Jenny Arthur

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Jenny Arthur is from Gainsville, Georgia, and she was introduced to weightlifting while in high school.  Her first coach was Stan Lutrell who was a football coach at the high school Jenny attended.  Matt Mayes also assisted with her early training, which she performed at 6:30 AM along with the football team.  Jenny recalls that there was not a lot of emphasis on using proper technique in her early training, and that training was most often performed with multiple sets of 3 and multiple sets of 5 with around 60 to 70% intensity.

Jenny ran track in high school as well as playing softball  and competing in weightlifting.  she thinks her mental strength is her best quality as a lifter and she credits her parents with that.  She told me that her parents were strong people and they passed that determination on to her

One of her biggest goals as a young lifter was to get to the OTC, and she never even considered any other college program.  Jenny got accepted to the OTC immediately out of high school, but she did start taking college courses at UCCS as soon as she got Colorado Springs.  She is not currently enrolled but she does plan on going back to finish her degree after the 2016 Olympics.

When Jenny got to the training center she says there was a huge increase in training intensity as well as an increased focus on technique.  When she started at the OTC she did experience a few injuries, and she has since learned to hold back in training sometimes, and that you don’t always have to make PR’s.  She learned to, as she calls it “pick her battles”.

Jenny feels like at this point in her career she still needs a lot of technical work.  She is still getting stronger, but not nearly as fast as when she first got to the OTC.  Wile I was at the World Team Camp I watched her break a squat PR that she had set almost 2 years ago, a back squat of 126kg.

Jenny is one of the favorites to make the Olympic team next year, and I wish her the best.

The following is an excerpt from her training log that will help give you an idea of what she does in training.

MONDAY

Snatch balance + squat     35 2/1 50 5/1 65 4/1 75 5/1 85 3/1 90 2/1 95 2/1

Snatch     35/2 45/2 55/2 60/2 65/1

Snatch pulls    45 55 65 75 2 for 2, 3 85 1 for 1

Front Squat     3 95/1 ( 3 singles with 95)

Sots Press in snatch     15/6 25/4 35/4 40/4

Snatch     40/2 50/2 60/2 65/2 65/2 70/2 75/2 80/2   3 83/1

Press in split     30/4 35/4 40/4 45/4

jerks     55 2/2 65 2/2 75 2/2 85 2/2 95 2/2 103 1/1   3 108 1/1   (I believe this means she did 2 sets of 2 with 55, 2 sets if 2 with 65, etc)

Pulls clean     115 3 for 2, 120 2 for 2, 125 1 for 1 (I believe 3 sets of 2 with 115, 2 sets of 2 with 120, and 125 for 1 set of 1)

TUESDAY

Back Squat     55/6 75/5 85/4 110/3 125/3 140/2 155/1 165/1 169/1

Power Clean     45/3 60/3 70/3 80/2 90/2 100/1

Power Jerk     45//2 60/2 70/2 80/2 90/2 100/1 105/1 110/1

Jump UP   10X3

WEDNESDAY

Push snatch + squat    35 4+1 45 3+1 55 2+1 65 2+1

Snatch     40/2 50/2 60/2 65/2 70/2 75/2 3 78/1

Snatch pulls   45 2/2 60 2/2 70 2/2 80 2/2 90 2/2 97 2/2 3 102 1/1

Clean pulls   110/2 117/2 122/2 125/2

THURSDAY

Front squat    55/3 70/3 85/3 100/3 115/3 125/3 136/1 143/1 148/1

Push press   35/6 45/6 55/4 65/2 70/1

Jump Up     10X3

FRIDAY

Drop sn + OHS     30 40 50 60 64 all 2 + 1

Snatch     30/2 40/2 50/2 60/2 64/1

Clean pulls     45 60 70 80 2 for 2, 84 1 for 1

Front squat     3 95/1

SATURDAY

Front Squat     65/6 80/5 95/4 110/3 122/3 132/2 142/1

Power Clean   45/2 55/2 65/2 75/2 85/2

Power Jerk     45/2 55/2 65/2 75/2 85/2

Pulls  50/2 60/2 70/2 80/2 90/2 95/2 100/2

Jump Up     10X3

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