The path to Fitness is paved with a couple different stones. Some of those stones are heavy and meant to be moved only a couple times a day and some are lighter and meant to be moved more frequently and faster.
The first stones we encounter along the way are heavy and meant to be moved only a couple times a day. The movements we use to move them are meant to produce a lot of force while moving the weights as far as possible. The first group of these movements are the Olympic Lifts.
The Snatch and Clean and Jerk. The Snatch has been called the most athletic movement in sport and the clean and Jerk has allowed humans to lift over 500 lbs over head. The only movement in which we have been able to do that. These movements have the unique ability to both produce power and strength. Provided your technique is sufficient, you will get stronger using the Olympic Lifts.
First, your power production will be improved by jumping. Jumping with weight only makes that power production higher. Jumping does a couple things:
- Improves neuromuscular recruitment. That means activating more neurons on your muscles.
- Recruits more muscles and increase blood flow allowing for greater force production later in the workout.
- Jumping with weight allows you to jump higher/farther without weight.
While Jumping is something that we always want to be able to do and jumping higher is just plain fun, there are other benefits to the Olympic lifts. For just about everyone in the gym, improving flexibility and mobility would both help with performance and help you live a healthier higher functioning life. By this, you will be able to do more and move better. The olympic lifts, especially the snatch, will give you the tools to improve your movement. We can use accessory stretching to aid with this, but with the goal of getting into better positions with the lifts.
Next segment, we talk about classic strength training and the movements we use.
– Dutch Lowy
Thursday S&C Workout:
SN pull+SN x1+1,
1k row then 12-9-6 reps of:
DB Push Press,