In this session it really dawned on me that it isn't just a lack of pressing strength which is holding me back from banging out sets of double-digit reps at 35kg, but also, and perhaps even more so, the fact that I get very much out of breath during the set. It's not like I haven't thought about it before, but training with Jonne Koski really drove the point home due to the stark contrast.
Turn up the volume, watch the video from beginning to end, and notice that Jonne Koski barely gets out of breath. That really impressed me and made me realize that I need to keep improving my conditioning in order to make the heavy weights feel lighter for longer. Everything is so much heavier when you are out of breath.
With that being said, my modus operandi is technique and the most important correction for Jonne to make is to use his toes in order to improve his balance throughout the lift, particularly in the lockout. You can see the mistake on the very first rep.
Emilia Leppänen has a habit of keeping the dumbbells too far apart in the lockout. This has nothing to do with a lack of flexibility, stability or strength, but is entirely technical. I pointed it out early in the session, so that she could work on it during the million reps we did and it quickly got better.
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