October 28, 2011
Hall-of-fame Oly coach Bob Takano addresses Oly form errors common to the CrossFit community.
For the last two years, I’ve been an instructor/coach in the Crossfit Olympic Lifting Seminar program under the management of Coach Mike Burgener. Those experiences plus the several USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach certifications I’ve conducted at several different CrossFit boxes have provided me with the chance to observe CrossFitters and their approach to the Olympic lifts. Furthermore, I’ve been coaching my own weightlifting programs within two other CrossFit boxes.
All this has provided me with a perspective on the phenomenon of Crossfitters’ involvement and struggles with the O-lifts. What I’ve encountered is a panorama of situations.
I’m going to break this discussion up into two large categories: technical errors and training errors. I’ll run through the problems I’ve seen and then offer some exercises that might remediate each problem.