Olympic lifts are great for core stability and work a large number of muscles at the same time. They are very common exercises with most athletes and currently ‘trendy’ in the mainstream fitness industry due to Crossfit. Anyone can learn how to do Olympic Lifts and correct technique is extremely important which can make learning a little frustrating but at the same time extremely rewarding. This clip shows an athlete slowly progressing in technique. He still has a long way to go before he gets it right but practice makes perfect.
iPhone Video Clip (apologies for the quality) – This is Lewis, training to make the U22 National Team and he knows that Olympic lifts will give him the strength he needs.
Watch him as he learns to hold form and improves throughout the clip. He is ‘clear’ on his focus points, he ‘knows’ what to do, but needs practice under supervision which is what he is doing here.
Just prior to this he was bending/trying to pull with his arms and once this was fixed we started to correct his hip movement. His hips are the first thing to move, which is incorrect! Watch as he tries to stabilise and lower his hips into the best start position, by the last repetition you can see he is progressing. At absolute minimum his hips and shoulders must move simultaneously, but clearly his hips are leading.
I find showing clients video of themselves between sets can really help improve and ingrain correct technique as they often ‘feel’ they are doing the right thing but realise they are not when they see themselves.
If you want to learn Olympic lifts please contact me for an individual assessment.
Disclaimer – this is ‘not’ correct dead lift technique and shows the progression of learning ONLY. Only attempt Olympic lifts under qualified supervision.