The Illusion of Weightlifting Technique
by Ryan Kyle, Performance Menu Issue 79
"Coaches get into trouble when teaching weightlifting technique as they become too technical, wanting every lift to follow some sort of ideal form. There is no ideal form. Look at world record holders across the weight classes and across the eras and one thing becomes clear - they all move very fast. Where the bar brushes/how it brushes means nothing. How shallow or deep they split on the jerk means nothing. How wide their hands are spaced for the jerk means nothing. To what extent they finish their pull means nothing. What does matter is moving fast and being strong. Below are four areas of technique that are debated about incessantly and could use some clarification."