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Geek P.O.D.: Start Position

Bringing back this segment of a Photo of the Day. Let's see how long I can go with this. So to kickstart it again, once that is close to my research and what I believe in. How important is the start position?

A good start position results in a strong first pull off the ground which leads to a power position ideal for force development that then allows for a explosive second pull before a stable receiving position to finish off the lift.

Enough said.


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Stay Strong and Start Strong,

The Training Geek.


Geek P.O.D.: Balance.


In weightlifting, balance is getting the bar within the base of support (i.e. the feet) and holding that position in stability. Related to the last post, another instance of balance in weightlifting comes from the psychological of lifting where there needs to be a balance of just lifting the weight and technique. Too much of one will result in undesired results of failing the lift.

Picture from Warrior Strength Haske.

In training, you need a balance as well. Whether in your program where you need a good amount of the different types of exercises (example can be given here in a previous post) or in your nutrition where you need a good balance of the types of macronutrients (also mentioned in a previous article). Similar in life, you want to have a balance of work, play and relaxation. Know when to work hard, when to have fun and when to let yourself go and chill.

Stay Strong and Keep Balancing,

The Training Geek.

Geek P.O.D.: Just Lift It.


In lieu of my past session at Phoenix, I have learnt that sometimes i just need to think about lifting the weight up and not worry so much about technique. Being too technical is not a good thing.

Picture from Crossfit Wilmington.

Geek P.O.D.: What Training Should Be.


First Photo of the Day in a long long time. So today i post the question: What should training be?

My answer? Making myself better at what I am doing. If your training is not making you better at what you do, then you are wasting your time. Put in 10% and you get 10% results. Put in 120% and you get 120% results.

Geek P.O.D.: Biceps for a Good Choke.

This is inspired by the awe I had when I finished watching UFC 140's main event between Jon "Bones" Jones vs Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida. End result of the fight? The picture tells it all.

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Lyoto Machida was taken out with a standing guillotine choke which Jon Jones applied. But the difference was instead of arm-in and grabbing the opposite arm's bicep, he clasped his palms and pushed it into his chest to make the pressure come from the biceps.

Picture from Yahoo Sports.

Try clasping your palms together and squeezing it into your chest. You will feel your biceps tense up so much more than the regular guillotine choke. So if you want to have a more effective choke, learn to make use of your biceps, both its size and function. And also remember to train them to be able to not burn out while applying these chokes. More tips on that coming up!

Stay Strong and Keep Applying Guillotine Chokes,

The Training Geek.

Geek P.O.D.: Better than This.


Always tell yourself you are better than this. There is so much we all can achieve in whatever we are doing. But we always limit ourselves by telling ourselves that we can't.

Failure will always be part of the things we do. But it is only through failure that we can get success. Even if you fail, always remember that's the reason why we train. To get past those failures and end up with success.

Geek P.O.D.: Start well, Finish well.


A good start position for any movement is critical to making that movement effective and efficient. Look at weightlifting itself. You start in a poor position, 99% of the time you will end up in a poor finishing position.

And like I always say, there's no time to correct a bad start. So start good and finish good!

If you would like more on the start position for the Snatch, here are some interesting reads:

  1. Start Position In Olympic Weightlifting by Marc Chasnov.
  2. Feet and the Start Position by V. Kanyevsky.
  3. The Olympic Lift Start Position by Greg Everett.

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Geek P.O.D.: Keeping Track.


Picture from Crossfit Auckland.

When you train, it is important to keep track of what you do. Whether it is regarding your training or your diary, it gives you an idea of what you are doing as a big picture.

5 Reasons Why You Should Keep Track:

  1. Makes you accountable for your actions (good or bad).
  2. Shows the direction you are heading towards and have good goal-setting.
  3. Easier way to monitor changes to your program/lifestyle.
  4. Allows proper planning of your program to give sipulated rest periods during your program.
  5. Allows you to focus on working on weaknesses and elimate the things that do not work.