CrossFit Discussion Board  

Go Back   CrossFit Discussion Board > CrossFit Forum > Starting
CrossFit Home Forum Site Rules CrossFit FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Starting For newcomers to the CrossFit methodology

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-26-2015, 08:26 AM   #1
Brandon Wozniewicz
Member Brandon Wozniewicz is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Amarillo  TX
Posts: 5
Learning the Olympic Lifts

For a beginner, is it better to start learning from the floor, or a hang position; and is it better to catch in a power or full squat position when starting to learn the movements?

Thanks
  Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2015, 11:37 AM   #2
Marshall Flagg
Member Marshall Flagg is offline
 
Marshall Flagg's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Gardnerville  NV
Posts: 372
Re: Learning the Olympic Lifts

Yes. You are not going to find a definitive answer although most would probably say some version of top down. There is no point in forcing someone into the full movement right away if they can't get into a reasonable bottom position.

The best way to learn is to find a real WL gym with a real WL coach and learn. You might be lucky and have a CF gym nearby with a solid WL program.

Obviously, there is a myriad of coaching/techniques/tips online. It can be done alone but it's really hard.
  Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2015, 12:20 AM   #3
David Meverden
Member David Meverden is offline
 
David Meverden's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Charleston  SC
Posts: 2,801
Re: Learning the Olympic Lifts

Whenever learning something new best to always start with a coach, even if that coach is just conveying knowledge to you through a book or series of videos.

So, in short, find a teaching progression for the o-lift you want to learn and follow that. Do NOT rush moving on to the next step in the progression. If you want to learn it right then that means being patient.

Most will teach it from the top down.
__________________
CERTIFICATIONS: CSCS, CrossFit LVL 1
SEMINARS: Starting Strength, Ultimate Advantage, CFE, CF O-lifting, MovNat
  Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2015, 03:37 PM   #4
Jon Hanover
Member Jon Hanover is offline
 
Jon Hanover's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Boulder  CO
Posts: 316
Re: Learning the Olympic Lifts

Quote:
Originally Posted by David Meverden View Post
Whenever learning something new best to always start with a coach, even if that coach is just conveying knowledge to you through a book or series of videos.

So, in short, find a teaching progression for the o-lift you want to learn and follow that. Do NOT rush moving on to the next step in the progression. If you want to learn it right then that means being patient.

Most will teach it from the top down.
Agree 100%. You can transition out of a gym, but if you're learning the lifts, a keen eye and proper coaching is worth the initial investment.
__________________
Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac... It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2015, 12:00 AM   #5
Kenneth Cheung
Member Kenneth Cheung is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Shanghai  SH
Posts: 187
Re: Learning the Olympic Lifts

agree with the above, find a coach.

also, use a PVC, we have Chinese national team coaches come and coach at our box on a 12week cycle, the first 6 weeks are all done with PVC.

if you're really interested the CF weightlifting cert is worth taking as it'll give you the basic points of performance to follow.
__________________
L1//Rowing Cert//Endurance Cert//Mobility Cert//FMS L1//L2//Weightlifting L1//Kettlebell L1
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2015, 06:49 AM   #6
Brendan McNamar
Affiliate Brendan McNamar is offline
 
Brendan McNamar's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Glendale  AZ
Posts: 2,215
Re: Learning the Olympic Lifts

Panhandle Power Olympic Weightlifting Club

PANHANDLE POWER
1601 S. Travis
Amarillo, TX 79102
Club: #26013
Phone: (806) 379-9411
__________________
Nomadic CrossFit Coach
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2015, 03:54 PM   #7
Nik Nichols
Member Nik Nichols is offline
 
Nik Nichols's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Quinlan  TX
Posts: 21,251
Re: Learning the Olympic Lifts

Start light, stay light, work form till you have it dialed in. Don't go heavy early and develop bad technique. Go through all the forms. Work through them all.
__________________
49/M/5'7''/175lbs ''Take pain.'' quote: Mr Jenkins
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2015, 04:57 PM   #8
Chris Sinagoga
Affiliate Chris Sinagoga is offline
 
Chris Sinagoga's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Madison Heights  MI
Posts: 358
Re: Learning the Olympic Lifts

Brandon I would suggest picking one thing about the movement each day to focus on. Not the movement itself.

For instance, say you want to work on the strength in positions for the clean, I would practice the movements in the following order:

Squat
Kettlebell swing
Box jump
Wallball
Hang clean
Clean

If you are working on timing, practice:

Kettlebell swing
Kipping pull-up
Skilled Rope Climb (WFS)
Skill Burpee
Hang clean
Hang clean
More hang clean

Basically, have a good understanding of why you want to do a clean in the first place then your drills will naturally reflect that.
__________________
-formerly Chris S on main site. Now posts as Champions Club.
Champions Club/CrossFit Athletic Group (w/fs)

Last edited by Chris Sinagoga : 12-18-2015 at 04:57 PM. Reason: Crap, forgot to add WFS
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2015, 11:49 AM   #9
Brian Diez
Member Brian Diez is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: May 2007
Location: East Meadow  NY
Posts: 217
Re: Learning the Olympic Lifts

Are you asking for you or are you trying to teach it to someone?
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New to CF, learning Olympic Lifts? Harrison Holtz Exercises 11 05-05-2013 01:29 PM
Learning the Olympic Lifts William Miller Exercises 9 11-15-2012 12:18 PM
Learning Olympic Lifts William Miller Exercises 7 08-21-2012 12:48 PM
Learning Olympic Lifts = Bleeding Shins? Butch White Exercises 4 02-04-2005 08:26 PM
Learning/Progressing Olympic lifts Leo Starting 5 06-17-2004 11:00 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:14 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
CrossFit is a registered trademark of CrossFit Inc.