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Fall In love With Your Bottom!

Position!   One sure fire way to get better at the snatch and clean and jerk is to get comfortable in the bottom position. If you can't get rock bottom, quickly, you're limited in the weight you're going to be able to get under, relative to your pulling strength. Speed is obviously a huge component but that's a subject for another day. The more time you spend in that position, under load, the better.   [...]

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Push Press For The Jerk And Squats For EVERYTHING!

The strength/assistance exercise with the biggest carryover to the jerk is probably the push press. Well, besides squats of course! Let's make that clear, the jerk is a lower body movement. Yes, the bar is in your hands and the weight is supported on locked out arms but the weight gets up there with the power of your legs. If you want your jerk numbers to go up, get your leg strength up. Squat goes [...]

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Push Press For The Jerk & Squats For EVERYTHING!

The strength/assistance exercise with the biggest carryover to the jerk is probably the push press. Well, besides squats of course! Let's make that clear, the jerk is a lower body movement. Yes, the bar is in your hands and the weight is supported on locked out arms but the weight gets up there with the power of your legs. If you want your jerk numbers to go up, get your leg strength up. Squat goes [...]

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Knee Position During The First Pull. Are You A Straight Legged Stripper?

Knees OUT!   As the bar breaks from the floor during the first pull of a snatch or clean it is imperative that you get your knees out of the way. This helps with a straight bar path(good) or the bar sweeping into the body(better). The bar moving out around the knees is, as they say, no bueno!   Knees out and back is going to be better than just knees back for most lifters. [...]

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Overhead Hand Position for Your Snatch & Overhead Squats

Most new lifters have trouble with the overhead position in snatches and overhead squats. Mobility gets the blame more often than not but mobility might not be the whole story. In this Weightlifting Wednesday we're going to start at the top and address the grip, arm, and shoulder position for these lifts. First, your overhead squat grip and snatch grip should be the same. The overhead squat is a just a portion of the snatch [...]

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Weightlifting Wednesday with Coach Taylor – Jerk Drills

Jerk Drills By: Coach Taylor   Just like the snatch and the clean, there are drill to fix and strengthen your split jerk. For example, pausing in the dip will help teach you to not jump forward, keep the bar path straight, and finish your leg drive. Once you have figured out what you need to work on, these drills can help fix the issue.   Too narrow of a split/staying balanced in the catch [...]

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Modifying Exercises to Work Around Injuries – Part One: Lower Back.

  By:  Coach Taylor   Im sure by this point in your fitness or lifting career you know that INJURIES SUCK! But you don’t have to stop training altogether. I personally have a history of lumbar injuries L4/L5 specifically.   In my former life I was a powerlifter.   I had so many back injuries that I decided to become a bench press only powerlifter. For close to 3 years I trained my lower body [...]

Weightlifting Wednesday with Coach Taylor

Strength and Technique pulling under the bar in the snatch First things first, make sure you are set up properly. Grip wide enough that the bar hits the crease of the hips while standing up with relaxed arms. Shoulders over or slightly in front of the bar. Head up, chest up. “Knuckles down” or “Break at the wrist” however you want to remember it. this helps keep the bar close. Weight towards the heel. Elbows [...]