OLYMPIC LIFTING INSTRUCTION
The benefits of the Olympic Lifts are numerous. First and foremost, if you are a novice or out of practice, go find a certified strength and conditioning coach, ASAP. Even if you played sports in high school and college, safety is key to the Olympic Exercises, every other benefit comes through that.
• Development of Fast Twitch Muscle Fibers
• Development of Neuro Pathways improving efficiency, speed, and pwer of muscle contractions.
• Improved Acceleration
• Improved Body Power Production (improve your horsepower)
• The Exercise can be applied to a wide range of sports
• Not just for Olympic Athletes
The Hang Snatch perhaps one of the most technical Olympic lifts to perform. Due to the degree of difficulty and distribution of the weight on the lever (shoulder) extended form review and warm-up is recommended.
The squat is the foundational building block for all Olympic lifts. Though the premise of a squat is simple, execution of some very specific techniques within the movement dramatically change it’s effectiveness.
The Deadlift is a primer for posterior chain activation for Olympic lifts that are more technical. The nuero-muscular pathways that are developed within a deadlift develop a base for more complex and technical lifts like the Clean, Snatch, and Clean and Press.
The Overhead Squat Technique has one of the highest rates of injury of any Olympic lift. Proper form and technique is crucial for this lift
The Hang Clean is a highly technical lift that is considered by many the “most functional” Olympic lift. Due to the degree of difficulty and rapid transitional phases of this lift, an extended warm-up period is highly encouraged.