Not every athlete should do every version of every lift, Coach Mike Burgener told participants at an Olympic weightlifting certification seminar held March 7-8, 2009 at CrossFit Old Town in Alexandria, Va.
Coach Burgener of Mike’s Gym said he saw only one or two lifters in the room who should become splitters. “Every individual you work with is going to have different needs, different situations. You have to adjust around that,” he said. For example, one athlete he had worked with had long femurs and was told she should never do certain Olympic lifts. But Coach Burgener moved her to the split snatch and got her doing overhead squats and front squats. The process involved stretching her out to get her knees out and torso up.
But Coach Burgener said three athletes at the seminar were “beyond help” when it came to stretching. One was a former football player. He should still do the lifts. The pull is the same. But he should receive the bar in a full lunge, not a full overhead squat.