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Old 08-11-2010, 03:55 PM   #1
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Default if you could start OLY lifting again?

What would you do different? Training, Rest, program set up, anything

I'm just starting OLY lifting from a background of PL'ing and Strongman. I'm meeting with a coach in a couple weeks to learn the lifts. In the mean time i am doing squats, front squat, snatch balances+overhead squats, and some push jerks just about every day.

In most things i have pursued i have found that the best way to get good at something is too surround yourself in it. Part of that is learning from those who have been there and made mistakes along the way. Feel free to share your thoughts and what you would do if you could start over. Thanks
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Old 08-11-2010, 04:15 PM   #2
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be 8 years old and chinese.
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Old 08-11-2010, 04:27 PM   #3
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wow, thanks greg. I was gonna buy your book but now that you summed it up for me i guess i'll just not bother
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:17 PM   #4
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Your question was "what would you do different?" That's what I would do. You posed a question describing an impossible feat (time travel) so I didn't limit myself to the possible.

Don't give up yet; it was a joke.

here's one article for you - http://www.pendlay.com/Converting-to...ing_df_43.html

You're already doing the first best thing, and that's working with a weightlifting coach (I'm assuming that's what he/she is - you didn't actually specify what kind of coach).

Spend time, as you've started to, perfecting the basic positions. Without this foundation, it won't matter how well you understand what your coach wants you to do, because you won't be able to do it physically. Build up the volume and weight very gradually to give your joints time to become conditioned so that by the time you're on an actual program, you're not slowed or stopped by tendinitis and the like.

And you're on the right track thinking that the best way to go about becoming a weightlifter is to spend as much time as possible with weightlifters. It's one thing to read and watch videos; it's another to be immersed in the atmosphere and the culture, and the latter is invaluable.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:40 PM   #5
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I would have started it when I was first introduced to it at 22 instead of now at 29.
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Old 08-12-2010, 03:54 AM   #6
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I have lifted in front of Rip, Pendlay, and Greg, yet I am still a crappy weightlifter.

Clearly I should have learned from Couch.
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:35 AM   #7
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that's not fair.

i wasn't watching.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:45 PM   #8
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I would have never performed the power variations (power clean, power snatch) for as long a possible. My biggest problem, and many of the other late starters I have worked with, was the inability to get under the bar. I spent years performing power cleans for football with very little knee bend when receiving the bar, mostly just spreading the feet and leaning back. When I started training exclusively for weightlifting there was always a reliance to go back to that position when the weight was difficult.
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Old 08-12-2010, 03:01 PM   #9
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This is my favorite answer.

As for my answer, I'd just echo was Greg and Glenn both say about initial conditioning and flexibility issues. In his article, Glenn points out specifically ankle, wrist, and shoulder flexibility. Those were the exact areas of my flexibility issues. If I could start over, I'd really focus DAILY on maximizing my flexibility in all areas, but especially those. I've had a couple injuries/tendonitis that I'm sure could have been avoided with a wiser approach that emphasized flexibility and correct positioning from the start.
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Eat more meat and protein (needed in my start) and move up from a 77 to an 85 faster and with more aggression.
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