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2 cleans, 1 jerk with 140kg on the bar 😱In total I did 4 sets of this complex at this weight. Made all the cleans and failed 3 of the jerks. This one was pretty special.  Scroll down to the 29th of August 2015 (warning-it's a long way down) and you'll see me clean and jerking 140kg for the first time. You'll also see that it's THE psyche out weight for me (strange how we psyche out at each additional blue plate but I digress!). This week has been a little struggle bus after that good performance over the weekend, and to come in on hump day and perform a 140kg clean double and then stick the jerk is one of those gems that make this game so, so rewarding. "But you failed the first clean!" Not really. In this sort of high volume clean and jerk work at >90%, we're taught to keep the CNS buzzing by performing a clean and establish control at the bottom before dropping. What matters is the final lift. If you fail it, you weren't strong enough anyway.  #findjoy #makeeveryeffort #weightlifting #cleanandjerk #oly #themightytights
2 cleans, 1 jerk with 140kg on the bar 😱In total I did 4 sets of this complex at this weight. Made all the cleans and failed 3 of the jerks. This one was pretty special. Scroll down to the 29th of August 2015 (warning-it's a long way down) and you'll see me clean and jerking 140kg for the first time. You'll also see that it's THE psyche out weight for me (strange how we psyche out at each additional blue plate but I digress!). This week has been a little struggle bus after that good performance over the weekend, and to come in on hump day and perform a 140kg clean double and then stick the jerk is one of those gems that make this game so, so rewarding. "But you failed the first clean!" Not really. In this sort of high volume clean and jerk work at >90%, we're taught to keep the CNS buzzing by performing a clean and establish control at the bottom before dropping. What matters is the final lift. If you fail it, you weren't strong enough anyway. #findjoy  #makeeveryeffort  #weightlifting  #cleanandjerk  #oly  #themightytights 
121kg Snatch 152kg Clean and Jerk  I'll be lifting in the U85kg weight class in the upcoming Commonwealth Champs, and these two lifts unofficially break ALL the Singapore records in both the U85kg and 94kg category (which I'm still trying to grow into). I'd normally be even happier after setting PRs in everything, but the real battle is coming up in three weeks time, and there is more in the tank. To God be the glory, the best is yet to be!  #findjoy #makeeveryeffort #weightlifting #snatch #cleanandjerk #oly  谢谢你 @wuchuanfu 🙏  @darylcz @dyl.goddard @melanie.sylim @nazhariaschifra @stuartdiplock @bluey_23 💪
121kg Snatch 152kg Clean and Jerk I'll be lifting in the U85kg weight class in the upcoming Commonwealth Champs, and these two lifts unofficially break ALL the Singapore records in both the U85kg and 94kg category (which I'm still trying to grow into). I'd normally be even happier after setting PRs in everything, but the real battle is coming up in three weeks time, and there is more in the tank. To God be the glory, the best is yet to be! #findjoy  #makeeveryeffort  #weightlifting  #snatch  #cleanandjerk  #oly  谢谢你 @wuchuanfu 🙏 @darylcz @dyl.goddard @melanie.sylim @nazhariaschifra @stuartdiplock @bluey_23 💪
80kg | 90kg | 100kg  The Mega Leg Saturday left my quads and hammies less than optimal, but all the position work today felt real smooth thanks to the new snatch balance awareness.  Stayed at 100kg for 3 sets and managed to get a good level of control at this weight ✌️ #weightlifting #findjoy #makeeveryeffort #snatch #oly #themightytights #hangsnatch
After a week of weak as lifting (my CNS was just not having it; all my movements were slow and laboured), we finally broke huge ground with a 130kg snatch balance triple, AND THEN a 140kg snatch balance single 😱  My best ever snatch balance triple was 120kg, and after a mind numbing technique drill session on Thursday (my brain legit exploded), these lifts felt really light.  We ended with some sets of back squat triples at 165kg before coach @wuchuanfu had enough of my copping out and made me hit 170kg for 3.  My max is (or was, I guess) 180kg.  #weightlifting #findjoy #makeeveryeffort #squat #snatchbalance #oly #themightytights @swfsg
After a week of weak as lifting (my CNS was just not having it; all my movements were slow and laboured), we finally broke huge ground with a 130kg snatch balance triple, AND THEN a 140kg snatch balance single 😱 My best ever snatch balance triple was 120kg, and after a mind numbing technique drill session on Thursday (my brain legit exploded), these lifts felt really light. We ended with some sets of back squat triples at 165kg before coach @wuchuanfu had enough of my copping out and made me hit 170kg for 3. My max is (or was, I guess) 180kg. #weightlifting  #findjoy  #makeeveryeffort  #squat  #snatchbalance  #oly  #themightytights  @swfsg
