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  1. Just go to Bunnings (or if you're not in Australia, a Bunnings equivalent... Home Depot maybe?) and start lugging around their bags of dry cement or soil. I once had a hilarious conversation with a guy that had never been to a gym in his life, but literally went to a garden centre every other day and moved bags of compost from one side to the other. He said it took months before any of the staff caught on.

    That was close to my other suggestion, which was 'go get a job in a lumberyard'. :)

  2. Big-ass sandbag. I like the one from Mountain Athlete as it is bombproof. Get used to picking it up & walking it in a bear hug. Add sand over the months until it's at or over your fiancé's weight. The bag will be WAY harder  to manage than your fiancé, which will help a ton. When I was carrying a 150# sandbag around my house as a finisher I could pretty easily cary people who were 200# +.

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  3. It's a funny thing, really. I learned from a few RKC folks, but when I did the Crossfit KB cert with former RKC Jeff Martone, he was clearly pleased that my snatches were as close as is reasonable with a non-competition bell to GS style. They are much, much easier on the body. That said, the AKC, at least when I took their course in about 2007, had some aspects of what they taught that just seemed outright 'incorrect' for anything other than sport training. I love the tension techniques that come from Pavel, it's something to counter all of the whack stuff that the ACSM and such groups teach (or at least used to teach, I've been out of the loop for ages on that stuff)- like not holding your breath during maximal lifts!

  4. I do my snatches GS style, as the hard style snatch just makes no sense to me.


    Given that, to build up to lots of reps I used a big wall clock with a sweep second hand (this is what I learned from the AKC). Start with an easy number for you, be that five or six, whatever. Divided the minute by that number. So lets say it's six snatches. Now do those six over the course of a minute. Start when the second hand is at 12 o'clock, do your first snatch, hold it at the top until the second had is at 2 o'clock, send it down & snatch, hold it at the top, send it down & snatch at 4 o'clock, etc, etc. It's great for the shoulder & traps as well, due to the time in the top position. Do a couple of one minute sessions, with a few-ten minutes break between, then add 10, 20, 30 seconds. Speed up over time, to 8 in a minute, ten in a minute, but always controlling the pace. It's a very interesting way to train, which I have not done for years and should!

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  5. I think you are pretty awesome! Just saying.


    I knew a very excellent young lady about 20 years ago. She had some similar issues/concerns. It was really unpleasant for her. She lucked into a roommate, a girl from Russia, whose standard response was 'well fuck _____!'. After a year of every time she said 'I don't think he could ever like me' "well fuck him!", 'I am a shitty student' "fuck you, I wish I was a s good of a student as you", 'they dont don't understand me' "then they are stupid!", 'but it all messes with my head' "fuck you and your head, you are awesome, and I am right. Don't try to deny it" she was much less contained by it all. It was still there, but she had learned to roll right over it. 


    So maybe try to imagine a really abrasive, supportive friend to speak truth to you, and do what she says. 


    As Shoma Morita said:


    "Give up on yourself. Begin taking action now, while being neurotic or imperfect, or a procrastinator or unhealthy or lazy or any other label by which you inaccurately describe yourself. Go ahead and be the best imperfect person you can be and get started on those things you want to accomplish before you die."


    Which you are already doing, from what I can see. 

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