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Old 06-17-2014, 12:49 PM   #1
Chris Harris
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Default Confidence Issue...

Evening all....or afternoon I suppose to you folks across the pond.

Firstly I just want to say a very big thankyou to Gregg and Matt and anyone else whos articles I've read while trawling this site.
I have learned so much already and I hold you all personally responsible for making me slightly obsessed with Olympic lifting.

This is my first post so be gentle...

I've been doing the whole general strength training thing for quite a few years now, usually a 3 day split program, trying to find what works and doesn't work...still working on that, haha!
I have always had a keen interest in doing 'O' lifts but due to very tight 'rules' where I train it has always been a bit of a no no.
About 4 weeks ago I thought bugger it, I'm going for it anyway, and ever since I have been watching loads of videos, reading article after article and trying out these wonderful movements at the ripe old age of 32.
I started off with power clean and press as it looked the least scary, even though it's not an 'O' lift any more, and after a few front rack issues (not getting low enough during the power clean) progress was in sight. But want I really wanted to focus on was the snatch and clean and jerk.
I have always felt a little intimidated by these moves as for 1, people in these circles throw around some mighty impressive numbers and 2, it seems like an awfully long way down into those ass to grass squats when your 6'3".

Anyway, i'll cut to the chase rather than detailing my journey over the past month or so...

I find that the cleans are ok but while snatching, if I approach the bar a little timid I usually miss the lift, but if I just relax and go for it (while hopefully maintaining good technique) I feel the lift goes a lot smoother and almost feels easier.
I'm only shifting light loads at the moment 'cause I want to nail the technique before loading up, but when a snatch is good, it feels bloody amazing.
Similar thing in the jerk also. I feel I dont split my legs with enough conviction at times.

Is this just a simple case of lacking in confidence that time under the bar will help to sort out?

Many thanks in advance,

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Old 06-17-2014, 04:07 PM   #2
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First of all, welcome to the Weightlifting world. While I do admire your eagerness to jump on and start lifting. I feel, for any beginner, there needs to be a process to get the body moving correctly; train the nervous system. This alone will provide much more confidence when going for the full lifts. I understand that you just want to whip the bar around like everyone else you see on those videos (I did too) but it's necessary to be patient and kind of ease yourself into it. Otherwise, you're going to develop a lot of bad habits early on.

I would suggest taking yourself through a beginner program that breaks down the movements for you and trains the body to move correctly. I personally saw someone go through Greg's "Technique Development Program" from his book and saw a significant improvement just after a couple weeks.

Also, we do have a guy that trains with us who is around 6'4 and he hits his positions pretty well...that's just going to take some time (and confidence). So my advise is to be patient and take yourself through a beginner program before you start developing these bad habits everyone keeps talking about and more importantly before you hurt yourself.

Feel free to let us know when you have any questions throughout your training.
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Old 06-18-2014, 03:22 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Blake. I watched a video yesterday of you lifting, you can really chuck some weight around fella.

I've just made a cheeky purchase of the book you mentioned.
I will look forward to having a read.

Thanks again Blake.
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:28 AM   #4
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Well I appreciate that...I have some good coaching.

Glad I could help. Good luck with training.
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