🇲🇾🇸🇬🇿🇦🇦🇺🇮🇩 Five countries, one team, all the new @reebok_sg @crossfit gear 💃  #reebok #crossfit #reeboksg @reebok @crossfitgames #unitedbyfitness @crossfittanjongpagar
🇲🇾🇸🇬🇿🇦🇦🇺🇮🇩 Five countries, one team, all the new @reebok_sg @crossfit gear 💃 #reebok  #crossfit  #reeboksg  @reebok @crossfitgames #unitedbyfitness  @crossfittanjongpagar
In 525,600 minutes we have built a home that transcends a physical space. The tunnels have been enlarged and revisited and I thank God that you are the hearth fire and the wild wind that shapes and comforts and challenges me; you are the missing rib. I pray that we never wear leaves and run away but answer Christ as He walks in our gardens.  #findjoy #anniversary 📷: @kaiertanphotography
In 525,600 minutes we have built a home that transcends a physical space. The tunnels have been enlarged and revisited and I thank God that you are the hearth fire and the wild wind that shapes and comforts and challenges me; you are the missing rib. I pray that we never wear leaves and run away but answer Christ as He walks in our gardens. #findjoy  #anniversary  📷: @kaiertanphotography
How about a 112kg HANG SNATCH DOUBLE??! 💁(and an easy 142kg clean and jerk single yesterday if you swipe left)  It's been 2 months since I left for China, and coach @wuchuanfu has been investing his time to get my deficiencies less deficient. We've had 2 4-week micro cycles to address the more serious problems, and everything decided to click this weekend.  In 2015, I lifted these two exact loads at the Commonwealth Championships before stagnating over the next year and a half. My 2 rep max hang snatch prior to today was 100kg for 2. Just 2 weeks ago, I failed a 120kg and 127kg clean and jerk in the warmup for the national evaluation.  These numbers haven't felt this light together before, and with the 2017 Gold Coast Commonwealth Championships approaching at the end of the next 4 week cycle, I feel really, really excited.  #findjoy #weightlifting #snatch #hangsnatch #clean #cleanandjerk #oly #makeeveryeffort #themightytights
How about a 112kg HANG SNATCH DOUBLE??! 💁(and an easy 142kg clean and jerk single yesterday if you swipe left) It's been 2 months since I left for China, and coach @wuchuanfu has been investing his time to get my deficiencies less deficient. We've had 2 4-week micro cycles to address the more serious problems, and everything decided to click this weekend. In 2015, I lifted these two exact loads at the Commonwealth Championships before stagnating over the next year and a half. My 2 rep max hang snatch prior to today was 100kg for 2. Just 2 weeks ago, I failed a 120kg and 127kg clean and jerk in the warmup for the national evaluation. These numbers haven't felt this light together before, and with the 2017 Gold Coast Commonwealth Championships approaching at the end of the next 4 week cycle, I feel really, really excited. #findjoy  #weightlifting  #snatch  #hangsnatch  #clean  #cleanandjerk  #oly  #makeeveryeffort  #themightytights 
Finally getting some consistency past 100kg with 105kg snatch triples- no misses across all sets!  The weightlifting evaluation two Saturdays ago has yielded some fruit: I will be competing with Team Singapore at the 2017 Commonwealth Championships in Gold Coast, Australia come September! 🙆  #findjoy #weightlifting #oly #snatch #themightytights #commonwealthchampionships
Finally getting some consistency past 100kg with 105kg snatch triples- no misses across all sets! The weightlifting evaluation two Saturdays ago has yielded some fruit: I will be competing with Team Singapore at the 2017 Commonwealth Championships in Gold Coast, Australia come September! 🙆 #findjoy  #weightlifting  #oly  #snatch  #themightytights  #commonwealthchampionships 
It's funny how you could be planning for a great camera angle one year, and a wedding the next.  We took this photo exactly a year ago while messing around before @thesamwillows Take Heart concert. We were just really good friends at the time but had completely different social circles. It was bittersweet; finishing the production would mean us probably never running into each other again, but I suppose God had other plans ❤️ #findjoy #thesamwillows #stay
It's funny how you could be planning for a great camera angle one year, and a wedding the next. We took this photo exactly a year ago while messing around before @thesamwillows Take Heart concert. We were just really good friends at the time but had completely different social circles. It was bittersweet; finishing the production would mean us probably never running into each other again, but I suppose God had other plans ❤️ #findjoy  #thesamwillows  #stay 
