In this new installment of “What’s your favorite exercise?” we have Camille Brown, a great athlete and a strong woman! Camille is a D1 athlete and when she’s not training for a competition, she does handstands. For fun. Don’t believe me, check this out:
Although she does a lot handstands in her free time, she obviously lifts a lot of weight, too. We asked her for her favorite exercises and here’s her answer:
“1. clean and jerk 2. snatch 3. back squat and deadlift”
Let’s look at all these exercises in detail, so that you can apply those to your workouts!
1. Clean and Jerk
As the name tells you, there are two parts to this exercise. Take your time and maybe even study with a coach, when learning these, because technique is crucial here! Let’s look at the clean part:
Going back to where it all started @velocitysports. From Wednesday night skill work to this morning. A little Thanksgiving squat clean PR at 80k (176#) WITHOUT my favorite lifting shoes and while weighing a little under 59k. Big thanks to @vcrossfitrb and the other coaches for helping me get to this goal. And of course thanks to my lifting if since high school @collinmack22 for the support ! #ijustwanttoliftheavy #asstograss #literally #dropitlow
Now the second part is the jerk, let’s look at this in detail for a second:
And now let’s look at it in one movement:
So the first position is actually a deadlift position. From there on, you activate your core and your glutes and “throw” the weight onto the front of your shoulders, very similar to a front squat. You then get up from a squat and while pushing the weight up in the air, you bring your legs into a lunge position.
Definitely try this exercise without weight in the beginning, just with a simple PVC pipe/stick, that way you can really get into the movement and look at errors along the way. Also make sure that someone is spotting you, because seeing errors yourself can be difficult while doing the exercise! 😉
Camille is a big fan of olympic weightlifting, so another favorite exercise of her is the Snatch. This is how it looks:
My week of snatching. Same weight between the first two clips but it looks like a completely different person. I finally being explosive after not being able to snatch for YEARS. I know my numbers don't compare to the best but they're great for me. Really excited for my Oly meet on July 26th!!! 65k I'm coming for ya. Thanks @cal_strength #excelsior
Again, a lot of things going here! The bottom position, is again, the deadlift position, similar as in the Clean and Jerk. From there on you grip the bar, brace your core and snatch the weight of your head. This is a great sequence:
The hips also play a crucial role midway the exercise. As you can see in the second line of the picture, the hips actually push a bit forward so that the lifter can get under the weight.
Again: Try this with a PVC stick in the beginning and make sure you learn the form with/from a coach!
3. Squat and Deadlift
You may remember that we already talked about the squat and deadlift in detail in the last post.
What about food?
Now Camille told me that she’s a big fan of breakfast and she even told me her favorite breakfast food. Let’s check it out:
“I love food and breakfast is definitely my favorite meal, I could eat breakfast all day! But my favorite breakfast would either be a giant stack protein pancakes with chocolate chips or a giant breakfast burrito!”
If you remember, we covered the Protein pancakes here. Let’s look at an easy breakfast burrito recipe, you could do today:
- 8 large eggs – beaten
- 4 whole wheat low-carb tortillas
- 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese
- 3 green onions – chopped
- 1 4-oz can on green chiles – drained and chopped
- 1 small tomato – diced
- 2 Tablespoons cilantro
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- salt and pepper – to taste
In a medium skillet on medium heat, heat the coconut oil. Add onions, chiles, tomato, salt and pepper (if desired) and saute for 3 minutes. Add beaten eggs to mixture in the skillet and continue to stir and cook until eggs are fully set.
Divide eggs mixture among the tortillas (warm the burritos a bit before) – top mixture with a generous pinch of cilantro and 2 Tablespoons cheese per burrito. Roll up tortillas and heat up in George foreman an additional 30 seconds. Top warm burritos with any remaining cheese.
As you can see Camille is quite the athlete! Hopefully this showed you a small part of her training and her favorite foods. Maybe in the next installment, we can ask her about her handstand tricks? In the mean time, check her out here: