Snatch pulls and clean pulls feel okay, but my cleans are clumsy. I think I’ve gotten stronger, though, because a 55kg clean feels like easysauce at least when it comes to the weight of it, but it’s just not good enough to muscle things around like a klutz.
Other problem: I moved away from my old gym. This gym had great coaching and wonderful people. I’m now where I need to be for school, but coaching isn’t easy to come by.
Word on the street is that if I show up at gym A and do something impressive, the coach may take me under his wing and train me there for free. Otherwise, it’s $250/month at a time in my life where I’m barely making rent. The coaching there is great, but the facilities aren’t - the guy’s running his gym out of a shoebox, but at least it’s a good shoebox.
Gym B is staffed by a kind of creepy dude who the rest of the community isn’t terribly fond of. It’s also expensive, and far, and just all in all really not a viable option.
Gym C seems to consistently produce amazing lifters but is, again, incredibly far and probably expensive. I say ‘probably’ because they seem pretty insular and I have no idea how I would even get in with them.
My old gym is still an option, but making it down there in time for coaching isn’t really possible when I’ve got class and doing odd jobs to worry about. Eating and having a place to sleep are pretty high on the priority list right now, along with getting good grades. I’m also incredibly nervous about showing up and being bad, which is stupid, because of course I’m going to be bad. I guess that’s really the main thing here. Everything else could conceivably be rearranged in order to make getting to training work.
I miss that gym, though. I miss the people. The downtown folks here are great, and the facilities are pretty good — most of the time I’ve got access to a clear platform and enough equipment to shake a Shakeweight at. But none of that’s really worth shit if I’m just half-assedly trying to teach myself to do somethingI really don’t have any idea how to do… and it especially blows to be doing it on my own.
Either way, time to suck it up and try some snatches. I mean, I’ve probably lost a lot of progress, and progress was already pretty slow, but if you like something enough you don’t care how long it takes, right?
Looks like I’ll just have to make it my goal to become very, very impressive. Once I can feel my legs.