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Old 01-06-2009, 10:15 AM   #1
Graham Carless
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Asymmetrical Lifting

Hi, Happy new year.

Just wondered what peoples views are on lifting barbells etc with an imbalanced weight. I don't mean do it all the time but just to mix things up a bit and keep the workouts constantly varied.

Just want to know if people have played around with this and how it has affected them (have say: a fran time shot up with a funny loaded bar?)

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Old 01-06-2009, 10:47 AM   #2
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Re: Asymmetrical Lifting

People have done that sometimes just for variety. There is even a video I believe somewhere. I'm not sure anyone has done this enough to recognize imbalance lifting as a direct cause of better fran times or what have you. But feel free...
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:55 AM   #3
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Re: Asymmetrical Lifting

search for "uneven grace"
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:21 AM   #4
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Re: Asymmetrical Lifting

I think it's a waste of time.

Let's say you're trying to do overhead squats or bear with 100 lbs (95 lbs plus an extra 5 for the "uneven-ness") or instead you just do either with 135. All the benefit of the extra work of stabilizers is wasted by the light load.

There's only so many hours in a day, why waste them on something inefficient while instead you can be working on the rings or squatting/pressing/deadlifting or doing the "even" wod?
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:28 AM   #5
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Re: Asymmetrical Lifting

If you want to mess around with that kind of stuff, I would use sandbags or one of those water tube thingies. Doing it with a barbell just sounds too dangerous--and kinda pointless.
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:50 AM   #6
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Re: Asymmetrical Lifting

Try lifting weights in heavy seas.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:20 PM   #7
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Re: Asymmetrical Lifting

I second what Tim and Leonid stated. I think odd object lifts would be more useful than assymetrical lifts. I think unilateral training like one arm dumbell bench press or the bent press are useful, but I wouldn't use them in a metcon.
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:07 PM   #8
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Re: Asymmetrical Lifting

Thanks for the responses and I will check out those videos.

I can see that the more imbalance there is then then the less weight you may lift. This might mean less power output (which is a waste of time!).

Should be good to play around with and not used for a metcon, like Donald said. Cheers
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:27 PM   #9
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Re: Asymmetrical Lifting

I agree with everyone else. Odd objects are great, single leg or single arm movements are great. Asymetrical loading seems like a waist of time and defeats the purpose of why we use barbells in the first place.
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:55 AM   #10
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Re: Asymmetrical Lifting

Sounds like you're looking for a slosh pipe :-)

I'm played with asymmetrical loading when a workout called for slosh pipe holds and I didn't have one i.e. instead of holding a slosh pipe overhead, I held a barbell that I gripped off center.

It engaged the core well, but was still a poor substitute for the instability of the real thing.
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