This past weekend, I had a great opportunity from a friend Seong Hyun, who’s a CrossFitter from Seoul. He asked me to come with him to try our one rep maxes in Olympic Weightlifting (the Snatch and Clean and Jerk). I really didn’t know what I was getting into, but it turned out to be awesome.
This is Korea’s only National Sport University, and if you look here you can see they generate a good amount of World and Olympic Champions. Those weightlifters trained in this very same gym as me:
We started with the Snatch, and then moved into the Clean and Jerk. I’m relatively new to the Snatch, and in a little less than an hour, this guy taught me a lot. He also taught me I have a lot to work on (flexibility…?). We then did our 1 rep maxes.
I did well, tying my snatch PR (200lbs) and then getting a new PR on my Clean and Jerk at 270 lbs. I believe I have 275 no problem, but because they did it as a competition, I only had a chance at 3 lifts per movement.
This guy, Won Jeong Sik also helped coach my snatch a little bit, he placed 6th in the 69kg category at the World Championships in Paris a few weeks ago. Even though he weighs 40 lbs less than me, he can lift a lot, lot more (182kg in the Clean and Jerk, which is 400lbs – at a bodyweight of 150lbs).
All in all, a great experience. I might be spending more and more weekends in Seoul over the next year.