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    I think the thread title about says it all. I am wondering how to go about learning the Olympic lifts (and there variations I suppose). Right now I am doing starting strength and I am planning ahead for when I finish that program.

    As best I can figure the best course of action would be to find a decent PT who knows how to teach the O-lifts and hire him?

    Secondly, is a certain level of strength advisable before starting? If so, what?

    Thirdly, are there any things I could work on before starting that will be of benefit (i.e wrist flexibility)?
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  • #2
    Hi
    I just started crossfit and it covers a lot of O lifts. Why not try out a cross fit class near you?
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    • #3
      I'd second that. CrossFit is probably the best place to learn them at the moment. As for PTs in your gym, good luck :-).
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      • #4
        I am not interested in cross fit classes, but I may join a cross fit gym and see if I can just learn the O-lifts. I was thinking of joining a better gym anyway if necessary.
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        • #5
          the cross fit gym near me has an intro class that is required where all they do is the O lifts.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bushrat View Post
            As best I can figure the best course of action would be to find a decent PT who knows how to teach the O-lifts and hire him?

            Secondly, is a certain level of strength advisable before starting? If so, what?

            Thirdly, are there any things I could work on before starting that will be of benefit (i.e wrist flexibility)?
            I agree that you should try to find a trainer who can teach these lifts. However, most trainers don't know how to do O-lifting, so be very selective.

            I like your idea to start working on your flexibility in preparation. Most men (myself included) cannot perform a proper barbell snatch due to tight shoulders and upper back, while wrist flexibility is important for learning barbell cleans.
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            • #7
              Unless you are competing in O-lifts there is no point in learning them. Which is why there are few PT who know how to teach them. O-lifts are a highly specific skill that needs to be taught by a coach. If you are looking to gain strenght there are better more effecient ways of gaining strength. Also, learning O-lifts at a cross-fit box would be like learning Karate at a McDojo that hands out black belts to eight year olds.

              But if you really really need to...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by chima_p View Post
                Unless you are competing in O-lifts there is no point in learning them. Which is why there are few PT who know how to teach them. O-lifts are a highly specific skill that needs to be taught by a coach. If you are looking to gain strenght there are better more effecient ways of gaining strength. Also, learning O-lifts at a cross-fit box would be like learning Karate at a McDojo that hands out black belts to eight year olds.

                But if you really really need to...




                Glenn Pendlay Olympic Technique DVD - Product Review | BodyRecomposition - The Home of Lyle McDonald

                Greg Everett’s Olympic Weightlifting A Complete Guide for Athletes and Coaches - Product Review | BodyRecomposition - The Home of Lyle McDonald
                Actually, brosephine, O-lifts are fantastic for several reasons. They are great for developing muscle, especially fast twitch fibers which make you look sexy, and they help develop explosive athletic ability and improve performance.
                My suggestion is check out some books or some internet tutorials, and if your ballsy enough, try em out first with kettlebells, like a snatch or clean. then move to barbells, but if you dont feel safe get a trainer i spose.
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                • #9
                  They are great for developing muscle - No they aren't. They are all "cheat" moves.

                  especially fast twitch fibers which make you look sexy - Really? Now who's the Brosephine O-lifters are built like brick shit houses.

                  and they help develop explosive athletic ability and improve performance. - There are safer faster ways that don't take years to perfect.
                  Last edited by chima_p; 03-18-2011, 06:33 AM.
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                  http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/nut...oxidation.html

                  http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/nut...torage-qa.html

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                  • #10
                    I have one good reason to oly lift, they are damn fun. I was introduced to them via crossfit, then found an oly class which I now do three times a week. My deadlift max went up significantly after doing oly for a couple of months. HOWEVER, I would only recommend doing them if you can find a good coach. I "learned" them originally at my crossfit box, but it was not until I went to a real coach that I learned how to do them properly.
                    And for what it is worth, I am a chick and it has done some amazing things for my body. Nothing like snatches to sculpt those back muscles!

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                    • #11
                      Speak to the guys at your local crossfit gym - they may or may not be skilled in coaching them but they can probably point you in the right direction.

                      I coach Oly lifting in the UK, but you are in OZ right? With regards to your initial question - start practicing OH and front squats, they will really help.

                      And chima p - why are they "cheat" moves?
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                      • #12
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                        Last edited by kmacphee; 10-27-2011, 12:04 PM.

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                        • #13
                          chima-p what the hell are you talking about lol, have you seen any pics of Olympic lifters? Go take a look, and tell me those guys are not muscular, athletic, explosive mofos. Perhaps before you try to tell me that they are "cheat" moves (the fuuuudge?) you should do some research and see just how beneficial they are for your whole body.
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                          • #14
                            Some Crossfit boxes have good Oly trainers--ours does. He runs a special class for the O-lifts 3 days a week and is NCCP certified (Canadian national coaching cert). I've said it before, but it bears repeating here: there are awesome CF gyms out there, and there are those I wouldn't even consider working out in for my own safety. Not all boxes are created equal.

                            But yeah, if you just want to learn the O-lifts and not do Crossfit in general, find a local gym that specializes in them or check at your local college/university for a lifting club--they are often open to the public. It will probably be cheaper.

                            As for O-lifters and bodies, did you see that video of the women lifters in the other thread? Yeah, sign me up for looking and lifting like that! And "cheat moves"? Have you tried learning to do the O-lifts properly? They're damn hard and require flexibility, stability, and precision along with the strength to lift the weight. In my opinion, they're fantastic because they include more dimensions than just pure strength. If I wanted to just haul a lot of weight off the ground to feel tough, deadlifting is easier any day.

                            I love this article from Krista at Stumptuous on the topic:

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                            • #15
                              Again, not sure exactly where you are but try:

                              Australian Weightlifting Federation - Other Sites
                              Sandbag Training For MMA & Combat Sports
                              Sandbag Training Guide on Kindle
                              The Complete Guide To Sandbag Training
                              Brute Force Sandbags
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                              http://fitedia.com/ - Health and Fitness eBooks, video, audio and workshops

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