In Olympic Lifts

April 14, 2013

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Bob Takano recommends five drills perfect for anyone learning the snatch and the clean and jerk.

If we think of drills as exercises or activities performed to learn and refine technique, then it is appropriate to discuss those exercises, but it’s more important to know how and when to implement them into the technique training of a weightlifter.

It is perfectly natural and normal for many coaches to address their own shortcomings or strengths while designing training, especially during the early days of the coaching career. Coaches who had poor lockout may have their athletes training to improve lockout even when it’s unnecessary to do so. On the other hand, there might be coaches who were excellent pullers and so design training that overemphasizes pulling. Both extremes are incorrect.

Coaches mature when they learn to solve the shortcomings of each athlete they are coaching. In the art of coaching, one of the truly important skills is knowing when not to use an exercise.

I’ve developed a list of favorites that I’ve found to be quite effective. They may not be the same ones other coaches use, but they work for me as I teach technique to new lifters.

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2 Comments on “Five Essential O-Lift Drills”


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This article could really use a few videos.


wrote …

Great article, I do wish there was a picture or something for the deadlift stop.

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