Your Snatch, Your Ass, and Everything in Between

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Tamara and Nick proselytizing the tao of the lockout

Tamara and Nick proselytizing the tao of the lockout

Your ass makes your snatch better. Your snatch makes the world better. And the world makes you ass better. Or something like that. That was the gist of our weekend at Asheville Strength and Conditioning where I taught with Nick Horton and Tamara Reynolds. Our quest was to Create the Holistic Weightlifter, showing the concept of hylomorphism, or Soul/Body, through the intensity of highly athletic movement. All while nailing down some fundamental weightlifting concepts.

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The studious reader will spot the trends of all my Holistic workshop – no yawning, please – and find the message as blatant as ever…

Intensity, the magic intangible fairy dust where transformation resides, is rampant through our brand of movement. But we ignore it. We ignore the bridge between mind and body, between flesh and spirit, even though it is a prime opportunity for them the have an amazing dialog.

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Neuroscience, that school of wacky, brilliant boys and girls with beautiful grand ideas of figuring out how our solid bits and our ethereal bits can see eye-to-eye (so to speak), is falling short in its current research by zeroing in on intensity through the focus of a relatively passive vehicle. All the work being done in awareness and in the name of ‘mind-body’ seems to involve a body at rest, or near rest. But a flesh packet at war with gravity, the brutal recess of sinew and nervous system both pushing each other’s limits, creates a parade of intensity. Use that ass to snap the hips to get that bar over our heads to change our lives. So why aren’t the lab geeks checking out our snatches?

asheville 15Let’s not wait for them. Instead we’ll discover the relationship ourselves. And that was the beginning of the work we did over the weekend in Asheville. Deciding to embrace positive change in our lives, and be ambassadors of movement and strength for the sake of our tribes. All while digging in deep to technique, and some foundational program design for the newly curious weightlifter. Did I mention the hip snap? Ass!

The take home message: both physical and metaphysical strength are the result of and the cause of anything we care to make the connection with. If we can embrace that dialog between body and spirit, then strength infects everything we do, and is also the outcome of our journeys. From previous workshops I used a graphic like this…

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Now let’s leave the top blank. Fill it in yourself.

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maggie 6There is no – none, zelch, goose egg, absolute zero, Capone’s vault – good reason why we shouldn’t pursue strength.

That was this weekend. Learning to use our ass on the Snatch and changing the world with a good jerk. How, pray tell, can that be wrong?

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