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Old 05-19-2008, 12:08 AM   #1
Steve Ericson
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Default Splits...Bad for Oly Lifting?

Hi, I am considering starting a stretching regimen with the end goal being able to do the front and side splits. However, during my research I ran across a few people that seemed to think that being able to do the splits is too flexible for oly lifting?

The arguments that I ran across is that elite level Olympic lifters don't train for flexibility beyond what is necessary to perform the lift correctly because it would reduce power, and that you may end up squatting to low when cleaning / snatching therefore promoting injury? Wouldn't it be good to have a little extra flexibility in your back pocket to for instance enable yourself to get a tad lower in the squat position then you normally would when going for that PR? Thoughts...
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