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1/2/2015 1:12:10 PM - Richie
Hi Matt,

I know you're taking a break from this lifting nonsense over the holidays to enjoy yourself for a change. That's awesome. Lifting should enhance life; it shouldn't be centered around it.

But when you get the chance and are back, I wanted to ask you about some of the material you sent me -- feedback and a video from USC -- on the hang clean.

I've been practicing it frequently with pretty light weights, just trying to get better at racking it, and, to my surprise, I'm getting pretty decent.

I want a pretty reasonable but respectable goal to shoot for in 2015, weight wise. What are common strength standards you see for football players? Of course I'm not talking monstrous behemoths: just decent accomplishments.

Thanks for all your help, and I hope you're enjoying yourself,

Glad that video helped. I think it's awesome.

As far as goals go, it's hard to say. I don't know what you can do right now. Why not shoot for 200lbs?

I would spend much more time with 95-135lbs and perfect it before worrying about how much you can do. Especially since you're struggling with the catch, still. Work the whole movement with particular attention to the catch. Once you're confident in that you can try to increase weights.

As I start back up next week I'll work at 135 and continue that until I feel good again and then I'll start working up.

Be patient with it. Speed and technique are far more important than weight when you're beginning. even when you're pretty good at it, speed will always trump weight lifted. It's about generating force.

Keep after it.

Matt Rhodes

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