3 Reasons Why I Wish I Learned Olympic Weightlifting Earlier
1) Although the Olympic lifts are considered complicated, they are excellent for developing athleticism and coordination. Learning to transition from one position into another position with speed and accuracy has great carry over to sports. Greater athleticism is in simple terms the ability to move without inhibition and pain.
2) From years and years of powerlifting and strongman work, my mobility never had to be great. Good was good enough as each lift is fairly simple. "Good enough" mobility has led to some painful times in my life. Performing the olympic lifts forces you to focus on mobility which leads to greater health. Health is always # 1. Without your health, you have nothing.
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3) Olympic lifters have a unique type of strength as do strongman lifters. The speed and strength required to rip a weight from the ground to an overhead position requires tremendous strength speed. I always heard powerlifters complain about olympic lifters stating they weren't strong but you CAN have the best of both worlds.
- You'll also notice Olympic Lifters often times find special exercises that increase their athleticism, also, leading to greater benefits in health and overall performance. I've posted some unique exercises below from Dmitry Klokov and these special exercises are reminiscent of many of the photos I've seen in older Russian training manuals.
Below is Travis Mash, first man to beat Ed Coan's 220 lb class world record in powerlifting, also a top notch Olympic Lifter.
Travis will be at The Underground Strength Gym soon to unleash his knowledge for lifters, athletes and coaches of all levels and types, see the details below!
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Unique Warm Up & Mobility With Dmitry Klokov
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Learn To Lift Weightlifting Seminar Coming to Underground Strength Gym in Manasquan, NJ
On Friday, August 2nd
Led By World Record Holder, Travis Mash
More Details HERE * ALL Ability Levels Welcome, From Beginners To Advanced *