Gear Training

Mini Pentathlon

C. Knight / krider

Sorry for the lack of posts! I’ve been flat-out at my company and my day job since Glasgow, and fitting in competition training around that. There will be a post on the new training plan soon too ๐Ÿ™‚

Last night at the KB Sport class we did a Mini Pentathlon, which is 3 mins of lifts instead of 6, with 4 minutes rest (counting for the other person in a pair, and changeover time). We first did this a few months ago, probably November 2013, and my training buddy and I both increased the weights we used, and kept reps decent so our total lifted was higher ๐Ÿ™‚

For those not in the know, a pentathlon is five disciplines; clean, long cycle press, jerk, half snatch, and finally push press. The lifts are always done in that order. For the long cycle press the overhead portion is just a push upwards with no jerking, and not even any leg force allowed. The half snatch mean that the bell must be racked as it is lowered. And the push press allows leg bumps to raise the bell but the heels cannot leave the ground, so no jerking. (Check out the official page on the WKC site for more details.) So quite different to my normal main lift! I did OK last night at remembering to do the right thing, though I may have long cycled twice at the start of the jerk set ๐Ÿ˜›

In a blatant piece of self promotion, if you want to track your own pentathlon scores, check out the KB Pentathlon app

It was great to see the progress just being consistent and lifting brings. Obviously I’ve been focused on training Long Cycle, yet all the pentathlon lifts had improved ๐Ÿ™‚ And a newer member of the group did his first session with these lifts and recorded some great numbers!

In related news, I’ve treated myself to some new lifting shoes (thanks tax rebate ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and my training buddy is going to have my old pair as her first pair of lifting shoes. It was a little weird giving up a pair of shoes I’ve won a silver and a gold medal in, and the new shoes are very stiff (but very nice) so need breaking in, but onwards and upwards! I’ll do a review of the new ones soon, but for starting out in, the old lifting shoes were excellent and I can’t fault them for their price.


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