“The Olympic lifting has been a challenge all the way around,” says John Van Every, owner of CrossFit Longevity in Santa Cruz, Calif. He’s offering CrossFit to a specialized segment of the population: athletes 50 years of age and older.
“I think the biggest challenges faced by this age demographic for especially the Olympic lifting is the set-up, always the set-up position,” Van Every says. He notes that the flexibility required for a proper starting position is a challenge for older athletes.
“The clean has been the slowest to progress,” he says.
The deadlift is his starting point for training good Oly movement.
“I would say mechanically if we can correct the deadlift positioning and transfer that over to the start of the clean, I think that is the best way to approach it, but it takes a long time,” Van Every says.
Additional reading: Seniors and Kids by Greg Glassman, published Feb. 1, 2003.