The goal of the weightlifter is to lift as much weight as possible in the snatch and the clean & jerk, and the technique will be moulded to meet that end.
People using these lifts for other purposes are interested in developing traits that will carry over into their performance in these other purposes… We like these traits: - Improvement of hip and knee extension power - Improvement of the athletes ability to safely and effectively absorb force or decelerate - Improvement of kinesthetic awareness
We like these traits, and we need them. What we don’t need, however, is to mould our technique into such a way that we specialise in the Olympic Lifts…
A narrow stance, feet turned out, back arched to the point of pain set-up for the snatch ‘may’ increase your snatch by half a kilo or so, but will the repetition of that position make you a better athlete?
For us, minimizing the risk of injury is the big one… None of our athletes are going to the Olympics or to the CrossFit Games [not to p*** on anyone’s dreams… Please feel free to prove me wrong...] so with this in mind, performing lifts from and in the safest possible positions that provide the greatest carryover to our other purposes will take priority over a possible more advantageous position purely for the sake of lifting more weight…
No one rises to the occasion - everyone falls to the level of their training… A narrow stance with feet turned out on the rugby pitch will get you thoroughly cleaned out, and arching your back to the point of pain when WoDing or moving house will simply lead to severe discomfort and dysfunction.
Know what you’re training for…
“Sit the f*** down and have a beer…”
~ Coach Collins
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