Hit another PR today, this time in the form of a 160kg front squat double-- after 3x3 at 150kg 👻 My cleans have always pegged themselves close to my front squats, so hopefully this is an indicator of something on the near horizon!  We then made full use of the "warm up front squats" to move on into too many sets of parallel squats at 170kg (swipe). This has a been a feature in recent weeks to bolster my lat activation in the front rack position and give me confidence with heavier loads.  Having double bodyweight on your front rack position also gives you strong abs #aesthetics  #weightlifting #findjoy #makeeveryeffort #squat #themightytights #oly
Hit another PR today, this time in the form of a 160kg front squat double-- after 3x3 at 150kg 👻 My cleans have always pegged themselves close to my front squats, so hopefully this is an indicator of something on the near horizon! We then made full use of the "warm up front squats" to move on into too many sets of parallel squats at 170kg (swipe). This has a been a feature in recent weeks to bolster my lat activation in the front rack position and give me confidence with heavier loads. Having double bodyweight on your front rack position also gives you strong abs #aesthetics  #weightlifting  #findjoy  #makeeveryeffort  #squat  #themightytights  #oly 
112kg... for a double?!? I really hate multiples of 10. 100kg is a lot harder than 99kg and 110kg somehow feels a ton heavier than 108kg. I remember being stuck just below the hundred for a good while and below the 110 for an even longer time. I could hit the latter semi consistently, but for a really tough single each time.  Last Saturday's evaluation gave me enough fuel and knowledge to know that 115 and 118 were pretty okay weights now, so we came into training today ready to go strong.  I hit 107kg for 2 doubles and then a surprisingly light triple. We then jump to 112kg and coach @wuchuanfu tells me that that second rep's gonna feel like a 125kg snatch.  He was right. Never mind that I've never snatched 110 for two singles before, never mind the slightly larger jump. The second 112kg was way tough but I felt the gears click and the familiar muscles twitch, catch, stand.  When I made the switch to weightlifting a couple of months ago, I remember feeling a deep sense of peace amidst the uncertainty of turning my back on something familiar for so long. And with every failed lift, every spectacular training day, every botched jerk recovery, and every time I conquer a multiple of 10, to God be the glory, the best is yet to be.  #weightlifting #findjoy #makeeveryeffort #oly #snatch #themightytights
112kg... for a double?!? I really hate multiples of 10. 100kg is a lot harder than 99kg and 110kg somehow feels a ton heavier than 108kg. I remember being stuck just below the hundred for a good while and below the 110 for an even longer time. I could hit the latter semi consistently, but for a really tough single each time. Last Saturday's evaluation gave me enough fuel and knowledge to know that 115 and 118 were pretty okay weights now, so we came into training today ready to go strong. I hit 107kg for 2 doubles and then a surprisingly light triple. We then jump to 112kg and coach @wuchuanfu tells me that that second rep's gonna feel like a 125kg snatch. He was right. Never mind that I've never snatched 110 for two singles before, never mind the slightly larger jump. The second 112kg was way tough but I felt the gears click and the familiar muscles twitch, catch, stand. When I made the switch to weightlifting a couple of months ago, I remember feeling a deep sense of peace amidst the uncertainty of turning my back on something familiar for so long. And with every failed lift, every spectacular training day, every botched jerk recovery, and every time I conquer a multiple of 10, to God be the glory, the best is yet to be. #weightlifting  #findjoy  #makeeveryeffort  #oly  #snatch  #themightytights 
Managed to pull out a 265kg total yesterday at the 2017 Commonwealth Championships selection evaluation, matching the national record and PR I lifted in March.  Felt great on the snatches but failed 2 and saved this last one at 118kg to ensure I had something in that column 😅  I was pretty nervous heading into the clean and jerks after a terrible training cycle with the movement. I also failed 120kg and 127kg before heading in to open at 135kg, which I miraculously hit. The good stuff didn't stop there and I made a 7kg jump (to get more time to rest) on my last clean and jerk to finish with 147kg, equalling a PR!  We'll see how the cards fall, but my goal of moving well this weekend was definitely ticked; training with coach @wuchuanfu has seen major improvements in the way I approach weightlifting ☺️ #findjoy #makeeveryeffort #themightytights #oly #snatch #weightlifting #cleanandjerk
