Strength and the Olympic Lifts[caption id="attachment_3093" align="alignleft" width="300"] This guy is pretty strong.[/caption] Brandon Pearce, who I met at the Maryland Deathfest a few years ago, put this post on my Facebook wall and I think it bears repeating. From Brandon: "I debated on posting this because I hate people that brag about shit that isn't really impressive, but this is a good example of what you and Mark Rippetoe espouse about Olympic lifts and their dependence on being strong in squats and deads.
Last week I hit a PR (315) on power clean. This was done sans straps or a belt. The only reason this is notable is because I had done heavy cleans maybe one other time in the last five months. Guess what I was doing before I hit the PR? 5-3-1. I was coaching freshman football and didn't lift at all from mid August until mid October. I run through two cycles of 5-3-1 just following the program - nothing crazy. The week before I hit the clean I pulled 455x6 conventional, which was a rep PR for me. I don't think there is any mystery as to why I was able to hit a power clean PR without doing cleans if my other lifts were strong. Just wanted to share." I'd also like to point out that Brandon is a HUGE Neurosis fan and seeing him lose his shit during the amazing Neurosis set at MDF was great. Also, I got to see Brandon a few months later in Chicago for the Buried at Sea reunion. You never want to be stuck behind Brandon at a show as he is about 6'5" tall.