Been thinking about the apt term “Special Snowflake.” As I understand it, it applies to anyone who discovers some personal anomaly that is preventing them from continuing the program as written or precludes them from typical results.
This is important, because it affects so many people that try to use the program. The Program, as it is known, is based on the basic concepts of biology and arithmetic. As such, it is adaptable with very little variation to all humans, the variations being largely a matter of degree, not structure. The minute you decide that you're so special that The Program cannot be adapted to you without your insightful input into your fascinatingly complex personal circumstances, you have become a Special Snowflake. It's far more productive to just remain a human.
Sadly some people never make it through to the end of the "special snowflake phase," as you put it. One of these guys I know has a master in physics, yet is adamant about the fact that his rounding lumbar spine on the deadlift is caused by weak hamstrings and strong lumbar erectors, something Rip not only directly contradicts in the blue book, but also doesn't hold up to any form of basic scrutiny whatsoever. Yet he has a master in physics, one of the hardest schools of scientific thought, and I'm on my way to getting a bachelor in English literature. This has been going on for a full year now; his deadlift has progressed maybe 10 pounds and stay around an ugly 315 on Texas Method after 3-4 years of training. I use 315 as a safe deload weight while he couldn't do a full set reliably if he wanted to; round from rep No.2 and sometimes earlier.
I think you make a good point that "snowflake" can be a permanent condition, and I would add that it’s a chosen state, because it requires denial of the mounting proof that you are experiencing personally and witnessing all around you. There is always another reason for that.
Rip, have you ever written how to properly clean and press?
We know how to clean. If you're going to clean and press, you just have to learn how to rack the clean using the press grip and start position. See Serge Reding's 502 on Youtube.
Serge's 502 C&P is a thing of wonder.
Yes, it's best to merge the two positions slowly, or you'll tweak your wrists.
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