Olympic Weightlifting Instructional
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Push The Knees Out In The Squat? Maybe.
Comments | March 11 2019 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Pushing the knees out in the squat does not directly contribute to standing up. It’s a measure to correct or prevent knee valgus and forward leaning. Standing up is achieved primarily with kn...
How To Stay Connected For A Better Jerk Dip & Drive
Comments | March 4 2019 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

A critical part of the jerk is keeping the bar connected to the shoulders in the dip to maintain its security in the rack, preserve balance, and allow maximal force transfer. We stand normally with...
Hand & Wrist Position In The Snatch & Jerk
Comments | February 18 2019 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

The hand and wrist position overhead in the snatch or jerk needs to provide the most security and stability possible with the least strain on the joints. Imagine your arm and hand like the post and...
Pushing The Knees Out In The Snatch & Clean
Comments | February 11 2019 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

In the starting position and first pull of the snatch and clean, we want to push the knees out inside the arms. This serves 3 important purposes:   First, it opens the hips to allow freer movem...
How To Fix Your Snatch Turnover - Understanding & Exercises
Comments | January 29 2019 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

The pull under the bar in the snatch needs to be as active, aggressive and precise as the rest of the lift. This motion has 3 purposes: to change your direction and accelerate your body down into posi...
Breath Control & Trunk Stability For Olympic Weightlifting
Comments | January 21 2019 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

In order to create the spinal stability that we need for both performance and safety in weightlifting, the trunk must be pressurized with air. In addition to improving force transfer to the bar throug...
Keep Elevating The Bar In The Snatch Turnover
Comments | January 7 2019 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Bar speed in the snatch peaks a little prior to the final extension in the pull. With a given amount of applied force, the heavier the bar is, the sooner it will stop moving up under its momentum and ...
How To Stay Over The Bar In The Snatch & Clean
Comments | December 23 2018 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

How do you stay over the bar in the snatch and clean? Easy! Just keep standing up without opening your hips. We want the shoulders over the bar until the bar is between above the knee and mid-thigh...
Olympic Weightlifting Squat Position - Trust What Works For The Best
(3) Comments | November 28 2018 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

When it comes to squatting for weightlifting, somehow there are still pockets of resistance to the obvious, and instruction contrary to all evidence. Here are the bottom positions of the biggest cl...
Clean Turnover Drills For Bigger Cleans
Comments | November 19 2018 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

A smooth delivery to a secure rack position is critical for successful cleans. In order to spin the elbows around the bar as quickly as possible, the bar and shoulders need to be close and have mom...
Vertical Leg Drive In The Snatch & Clean - Elevation, Direction, Balance & Proximity
Comments | November 5 2018 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Leg extension in the snatch and clean helps provide both elevation and direction on the barbell. While it’s not perfectly accurate, it can be helpful to think of leg drive being responsible f...
Maximal Recovery Speed For Bigger Cleans
Comments | October 22 2018 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Cleaning as much weight as possible requires using every advantage available to recover from the lift. A technically adept lifter with reasonable explosiveness can clean 95% or more of his or her best...
Lifting The Feet Is Not Jumping - Lifting Vs. Sliding In The Snatch & Clean
Comments | October 8 2018 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

There’s a concern among some lifters and coaches that lifting the feet in a snatch or clean is reducing the force in the pull, or is inefficient because the lifter is jumping.   A jump is...
The Scoop Or Double Knee Bend - What, Why & How
Comments | October 1 2018 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

The double knee bend might be more accurately called the naturally occurring temporary cessation of knee extension to facilitate the preservation of balance and repositioning of the body to optimize v...
Do You Release The Hook Grip In The Snatch?
Comments | September 24 2018 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Whether or not you should keep the hook grip overhead in the snatch depends on one thing: can you achieve the proper hand and wrist position overhead, without pain, with the hook or not? If you can...
Decreasing Receiving Depths In The Olympic Lifts - Consistent Motion & Meeting The Bar
Comments | September 17 2018 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

The goal is to execute our lifts as similarly as possible regardless of weight. In order to do this, we do have to reduce the amount of upward force we put into lighter weights because maximal force w...
Hip Contact In The Snatch - How To Keep The Bar Close
(1) Comments | September 4 2018 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

[See how to stop hitting your pubic bone here] During the pull of the snatch, the bar will contact the body in any properly executed lift. The most important point to keep in mind is that any horiz...
Pressure Vs. Balance In The Snatch, Clean & Jerk
Comments | September 3 2018 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Don’t make the mistake of believing having pressure on the balls of the foot during a lift means your balance has shifted forward over the foot.   If we’re standing still, our line ...
How To Dip Correctly In The Jerk
Comments | August 27 2018 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

The jerk dip is a tricky motion for a lot of athletes because most of us are so accustomed to relying on the hips for athletic movement, and the jerk is essentially all knees. The dip arguably influen...
How To Avoid Getting Dizzy In Clean & Squats - And Why It Happens
Comments | August 20 2018 | Olympic Weightlifting Instructional

Read the complete explanation & fixes here. Dizziness during a clean or squat can have a few causes, but what is NOT causing it is having the bar compressing your trachea—all of you can h...
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