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Will my conditioning & gymnastics suffer if I just focus on OLYMPIC LIFTS?
The truth is that if you suck at the snatch, clean and jerk, working at it will boost your fitness and performance in the gym, at just about everything!
Here’s a question – What limits you in Metcon’s? What holds you back? If you’re like most new athletes, it’s strength. For example, how long do you think it would take to lift 185 pounds from ground to overhead 30 times if your current maximum lift was only 200? …Probably all day, right?
That said, if you could raise your best clean to 300 pounds, how much easier do you think that 30-rep WOD would feel? That’s right, there’s no question – All things being equal, a stronger person is a fitter person.
Pulling from the blocks is a great way to break down the lifts into smaller, more digestible pieces, work positions and reduce time under load. Taller lifters who aren’t able to achieve a proper setup can also benefit from them! #holdtighttakeflight #flightweightlifting #barbellshrugged #snatch #cleanandjerk
The same is true for your Gymnastics skills. If you can raise your press and jerk performance with the barbell, there’s a very good chance that your overall handstand performance will also improve.
But the opposite is also true. Gymnastics and Weightlifting both require a very high degree of movement proficiency. If you can achieve better, stronger positions in any gymnastics movement, you will find carryover to the snatch, clean and jerk. For that reason we always program basic gymnastics drills for our Weightlifters, most often as assistance work after barbell practice.
I hope you enjoy the video. Watch, enjoy and share with a friend who could use the advice.