|LG, Gwen Sisto, Frederik, Annie Thorisdottir, Eric, Bo the dog|
Anyhow, it is always great to see someone you trained with, even after several months. Of course, Annie looked ripped as ever and in great shape. She seemed to put on more muscle mass in her legs since our last meeting, in January, and maintained Ivan's Technical adjustments such as squatting more upright and pulling with the bar closer.
As it was my off day, I got to hang out and play photographer while Ivan, Annie, and Frederik (Annie Thorisdittir's boyfriend) moved some weights.
Now, if you are a high level athlete or aspiring to be one, you may be wondering what type of work out you would do with Ivan --especially, if you were in town just for the day.
|Coach Ivan Rojas smiling while Annie shows technical perfection|
...Allright, I'll tell you:
Ivan started by analyzing Annie and Frederik's technique. Ivan measured the speed of the bar as well as the path of the bar. Specifically, Ivan first did tests with the full snatch, followed by the clean and jerk. Afterwards, Ivan also measured the speed of the jerk from the high blocks.
In between, we worked on specific technical aspects. For example, we did very nuanced work on Annie's pull.
Here is a short video showing an example of technical feedback and coaching. Notice the interaction between coach and athlete. It's all about improving yourself:
For the record, according to Ivan's tests, Annie has very efficient technique -- even for a weightlifter.
What can you learn from Annie?
|Frederik doing technical work|
Finally, notice that Frederik and Annie are doing very light weights in these photos. This is a sign of not letting one's ego get in the way of improving. To do technical analysis, one must use light weights. ( they actually did go a bit heavier).