Our original plan for today was to take some throws, then get a nice lifting session in. Unfortunately, the weather turned for the worse, so we spent more time in the weightroom. After Taylor was warmed up with the Snatch, we started getting a little more cautious with the weight selection of her working sets. Taylor worked up to to 130#. Her demeanor changed after hitting the lift. Unfortunately, we had a couple of missed lifts in a row. Our conversation went a little bit like this:
Taylor: I'm afraid to have a lot of weight overhead
Me: You are strong enough to easily lift this weight
Taylor: I don't feel comfortable
Me: Ok, let's try some overhead squats out of the cage to get you feeling more comfortable with the heavy weights
Taylor: Sure, let's try it
Me: (25 minutes later) You just OHS 225lbs. with ease!
Taylor: Thanks coach.
Sometimes athletes need a bit of a paradigm shift to help them reach their goals.
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Dr. Infurna is an active powerlifter and thrower. He has recently shifted his focus to training for Triathlon races. His next race is the Rochester Sprint Triathlon at the end of August, 2019.