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Old 09-22-2011, 05:19 AM   #1
Mark Davis
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Any good instructional or "how to" DVDs or videos teaching olympic lifts?

I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for good instructional or "how to" DVDs or videos for perfecting olympic lifts? I know ideally the best way to learn and perfect the lifts would be with a coach, but at the time I can't afford a crossfit gym membership and don't have access to a reputable coach.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:02 AM   #2
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Re: Any good instructional or "how to" DVDs or videos teaching olympic lifts?

Greg Everett from Catalyst Athletics has one out based on his Oly lifting seminar. I don't own any others for comparison's sake, but that one is pretty good IMHO.
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:56 AM   #3
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Re: Any good instructional or "how to" DVDs or videos teaching olympic lifts?

Pendlay also has one.
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:05 PM   #4
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Re: Any good instructional or "how to" DVDs or videos teaching olympic lifts?

I've got a copy of "How to Teach and Coach Olympic Lifts" http://www.championshipproductions.c..._GD-02125.html (WFS)

As you can see from the cover, the guy is snatching or OHS-ing w/ way too wide a stance and there are other issues w/ the product: it half-heartedly tries to teach "the scoop" and one of the demo athletes is wearing jogging shoes (WTF?).

However, if you've got an extra 40 bucks after getting either/both of Everett's DVDs (or the mythical Pendlay DVD), this has one big strength: it shows many examples of clean faults and suggested corrrections. E.g., a lift is shown a couple of times and you're asked to ID the problem. The problem is ID'd and a corrective drill is suggested. The faults are not via "real world" examples - rather the demo athletes are deliberately doing something wrong, but if you're coaching beginners or non-specialists it may prove helpful.

Overall it's about 50 minutes with the majority spent on (power) clean setup, faults & corrections, and how to teach the movement. Squat cleans, snatches, push jerk, and split jerk are given a mention, but not enough time is spent to be valuable.

I've also seen Dan John's "Olympic Lifting for Beginners", but I don't have anything positive to say about it.

Your best bang for the buck is to subscribe to the CrossFit Journal and watch all of Coach B's stuff there.
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Old 09-23-2011, 06:17 AM   #5
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Re: Any good instructional or "how to" DVDs or videos teaching olympic lifts?

Awesome, thanks the info guys! Does the Crossfit journal have a lot of instructional and "how to" videos?
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