Managed to pull out a 265kg total yesterday at the 2017 Commonwealth Championships selection evaluation, matching the national record and PR I lifted in March. Felt great on the snatches but failed 2 and saved this last one at 118kg to ensure I had something in that column 😅 I was pretty nervous heading into the clean and jerks after a terrible training cycle with the movement. I also failed 120kg and 127kg before heading in to open at 135kg, which I miraculously hit. The good stuff didn't stop there and I made a 7kg jump (to get more time to rest) on my last clean and jerk to finish with 147kg, equalling a PR! We'll see how the cards fall, but my goal of moving well this weekend was definitely ticked; training with coach @wuchuanfu has seen major improvements in the way I approach weightlifting ☺️ #findjoy  #makeeveryeffort  #themightytights  #oly  #snatch  #weightlifting  #cleanandjerk 
Some things have changed since your last birthday, and some things haven't. We have experienced a whole bunch of things this year and I am exceedingly thankful for you.  You have smiled through a thousand of my judgy faces, but I know that you feel me completely while always pretending to be the angel.  Happy birthday @adelestanley, your life has brought so much joy to mine ❤️❤️ #findjoy
Some things have changed since your last birthday, and some things haven't. We have experienced a whole bunch of things this year and I am exceedingly thankful for you. You have smiled through a thousand of my judgy faces, but I know that you feel me completely while always pretending to be the angel. Happy birthday @adelestanley, your life has brought so much joy to mine ❤️❤️ #findjoy 
We originally wanted to aim for a tough double at 108kg (and then stay for 3 sets 😭). I make my first set and fail the second rep of the second set.  On my third set (of a supposed double, or the first video here), I hit a snatch that felt beautiful (and coach @wuchuanfu actually yells, "漂亮!" #madeit) but I dropped it! So he tells me to do two more and I make the next two (for a kind of triple). He tells me to try again (swipe) and this time I fail the second rep because I rush the recovery. He gives me a sort of withering look and says "if you have to run forward to catch it, you do it because in a comp, are you going to let that slide?" Of course not, was what I yelled in my head, and obviously I needed to do another set because failure was not an option today. (Swipe) So I dig deep and hit that all 3 snatches at 108kg, a new rep PR and a good lesson learnt in confidence. "That third snatch is going to feel like 120kg, maybe 122," coach says, after I'm done, "so you need to get this in training because when you get on that platform, you'll have this memory in your head and that's all you can bring up there." #weightlifting #findjoy #makeeveryeffort #snatch #oly #themightytights
We originally wanted to aim for a tough double at 108kg (and then stay for 3 sets 😭). I make my first set and fail the second rep of the second set. On my third set (of a supposed double, or the first video here), I hit a snatch that felt beautiful (and coach @wuchuanfu actually yells, "漂亮!" #madeit ) but I dropped it! So he tells me to do two more and I make the next two (for a kind of triple). He tells me to try again (swipe) and this time I fail the second rep because I rush the recovery. He gives me a sort of withering look and says "if you have to run forward to catch it, you do it because in a comp, are you going to let that slide?" Of course not, was what I yelled in my head, and obviously I needed to do another set because failure was not an option today. (Swipe) So I dig deep and hit that all 3 snatches at 108kg, a new rep PR and a good lesson learnt in confidence. "That third snatch is going to feel like 120kg, maybe 122," coach says, after I'm done, "so you need to get this in training because when you get on that platform, you'll have this memory in your head and that's all you can bring up there." #weightlifting  #findjoy  #makeeveryeffort  #snatch  #oly  #themightytights 
No-drive cleans are probably one of the top few misunderstood movements in the lifting library. It's most commonly taught to emphasise The Shrug, or a massive heave with the traps to start the bar moving; to emphasise the pulling motion onto the front rack.  Yes and no.  If you look closely, the shrug is actually the ignition of the lift, similar to a car engine. The lats then take over to power the lift. Think about this: when you turn on a car, hold the ignition for too long and it's not great for the car. You want the ignition to remain true to the definition of its noun.  Let the ignition initiate, let the engine sustain. Let the shrug shrug, let the lats pull.  #weightlifting #oly #clean #makeeveryeffort #findjoy #themightytights
No-drive cleans are probably one of the top few misunderstood movements in the lifting library. It's most commonly taught to emphasise The Shrug, or a massive heave with the traps to start the bar moving; to emphasise the pulling motion onto the front rack. Yes and no. If you look closely, the shrug is actually the ignition of the lift, similar to a car engine. The lats then take over to power the lift. Think about this: when you turn on a car, hold the ignition for too long and it's not great for the car. You want the ignition to remain true to the definition of its noun. Let the ignition initiate, let the engine sustain. Let the shrug shrug, let the lats pull. #weightlifting  #oly  #clean  #makeeveryeffort  #findjoy  #themightytights 
