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Old 12-05-2011, 10:29 AM   #1
Jon Pechette
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Default Power development without Olympic lifts

So for a while now I have been doing 5/3/1 with power cleans or power snatches before my deadlifts and squats (a lot like Gant's EZ program) and running 2-3 times per week for conditioning. The problem is that my university just got new barbells, replacing the old and rusty, but effective, ones with POS Hampton barbells. They're 30mm, the knurling isn't very good, and they don't spin well. As a person with average-sized hands, I can't hook-grip the new barbells, which really throws a wrench in the Oly lifting. I was wondering what I might substitute for Oly lifting to develop power. The only things I could really think of were box jumps or clean/snatch pulls with straps. Or should I just not worry about it and stick with basic 5/3/1? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:31 PM   #2
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Pulls are decent, any jump variations, you can try DB power cleans and the like, and you can do weighted squat jumps - this last one will probably give you the most similar results to actually doing the lifts, but it's also the one the university is most likely to frown upon.
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:09 PM   #3
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That's unfortunate, are you sure that they've disposed of the old barbells then? If so, you may find some use from heavy dumbbell, kettlebell or even sandbag variants. Otherwise, I'm thinking different kinds of jumps, sprints, car pushing and band high pulls may offer some use.
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:56 PM   #4
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Don't discount the use of medicine ball. Sprint starts, jumps, throws.
And if you don't think kettleball squat cleans are difficult, I say, step up to the med-ball
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:33 PM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestions! I'll see if I can get away with the weighted squat jumps. Usually there are only a couple other people in the gym when I work out at 6AM, so I might be alright. If not, jump variants will probably be what I'll go to (no kettlebells or sandbags here, and I'm not really a fan of DB power cleans).
Would it be best to do these before my main lifts like I had been doing for the power cleans and snatches?
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Old 12-26-2011, 04:00 AM   #6
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I had to stop o lifts because of a bad shoulder problems (rugby inj), I ended up with a program that consisted of some front squats (not too much cos of shoulder) and a lot of RDL's and some deadlifts (not too many for obvious reasons).

I did the RDL's pretty heavy with a slow eccentric and very explosive concentric... I actually ended up getting better results doing this than when i was o lifting (in terms of VJ and rugby performance). This was prob because my technique was avg at best on the o lifts and with the RDL's I was getting really good full hip extension, also its much easier to focus on not getting too much anterior pelvic tilt and also getting a really solid belly breath (ive got tight quads/hip flexors so quite bad ant pelvic tilt and prob also why my t-spine/shoulder injuries arose.... like almost everyone else in the western world!).

I did some safety bar squat jumps with but felt like focusing on the hip hinging movement rather than squating movement was helping my rugby more. (plus doing any jumps with a ant pelvic tilt is a pretty horrific idea!)

Hope this helps
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:09 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Derek Weaver View Post
Don't discount the use of medicine ball. Sprint starts, jumps, throws.
******** This to me is an example of what REAL GPP is! The Soviets who invented the concept did not use tire flipping or burpess. They realized that other sports could be used to enhance their competitive sport. Which transfers better to most power sports ? Gymnastics or tire flipping ? Burpees or sprinting 30, 60 and 100 meters and/ or learning to throw the shot with either hand or both ?
Consider coordination,speed,flexibility requirements etc.
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