Posts in Olympic lifting
Build Athletic Power with Snatch and Clean Pulls

Performing snatches, cleans, and jerks requires dedicated equipment (weightlifting bars, bumper plates, platforms, etc.) that may not be available for some coaches/athletes. If this is the case for you, or you're just looking for some new exercises to develop athletic power, perform snatch and clean pulls.

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1, 2, 3 Clean

The clean is a popular exercise in many strength and conditioning programs, and for good reason. When performed properly, the clean and its variations can have a tremendous effect on athletic power development. Unfortunately, cleans have a propensity for getting butchered due to poor coaching.

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Implementing the Olympic Lifts at the High School Level

Many high school strength and conditioning coaches don’t program the Olympic lifts into their training because “they are too difficult to teach,” which is a lame excuse. While there definitely is a learning curve and difficulty involved with teaching the Olympic lifts, especially to an entire team at the same time,  the effects that the lifts have on athletic performance enhancement are simply too good to pass up. There can be difficulty involved with teaching any of the main lifts (squats, dead lifts, presses, etc.), so the argument that the Olympic lifts are “too hard” is weak.

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Spinal Decompression Techniques

One of my favorite recovery methods for the lower back is spinal decompression. Traditionally, spinal decompression refers to neural impingement therapy for conditions such as herniated discs. However, in the context of the strength and conditioning field, spinal decompression simply refers to stretching or spacing the vertebrae.

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The Best Abdominal Exercises for the Strength Athlete

Take a look through the training program for any athlete in a strength sport (weightlifting, powerlifting, strongman, etc.) and you’ll typically see the following exercises programmed for the abdominals: some form of hanging leg raises, weighted crunch or sit up variations, and maybe some light planks. While there isn’t anything automatically wrong with some of these exercises, especially the planks, there are better and more useful options available.

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4 Tips to Improve Your Olympic Lifts

Check out 4 Tips to Improve Your Olympic Lifts over at Stack.com.

In it, I go over four of the most common issues with the Olympic lifts and give tips on how to fix them. Read it to find out how to fix a looping snatch, how to avoid banging your pubic bone during a snatch, how to fix a collapsing upper body during a clean, and how to avoid missing jerks forward.

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