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5/11/2012 6:15:02 AM - Clint Darden
The Olympic Lifts and Your Training

This has already stirred up a storm on YouTube which ended up with me editing out a bunch of bad language and name calling, lol.

I'd never suggest that one does not do the OLY lifts but don't confuse what OLY lifters that you see on TV and in magazines can do with simply doing the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. So much goes into the lifts and their improvement (like squatting 7-15 times per week) and years of technique work.

In fact, most of their training is focused on technique work and their entire career will be based on balancing out their technique and strength training. The difference between the basic power lifts and the OLY lifts is that technique is IMMEDIATELY the limiting factor when learning the OLY lifts. With the power lifts...super focus on technique (within reason) isn't the main focus till you are reaching serious weights...for you.

But OLY lifters build technique with little to no weight, then BOOM get stronger on the lift as it shoots up then strength becomes the limiting factor. So they get back to heavy hard squatting, pulling, abs, low back work. Next thing you's back to technique work again and so on in a cyclical fashion.

Again...very similar to what you see with the power lifts. As soon as we set a PR we begin thinking about our weaknesses and how we can fix our technique to add another 25 lbs to the bar.

Just my nickel...

Send me mail on this one!,
Clint Darden

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