When done correctly, these lifts can improve an athlete’s peak force, rate of force production, and explosiveness.
Keep in mind the training frequencies listed here can still vary a lot depending on the person. These are just numbers to keep in mind as you figure out the best frequency for you!
A few years ago, I attempted to bring 4 strength sports together into a training plan for rugby. This time, I want to delve deeper into the framework that makes up the programming of these sports and how we can program them into a usable athletic development plan.
All too often we sit back and make judgments through a keyboard in an instant rather than thinking that this is one moment of a program rather than the whole thing. I know that I have done this, too, earlier in my career (and on the wrong day, recently, too).
I firmly believe you have to start at the simplest movement that you can master correctly and then over time progress from the simple to the more complex movements. Download my basic outline with notes included here.
You might call this The Grand Unified Training Theory: attempting to combine the training elements of Olympic lifting, powerlifting, strongman, and bodybuilding into one single training program.
There are three questions you should be asking yourself before investing in equipment.
Train with me for one day and I will know more about you than I could learn from a year outside the gym. If you spend time with the weights, you’ll learn more about yourself, too.
Clint answers your questions: Olympic weightlifting for Strongman performance? Sumo or conventional deadlift stance?
The over/under style to allow flexion with protection.
Do these both have value and do Olympic lifters even care?
Interview with Greg Everett on his new documentary American Weightlifting
It is time to get you ready to lift heavier more often than you ever thought possible.
Big, strong traps scream power, and the best deadlifters in the world have herculean trap development.
I think it is important to look to the past to avoid future mistakes.
Jensen’s conclusion to the Flexible Periodization Method series.
Teaching the Olympic lifts can be difficult. Using isometric holds can benefit both coaches and athletes.
Shutting out information simply because it doesn’t come from a narrow scope of influences that appeal will limit long-term progress.
Why is it that we have the greatest athletic talent pool in the world, but we don’t turn out world record holders like we should be able to do?
If something sounds too ridiculous to actually work, it probably is. Stick with the tried and true methods.
Whether your sport is powerlifting, strongman, football or any other “strength” sport, the power clean should be part of your workout plan.
I’m taking that freedom to respond to what I believe was an article full of misinformed judgment on training for the sport of weightlifting.
We are the United States, home of the free and apparently land of the weak
Why the hell does everyone who uses the Olympic lifts to build speed and explosiveness feel they need their athletes to work at 90 percent and up of their 1RM?
As gymnastics coaches, sometimes we get caught up in sport-specific strength training because that’s what we know best. The belief is that if we strength train for sport-specific movements repetitiously, the gymnast will not only become stronger during those movements but will have less cause for injury. However, it is that frame of mind in which we fail as coaches.
It’s extremely important that athletes perform Olympic lifts correctly. This means teaching lifts through a progression designed to implement proper form. Doing the lifts incorrectly, which is the case with the vast majority of young athletes, reduces the effect of the lift and creates a much higher likelihood of injury.