Workout: Hang Power Snatch: 1-1-1-1-1-1-1

Accessory: Accumulate 3:00 Bar Hang

Imagine the following scene: It’s back squat day. The goal is to go heavy. Things are feeling great as you cruise through your warm-up reps and start getting into your working sets. You’re hitting depth, you’re staying tight, your form is solid. And then you load 95% on the bar and it all goes to shit. Maybe you don’t realize it, but your coach sure does. You rerack the bar, and coach tells you to drop weight on the next set. But why? Because you barely hit parallel, your knees and chest caved, etc.

It’s so easy to get swept up in the PR-driven thought process of “How much weight can I get on the bar?” that we are often willing to sacrifice good form and mechanics in favor of putting as much weight on the bar as we can. And sure, sometimes PR’s can get a little ugly because they’re maximal effort, but in a perfect world, your form on a 95# back squat should be identical to your form on a 300# back squat if you’ve put enough time and energy into training your movement mechanics. Now, by no means are we trying to imply that you should NEVER go heavy on your lifts or attempt a new PR. What we ARE trying to say is that you should only go as heavy as you can maintain proper form and mechanics. So when your coach tells you they think it’s time to drop back down in weight on a lift, remember that just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you SHOULD.


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