Speed is Last When it Comes to Getting the Olympic Lifts Right

Aug 12th, 2015

Category: Community

Speed is Last When it Comes to Getting the Olympic Lifts Right

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Coach Dan Bell can be a great resource if you’re looking to read and learn about the Olympic lifts.

My favorite article of his (he has many good ones) is the following one:  Faster is not the Fix

In Faster is not the Fix, Coach Bell lays out a hierarchy of development for the Olympic lifts, and it’s as follows (in order of training priority, with earlier items on the list laying the foundation for later items on the list):

1.  Positions
2.  Smooth Transitions
3.  Rhythm and Timing
4.  Speed

One of the biggest mistakes we want to avoid is trying to emphasize speed when the other foundational elements aren’t already in place.  It can really stunt your growth as a lifter and take a long time to fix (much longer than taking your sweet time to do it right in the first place).

We do a lot of work with variations of the Olympic lifts (from the hang, power versions of the lift, with pauses, etc.) to work those positions and transitions.  Don’t neglect these drills.  Your lifts will be better off for it.