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Hi, I think this is a great forum, its brilliant that top lifters write back so often. I have a question in regards to the non-olympic weightlifting Cal strength athletes using the lifts and their variations for increasing power, RFD etc.
I was surprised at the exercise technique shown performing the power clean in some of the videos by the athletes. To me it looked very risky on wrists, knees, shoulders and because there was a lack of triple extension I think it would negatively affect the benefits of these athletes performing the lifts. After all they are not training to increase their power clean but use it as a tool for increasing their explosiveness?
http://calstrengthacademy.com/category/ … e-pro-day/ at 1.06 and 1.12 in this video are examples of what i'm referring to. In contrast the guy at 1.00 looks good (to me).
Because Cal strength is so Olympic weightlifting orientated, has such great coaches and makes the lifts such a priority in their programs I thought the athletes would have better technique, especially before before being 1rm tested and with coaches watching I thought they might have intervened?
I don't mean to offend or diss the athletes in the video in anyway or start an argument. I was just surprised with how the lifts looked and was wondering if somebody could maybe clear up for me how strict cal strength is with technique for athletes using the lifts, if Cal strength coaches would be satisfied with the technique in the above videos and if they feel the technique shown in the videos is taking away from potential benefits if the technique was better (even if it meant maybe using lighter weights initially).
I would really appreciate a reply, thanks
Thanks for the post.... We deserve to get "called out" once in a while!
Technique is certainly prioritized at Cal Strength above weight. The video was shot by one of our interns and it shows some of the athletes in the NFL Combine Prep program making a 1 Rep Max in the Power Clean. Occasionally, a 1 Rep Max regardless of exercise can look rough technically and the clip in question (Mike Smith, OT from Nebraska) making the 130kg attempt is down right ugly. The video doesn't show the rep before at 125kg which looked pretty good and allowed him to put 130kg on the bar.
Bottom line is that we have never had any Combine trainee injured in an Olympic movement and we have yet to coach anyone in the NFL Combine who didn't set a lifetime PR in every event contested... That being said, sometimes and ugly lift will slip through the cracks!!!
Thanks for the reply David, it's much appreciated. Your answer is pretty much what I was expecting and hoping to hear. I would have been amazed if the technique seen in the videos was the norm, but I understand your explanation. (And respect to Mike Smith on a big power clean number!)
I'm amazed and saddened with what you see on certain college football training montages on the net in terms of olympic lifts, I can't believe the coaches sometimes.
Thanks again and best wishes,