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it’s time to challenge the dogma that power cleans must be the backbone of your off-season program. Let's look at alternatives.
Find out what percentage of zone lifts provide the best conditioning for your goals.
Twelve reader favorites from the past week and from the archives, curated to save you time and bring you happiness.
Return to the golden era of bodybuilding with a full month's worth of old-school, hardcore workouts, chock full of exercises that have withstood the test of time.
The heavy snow has made it harder to maintain my momentum during the current phase, but I finished out the final two weeks in spite of all the snow shoveling.
The weight room is my laboratory. I am always experimenting, mostly on myself, but sometimes on my clients. And the weight room is my classroom. It is a place where I never stop learning.
The dip in the jerk seems straightforward enough (straight down, actually). Bend your knees, and straighten them vigorously. But like many simple things there's more than meets the eye.
Last week we talked about the snatch grip width, so naturally this week we are going to move on to the clean and jerk.
It's important that you understand your clients' bodies so you can coach them properly. Here's a quick primer on some basics and how they are relevant to movements.
Just as in the clean, we now have another opportunity to take advantage of the springiness of the bar in order to complete the lift. Here's how you do it.
This is about one of the tricks of the trade used by elite lifters that might be of use to those of you cleaning substantial weight in the squat style. This technique is called "catching the bounce."
Powerlifters and Olympic lifters have used variations of their lifts to improve their specific weaknesses for decades. We can use the same strategy with the deadlift with these variations.
The Cannella Cross reinforces proper foot placement during the jerk. For this exercise you will need a piece of chalk and a training partner to give you some feedback.
The clean grip overhead squat improves mobility in the shoulder girdle as well as torso strength. Combine this drill with the clean grip snatch exercise from last week.
The clean grip snatch improves extension mechanics, reinforces arm action when under the bar, and builds speed.
Today's drill, the jerk from behind the neck, minimizes stress on the torso muscles while also reinforcing jerk mechanics.
Need help with your snatch technique? This drill will reinforce foot placement and balance while also improving basic snatch mechanics.
The seventh video of this series discusses the role of your arms in the Olympic lifts and gives you an exercise to improve your arm use.