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Olly Meadows
05-01-2013, 10:50 AM
Hi i have been lifting for 2 months since having surgery on my ACL and LCL. I was wondering if i could have some advice on technique, drills to perform or even a program to be on. Any help would be greatly appreciated. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d00VXeHqLM
Also on another note i have the book a program of multi year weightlifting and i was wondering if it would be advisable to perform the initial week workouts monday to thursday to work on technique and then max out on saturday. Once again any help will be greatly appreciated

Olly Meadows
05-02-2013, 11:56 AM

Olly Meadows
05-07-2013, 07:45 AM

Blake Barnes
05-07-2013, 08:56 AM
It looks like you're shortening up your extension at the top. Keep pushing through the ground as long as you can. Something Greg told me that has always helped me finish my pull is to think about finishing with my shoulders behind my hips. I suggest doing some snatch/clean pulls and really focus on finishing that pull.

You're also diving through in the bottom position. It looks like it make be an ankle mobility issue or a lost range of motion in the knees from surgery. Do some ankle stretches before your lift and I would also suggest doing some Zots presses before you snatch and really focus on keeping your torso as upright as possible.

But all around it looks like you move pretty well after having knee surgery.

Olly Meadows
05-07-2013, 09:13 AM
thanks for the reply, knee mobility is fine but for some reason my ankles tightened up a hell of a lot, been a big struggle getting them to where they are atm but will plug away at that. Thankyou for your imput, think i need to try and keep on my heels a little longer, ill try some pulls and work on not cutting it short

Olly Meadows
05-09-2013, 05:08 AM

i felt it got better towards the end of bar work and the end of snatch portion of the workout

Blake Barnes
05-09-2013, 06:53 AM
Yeah definitely much better towards the end. The only thing I noticed is that you are swinging the bar out away from your body. It got a little better st the end when you were doing those snatch high-pulls + hang snatch. Think of pulling down with your elbows straight up. Keep working on that torso position in the bottom. It's a lot better but I'd say you're still diving forward some.

But great speed by the way! Keep training hard.

Olly Meadows
05-09-2013, 01:08 PM
cheers blake ill keep at it

Olly Meadows
05-11-2013, 09:46 AM

was meant to be doing doubles but ended up doubling 93% of max so ended with a 7kg pb on the snatch for a single all in all good day at the office

Blake Barnes
05-11-2013, 08:26 PM
Great job Olly. Congratulations on the PB! It's a little more difficult to see from this closer view but it looks like you're keeping the bar closer and your bottom position looks better. Keep pushing into the ground and get your body as extended as possible on the second pull. Keep working on those pulls.

Keep the videos coming so we can see your progress.

Olly Meadows
05-16-2013, 10:09 AM

felt very stiff, it seems when im a bit sore i dont pull as well and loop the bar out a bit again so i should prob keep smashing the flexibility work and maybe warm up a bit more when feeling tight


found a clip from the other day aswell i forgot to post

Blake Barnes
05-19-2013, 12:42 PM
Yes, definitely take some extra time to warm up when you're feeling stiff. That 85 is close and I think you're spot on about your pull. You're bumping the bar out a little and the weight is forward. Bring the bar into your hips and drive straight up.

carlos cruz
05-19-2013, 07:59 PM
It almost looks like your donkey kicking at times. One thing that I have heard works in these situations is to thinking of bringing the bar back as well trying to mentally think of landing an inch behind where your starting position.
Definately trying lifts from the hang or from blocks, possibily with the complexes as said before.

Olly Meadows
05-20-2013, 03:01 PM
cheers guys, i have someone looking over my lifting this wednesday so will let you know on what they say

Olly Meadows
08-13-2013, 04:18 AM
Hi just a quick update of how my technique is looking in the snatch. Was feeling especially tight today but managed to get some meaningful work in


Olly Meadows
08-15-2013, 04:59 AM
yesterday session, any pointers would be greatly appreciated