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Old 11-07-2012, 08:57 AM   #1
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Learning the Olympic Lifts

Okay, I am tired of sucking at the Olympic lifts and have decided to focus on learning proper technique. I plan to use the California Strentgh progressions. My plan is to practice the first step. When I have it down I will record it and post to digital coaching to verify I have it down before moving on to the next step of the progression. And continue until I have learned the full lift technique.

My question is which lift to start with. Snatch or clean? Snatch is harder, but I suspect the clean would follow easier than doing it in the opposite order. Or should I do both at once?
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:05 AM   #2
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Re: Learning the Olympic Lifts

IMO, you should do both at once but not in the same training session.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:09 AM   #3
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Re: Learning the Olympic Lifts

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My question is which lift to start with. Snatch or clean? Snatch is harder, but I suspect the clean would follow easier than doing it in the opposite order. Or should I do both at once?
Both at once? I'd love to see that. J/k.

Yes, do both. They feel different cause of where the bar hits your hips/thighs. Some lifters can get the cleans high into their hips, but I hit upper thigh.

If you're talking about doign them in the same session, well, I think the snatch is better to do first, due to the weights being lighter, and the margin of error being smaller, requiring freshness and more concentration. IMO.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:48 PM   #4
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Re: Learning the Olympic Lifts

I would recommend doing both each workout, but doing snatch first. When you are just starting to learn, start with snatch, as soon as you get to a full snatch, (1st or 2nd workout I assume) go ahead and go through the learning steps with the clean.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:57 PM   #5
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I would recommend doing both each workout, but doing snatch first. When you are just starting to learn, start with snatch, as soon as you get to a full snatch, (1st or 2nd workout I assume) go ahead and go through the learning steps with the clean.
Just so I am clear, you are saying do get through the 3 steps of the snatch and then start the clean progressions. Then once I am doing the full snatch and full clean I should do both in each session.

How well should I have each step down before moving on? I know I struggle to get full extension even in the first steps of each.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:59 AM   #6
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Re: Learning the Olympic Lifts

I will disagree.

Most good Olympic coaches teach the snatch first. If you are starting from the beginning start with the snatch by itself.

I highly recommend the Catalyst Athletics's book and DVD. Get the Olympic Weightlifting for Sports it is simpler for learning the Olympic lifts for CrossFit.

http://www.catalystathletics.com/index.php
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:18 PM   #7
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Re: Learning the Olympic Lifts

Hi William.

I am just like you.. I wanna put some time and effort in the OLY's. I just got Greg Everett's: Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches and its awesome! Detailed and great progressions along with other very useful stuff.

Get it!!
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:04 PM   #8
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Re: Learning the Olympic Lifts

Brendan, do you know who Glenn is?

If you don't,

Someone told me earlier this year. Blair don't overthink it. The Clean is like a snatch but your hands are closer and you go to a front rack and hit on the legs at a different spot because of the distance. I paraphrased what he said because I think he used one sentence to say it. Well, maybe like half the words. And it wasn't Glenn.

Are you ever gonna do a video series on the Jerk, Glenn? I'm sure it's out there on the old DVD...somewhere but I couldn't get it when it popped up awhile back.

Cleaning is far easier than Snatching, IMO.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:44 PM   #9
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Brendan, do you know who Glenn is?
I didn't recognize his typing, am most familiar with his voice from off camera.

Actually I didn't look at the name on the comment. In my defense he also said start with the snatch so for once I didn't stick my foot in my mouth.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:18 PM   #10
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Re: Learning the Olympic Lifts

Glenn with his beard looks nothing like Glenn sans beard.

It would be hard to recognize him from those Cal Strength progression videos besides the voice and build.
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