic Lifting.
I had been working pretty hard at my snatch technique, but after doing this alone, I knew I needed help.
Although Christian Thibaudeau articles have been very helpful, I knew it was time to try to find a trainer or coach.
I tried contacting a few local training centers: http://www.northeastsportstraining.com
Although both were almost 50miles away, I still contacted them.....but neither of them returned my email.
After looking around the internet, I found the same organization that Shane Hammon competes in.....the Powerlifter turned Olympic Lifter.
So, I found a coach!
Denis Reno is a 67+ year old Olympic Weightlifting Coach that has been training Olympic hopefuls over his (estimating) 50years involved the sport.
He even has a newletter that been in publication since 1969...and he sents about 7-10 issues out each year. About 1000 sent out for each publication....it's great. He loses money on the publication, but he does it because he LOVES the sport.
So, I met with him and one of his "students"...a 50+ year old Oly lifter with records in a few age/weight categories over the past few decades. (he started Oly-competing in ~70s)
We met at Don's construction shop/garage...where I received a one-on-one session for two hours. Don would get in-between sets training, as he has an upcoming competition in Feb.
Damn I am sore, but I am so frickin psyched!
What did I learn? I am a noob...I don't even know what I don't know. But the coach liked that...he said it appears I am "coachable"....He liked that I didn't ask "what am I doing wrong?"....just repeat, critique for improvement, and repeat.
take-aways from today:
- hand positioning
- ass-out, "duck-ass"
- slip, or "sneak" under
- it's all legs
I think I did fairly well...it'll just take allot of practice!
I may not get to the Olympics, but I have already learned more in one day than months in the gym alone!