January 01, 2003
There are movements that will never make it to your local gym and they include some of the best exercises ever known. There is a collection of them known as "the odd lifts." It would be foolish to ignore these lifts. It would be even more foolish to approach them with other than extreme caution.
There are competitions with the odd lifts and they have an association - the United States All-Round Weightlifting Association (USAWA) The USAWA's web site covers the rules of the competitions and lifts.
We review the odd lifts with a mix of humor and awe. The humor is a juvenile humor because it finds its roots in the discomfort and injury of others – like kids' cartoons. Imagine the damage you could do with the Roman chair bench press alone. Or, how about the two-man clean and jerk?