Category Archives: Motivation

Measuring performance without focusing on the weight

It’s very easy to become completely consumed by how much weight is on the bar. Even me, although I’m not an ‘ego-lifter’, I still care about the amount of weight I am lifting. Although I don’t compare the weights I lift with the weights other people lift, I do compare the weight I am lifting to what I was lifting before. My big focus is actually what I am lifting now compared to what was I lifting last week, last month, last year… etc.

The problem is, lifting isn’t as simple as this! You can’t just go up and up in weight for every exercise, every workout, every single time. Here I provide some other strategies you can use to measure your performance and have peace of mind that you are improving, even if the weight isn’t necessarily going up. Continue reading

The ARSE acronym

How to get better at Olympic weightlifting…

Accept the problem. “Yes body, we have a problem.”

Review how and why it is happening. “The video does not lie.”

Strategise to solve the problem. “Technique, technique, technique.”

Execute the corrective action. “The drills stay the same, we get better at them.”

Tip: Do you have a PR board?

Tracking the amount of weight you lift is an important way to monitor your progress over time. One way you can do this is to have a big whiteboard in your home-gym. If you don’t have the luxury of a home-gym, you could have a notebook instead.

On your whiteboard, you want to be writing in erasable marker pens. In your notebook, you want to be writing in pencil.

At the top of the board, have 3 columns titled the most common rep ranges you train. My columns say: 1RM, 3RM, 5RM.

Down the left hand side, have a long list of as many of the exercises you do as you can. My rows say: Back Squat, Front Squat, Clean, Snatch, Jerk, Clean & Jerk, Snatch High Pull, Clean High Pull, Snatch Balance, Power Jerk, Press, Hang Clean, Hang Snatch……….. and so on. I fill the board with as many exercises as can fit (I actually have three whiteboards in my home-gym!). Continue reading

How a busy day can ruin your workout

Lots of people lead very busy lives. Even if you’re really dedicated to your gym regime, life outside the gym (family, work, extra-curricular activities, chores) can sometimes get in the way. A busy day can affect the workout in a number of ways. Here are two big reasons why and suggestions on how you can try to maintain good workouts even when life is busy. Continue reading