My friend Coach Dos (shout out to Dos being in at least 2 straight blog posts), summarized facebook to me last year.
If you are friends with fitness people, your newsfeed is a mix of 4 things:
- Descriptions of what people eat.
- Descriptions of workouts people just “crushed”
- Catchy quotes
Just to lend my support, all of this is true. Bacon definitely fills my newsfeed, and hopefully fills my belly on most days.
The attention of this blog is not on food, but today it is on one of those facebook categories: catchy quotes.
One catchy phrase that I see a lot is “don’t train hard, train smart” or some iteration of those words.
First off, I agree. Training smart is what we should strive towards, training dumb means you are a weekend cert, workout magazine trainer.
It makes me sick to hear about the awesome (their words) workouts of some athletes that involve an hour of plyos, prowler sprints for days, or cleans “to failure.” All of that stuff is hard, absolutely, and it certainly isn’t smart.
Training should be hard too.
Hard training shouldn’t be without intelligence, and smart training shouldn’t be done without difficulty.
If we are training for sports, it is a good thing to train harder than the sport we will encounter. If we are training for weightlifting, hitting a heavy double, 5k under your PR, should make you mentally know that you are ready for the platform.
The gym is our lab, to develop our capacities under smart guidelines.
I like to train hard. It’s fun to sweat, be out of breath, and know that you are going to be a little sore. I like to work out hard, towards a goal, with my specific needs and current limitations in mind.
Complexes are a hard piece of training. Using our knowledge of what our limitations are, and my specific goals, a perfectly hard and smart complex can be put together to push me to the brink, but not be stupid.
In the spirit of smart AND hard training, here are some complexes that are smart to do if you want to improve your snatch, and hard to do if you are a human being.
Dos Inspired Snatch Complex
This complex is straight forward. The movements that combine to make this complex work on a stable and strong overhead position.
Recently some of my athletes have been missing the catch in the snatch, through no fault of their 1st or 2nd pull. They have been missing the catch because they are not “familiar” with the overhead position.
This complex is a perfect one to groove the overhead position into second nature.
This complex is about the 3rd pull and moving under the bar. Moving under the bar, and strong position overhead again is a focus right now in the gym. Not an easy snatch complex to complete, but a smart one to try if you need some work on the catch.
Like the Circle of Life.
Both of these snatch complexes were hard. You can see it in my body language after the Dos complex. Bent over and exhausted, there is no doubt that these complexes are hard.
Neither was a movement that was outside of my realm of possibilities, and I did neither of these movements for more than 3 sets. These sets of movements were done with a specific goal in mind. They were used in a smart manner to achieve a specific goal.
Smart AND hard, the only way to train.