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Old 02-13-2014, 12:59 PM   #1
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Olympic lifts strength standard

Hi, I was wondering what sort of strength standard is there for olympic lifts in crossfit. I have started learning cleans and snatches for the past 6 weeks (mainly youtube vids) I can clean (full) 175lbs and snatch 121lbs and I weigh 125lbs. Is that any good?
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:40 PM   #2
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Re: Olympic lifts strength standard

Are you male or female?
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:55 PM   #3
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Re: Olympic lifts strength standard

Male and is 5ft5. I dont go to a crossfit gym just yet. Can only go to one in June as then my gym contract expires. So have been teaching myself through youtube video's.
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:02 PM   #4
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Re: Olympic lifts strength standard

How are you strength-wise in other lifts?

If you have a 300# back squat and only a 175# clean and 121# snatch, I would say you've got a lot to work on technique-wise.

If on the other hand you have a 200# squat with those same lift numbers, I would say your biggest hindrance is just in getting stronger.

That said, bodyweight snatch and 1.4 BW clean isn't too bad with only 6 weeks.
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:12 PM   #5
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Re: Olympic lifts strength standard

Well back squat: 308lbs, front squat: 240lbs, deadlift: 297lbs, press: 180lbs and bench: 220lbs. Been doing wendlers program for 1 cycle so far. So dont know how much it would go up by. I do snatch or cleans just before my workout.
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:40 PM   #6
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Ok, with those kinds of numbers at 125 lbs BW you obviously are not new to athletics. Or if you are you are extremely genetically gifted.

I'd say based on that you probably need a ton of work on your technique - post some videos here if you want pointers.
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:16 AM   #7
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Yes, I was an ex pro cross country mountain biker, I had to quiet after 1 year because of a bad crash with some head injuries. 6 years later I am starting crossfit. Not to compete, well maybe some events held around here if I am strong enough.... Here is a video attached of the snatch from Monday. It feels like I am not going under the bar very quick and that I catch it to high (Scared of catching bar low)
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That's exactly what you're doing. You need to not think about pulling the bar up, but rather pulling your body under the bar.

If there's some mental thing going on with dropping under, try some snatch balances to get more comfortable with that.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:52 AM   #9
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Re: Olympic lifts strength standard

Impressive strength. Dunno that being a cross country mtn cyclist means much but your strength is pretty good.

With pressing strength like that you should be jerking 225 one day.

My guess is maybe you'll fill out if you do more CF and weighlifting and less of the cycling which sounds more endurance.
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That's exactly what you're doing. You need to not think about pulling the bar up, but rather pulling your body under the bar.

If there's some mental thing going on with dropping under, try some snatch balances to get more comfortable with that.
Thanks for the tip, have been practicing snatch balance a bit now and trying to focus to pull myself under the bar.
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