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Ease Up On Pulling The Day Before Heavy/Controlled Training
By Donny Shankle

Your weekly standard should include a heavy or controlled training session towards the end of the week. Refer back to chapter 7 for an explanation between the two. These training days are planned within the week to keep your mind and body in shape for competing. Weightlifting is not a hobby. Though it can be used as an excellent form of recreational exercise, it is a competitive sport. There is no mastering two things when you are trying to be great at one. Only one will become your endeavor. Those at the top of anything which require countless hours of repetition to become better know this. CEO’s, professional athletes, skilled tradesmen all know this. Heavy and controlled training sessions keep you sharp and ready to perform with the intent to compete always at the forefront of your mind. At the end of the day, you are a performer and your training should never lose sight of this. Use variations on the Snatch and Jerk especially the day before heavy/controlled training to get you moving fast. Combinations which remove the Clean are also an excellent choice on this day. The lifts can be done too but keep them light so you can concentrate on speed and footwork. There should be no heavy pulling on this day. Train diligently.