Three years ago at @everesther's scholarship reception, I wrote that "behind every success, achievement and victory lies a once dissatisfied heart". I think over the past three years, we have been shaped by the same Hand in two different parts of the world to realise that perhaps a worldview where we struggle against ourselves to become better is the tip of an iceberg; something popular culture has latched onto to bring significance to the zero to hero narrative.  There is so much grace that moves below the violent current of the surface-level interactions that we sometimes fail to really see the bigger picture of what happens to us.  As much as I am greatly excited at the stellar way in which you've concluded a three year period of learning, I am even more excited in the deeper excavation into a journey that brings you deeper into an understanding of your relationship with Christ.  To God be the glory, the best is yet to be ❤️💙💛 #findjoy #makeeveryeffort
Three years ago at @everesther's scholarship reception, I wrote that "behind every success, achievement and victory lies a once dissatisfied heart". I think over the past three years, we have been shaped by the same Hand in two different parts of the world to realise that perhaps a worldview where we struggle against ourselves to become better is the tip of an iceberg; something popular culture has latched onto to bring significance to the zero to hero narrative. There is so much grace that moves below the violent current of the surface-level interactions that we sometimes fail to really see the bigger picture of what happens to us. As much as I am greatly excited at the stellar way in which you've concluded a three year period of learning, I am even more excited in the deeper excavation into a journey that brings you deeper into an understanding of your relationship with Christ. To God be the glory, the best is yet to be ❤️💙💛 #findjoy  #makeeveryeffort 
I've been on a little struggle bus as my body continues to adapt and relearn movement to optimise smooth weightlifting. The loads have been dialled back as I focus my awareness on the minutiae of muscle activation- one early move or late firing results in an imperfect lift; getting a weight up is no longer the endgame.  One lift that has surfaced as a real weakness is the squat jerk. Yes, it's not been part of my arsenal of movement, but the complexity of such a straightforward movement has given me much grief over the past few weeks.  Last week, 70kg on the bar looked and felt worse than the 100kg I did today (in the last video). Today's 100kg didn't come up, but the steps of the feel of the lift are all present and I think that's a bit more important.  #weightlifting #findjoy #makeeveryeffort #snatch #clean #squatjerk #oly
I've been on a little struggle bus as my body continues to adapt and relearn movement to optimise smooth weightlifting. The loads have been dialled back as I focus my awareness on the minutiae of muscle activation- one early move or late firing results in an imperfect lift; getting a weight up is no longer the endgame. One lift that has surfaced as a real weakness is the squat jerk. Yes, it's not been part of my arsenal of movement, but the complexity of such a straightforward movement has given me much grief over the past few weeks. Last week, 70kg on the bar looked and felt worse than the 100kg I did today (in the last video). Today's 100kg didn't come up, but the steps of the feel of the lift are all present and I think that's a bit more important. #weightlifting  #findjoy  #makeeveryeffort  #snatch  #clean  #squatjerk  #oly 
@everesther came to get me from the Cambridge city centre bus stop at the conclusion of my 22-hour journey to watch her graduate, a neat little parallel with our meeting in New York two years ago at the conclusion of her first year in school. We demolished a good amount of meat and carbs on both occasions.  Dropped into @crossfitcambridgeshire for a quick session after to get the body working again. What an amazing space- looking forward to training there for the rest of the week 😍  #weightlifting #clean #oly #themightytights #findjoy #makeeveryeffort
@everesther came to get me from the Cambridge city centre bus stop at the conclusion of my 22-hour journey to watch her graduate, a neat little parallel with our meeting in New York two years ago at the conclusion of her first year in school. We demolished a good amount of meat and carbs on both occasions. Dropped into @crossfitcambridgeshire for a quick session after to get the body working again. What an amazing space- looking forward to training there for the rest of the week 😍 #weightlifting  #clean  #oly  #themightytights  #findjoy  #makeeveryeffort