Squat fail from junior nationals 162.5kg, I was extremely disappointed with this as I knew I had more than enough strength for this weight.
I remember unracking it and it feeling weightless gives me goose bumps thinking about it. Love this sport so much❤❤❤ However, something happened a few degrees out of the hole and that is I go on to my toes so much that i get pitched forward and the bar begins to have more leverage than I do and I just fall forward. In the video provided you can see my heels and how much they come off the floor!! Scary!! Massive thanks to the spotters here!! This is an issue that I have had my entire lifting career and I am determined to over come it. Unfortunately it's not a flexibility issue, it's a structural issue where my ankle joint sit more forwards and restricts dorsi flexion. I am now experimenting with a tiny bit wider stance after changing to narrower earlier this year which has been massively beneficial to my hip and back health. The idea of the wider stance being to try and get my knees open more and keep my heels on the floor. Video provided also; with new stance (high bar) from yesturday 110kg for multiple sets of 8 really focusing on this new queing.
If anyone has any suggestions/ thoughts/ comments on this or even have a similar issue please comment or PM me to have a further discussion.
So a few people who I have spoken to will know I am very disappointed with my performance over the weekend at the national junior championships. I had many goals and aspirations for this competition and unfortunatley was unable to actualise some of them. Of course I am ecstatic that I retained my British title against some fantastic talented competition. I just can't help but feel disappointed by not displaying to myself the true progress I have made.
I came into this comp feeling the healthiest, and strongest I have ever felt in my lifting career which was evident from the session I had a week out from competition where I gained an easy 407kg training total consisting of a 156kg SQUAT, 90kg BENCH and 161KG DEADLIFT. But unfortunately this does not always transpire to the platform.
I know there was some adversity through out the day where some stressful situations did arise for everyone. There were mistakes made from my end which I hold myself 100% accountable for and will cover in a separate video/post along with the competition videos. These mistakes show where I can improve in multiple areas which is always a positive to take away for any athlete to get better improve and come back fighting!! Ultimately it's ok to make mistakes as long as you learn from them and keep pushing to improve. But it's also important to enjoy the positives and the achievements even if it didn't go exactly how you planned.