Dave Tate of EliteFTS came to CrossFit San Diego for a private seminar on January 24, 2009. Dave was a successful competitive powerlifter for over two decades. He trained with Louie Simmons at Westside Barbell Club. His best back squat was 930lbs, bench 610lbs, and deadlift 740lbs. Tate is a powerlifting specialist, and he doesn’t claim to be anything else.
Dave calls weaknesses sticking points. All sticking points are mental, physical, or technique based. In this video, Dave talks about technique.
Technique means being efficient. Making gains in efficiency translates immediately to better performance with no gains in strength or speed. The higher you go in a competition, the more important technique becomes.
Technique is all about realizing the nature of the event and the nature of the athlete. You want to take advantage of the athlete’s natural orientation, and you want to orient the effort toward the event. If it’s an endurance event, you won’t maximize your reps (or minimize your time) if you go out 100%. You should exert just enough force to get the rep done, which leaves the most in the tank for the rest of the reps.
There are no bad exercises, only bad technique.