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David Stout 07-16-2008 12:03 PM

Question about O-Lifts & PM WOD
This is a question directed for Greg, but I'd appreciate input from anybody else.

I've gotten really, really interested in the PM WOD and am thinking about giving it a go. I've had a reasonable amount of instruction on the O-Lifts from my CF Cert as well as a week of privates with an O-Lift coach. However, I'm not receiving ongoing coaching on the lifts.

That being said do you still recommend a program such as the PM program that is focused around these lifts. In other words, can substantial return on investment (R.O.I.) be gained if I'm not being looked at by a coach routinely?

Hope my question makes sense, and ANY feedback is most appreciated.


Joe Hart 07-16-2008 02:11 PM

you have more oly coaching than me (I have zero other than advice from here) and I have been benefitting from the CA WOD. Give it a swing, see how it goes, if it doesn't do what you want try something else.

Greg Everett 07-16-2008 04:36 PM

I agree with Joe. Yes, with sub-optimal technique it won't deliver quite the same results, but you're going to be able to improve your technique substantially. Hang out here, post videos, ask questions, watch videos, look at photos... It will come together for you.

I would recommend, however, starting with a strength cycle rather than with the current one. In 3 weeks, we'll be starting a new 16-wk cycle - that would be the ideal time to jump in. Until then, get as much tech practice in as you can.

David Stout 07-16-2008 06:16 PM

Awesome that's what I was hoping.

While I didn't expect the results a competitive lifter with a coach for example could get, I still thought significant progress and goals were possible.

Thanks for the replies and I will stand by till the next cycle.


Jacob Rowell 07-17-2008 05:26 AM

From what I've experienced, you'll get a lot more out of the CA WOD after not only some basic strength training (as mentioned above), but at least a few months of frequent o-lifting.

For most who come from a CrossFit or basic strength training background, strength won't be the real issue when it comes to putting more weight on the bar when you begin weightlifting, but rather a technique deficit. You'll probably be able to work at a higher volume and intensity than called for in the CA WOD for awhile as your maxes continually improve with technique.

Hell, I can still work at 95% of my snatch on a good day without too much effort (damn loopy 2nd pull!). Spend some time with teh bar, and before long you'll need some better programming, and you'll start to hear the CA WOD calling your name...

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