Archive for the ‘Olympic Lifting Debate’ Category

Joe DeFranco on Olympic Lifts for Athletes

16th of September, 2011

Sep 16 Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.  -Benjamin Franklin

Joe Defranco over at answers questions from his readers. This one caught my eye. Specifically and athlete asks him about the importance of Olympic lifts for training athletes. (more…)

The Case Against Explosive Weight Training: NSCA Rebuttal

28th of May, 2010

May 28 “Football players should not do the Olympic lifts. The safety issue is not with the lifts however; the problem is with the generation of coaches who grew up in the Arthur Jones/Nautilus era. These coaches have neither the time nor the coaching ability to teach 85 players the Olympic lifts. These coaches have never learned how to stand on their own two feet, pick a weight off the ground and put it over their head.” –Lincoln Brigham, an Olympic Lifting advocate, making a wonderful observation about the relationship between effective coaching and picking up a weight with both feet on the ground then putting it over their head.

A Rebuttal to the NSCA Position Paper on Explosive Training

by Ken Mannie, Strength and Conditioning Coach – Michigan State Spartans

(Editor: This article was presented to the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Since it threatens the position of the NSCA, and because the NSCA controls this journal, they refused to print it. We, on the other hand, are not threatened by the truth.)

The subject of explosive weight training is one that has been (more…)

Cleans Claim Another Victim

3rd of December, 2009

“A committee is twelve men doing the work of one.” -John F. Kennedy

Cleans Don’t Care Who You Are, They’ll Injure You Just the Same

The professional athlete Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche. (more…)

The “Dos” and Don’ts of Graphs

1st of July, 2009

I hope that when I die, people say about me, ‘Boy, that guy sure owed me a lot of money.’
Jack Handey (1949 – ), Deep Thoughts

Good graphs are gold. Bad graphs are worth less, worthless.

Recently I ran across a site that takes exception to our common sense approach to training stronger athletes. It’s a typical Olympic lifts are the way, the truth and the light type of site run by a strength coach that teaches the same. The site uses a graph to try to say that explosive ballistic lifting is superior to (more…)

Nature vs. Nurture and Olympic Style Strength Training

16th of May, 2009

Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.  Dale Carnegie

If you follow strength training as it relates to athlete’s one thing is certain. Many people will tell you the best way to strength train to improve an athlete’s performance is to build the foundation of your program on Olympic lifting style movements. The reasoning is that (more…)

Use Common Sense

19th of November, 2004

November 19 “Life is a garden.. so dig it.” -Joe Dirt

Coaches have long instructed athletes to perform exercises quickly thinking that this will be best to increase the athletes’ power. The fact is that the faster the repetition the less productive in terms of developing power and explosiveness. It is obvious that if the weight can be moved quickly then the load is too light to develop significant power. (more…)

Dear StrongerAthlete: Help Me Understand Your Thoughts on Olympic Lifts

13th of January, 2004

January 13 “The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder-a waif, a nothing, a no man.” -Thomas Carlyle

Again, we have gone way too long without a post. Please forgive. Today’s is a good one though and we have removed the name of the author because of the sensitivity of the issue. However, we believe this is just another example of how people with different backgrounds can have open diologue. (more…)

Dear Mature Discourse

1st of October, 2002

October 1 “He’s too big and strong. I don’t know if I could ever beat this guy.” -Mike Tyson concerning Lennox Lewis. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Dear Mature Discourse

Dear Coach Rody,

It’s been a long time since we had a discussion. As I found myself wandering on the Internet I decided to take a deeper look at your web site and send you a few things to chew on. Our discussions have been very cordial in the past, hopefully we will keep in the same line with this new discussion. First (more…)

Back to the Fundamentals… Again

20th of September, 2002

September 20 “Whether I succeed or fail, shall be no man’s doing but my own.” -Elaine Maxwell

Dear Back to the Fundamentals… Again

We are more than happy to respond to e-mails for the discussion of strength training issues. We find it extremely repetitive to hammer home the same points week in and week out. However, just like anything in athletics and life… fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals. (more…)

Role Of Olympic Lifts In High School

17th of September, 2002

September 17 “Too many coaches attempt to learn the tricks of the trade rather than simply learning the trade.” -Coach Johnny Mallettt

Dear Coach Rody,

In one of your articles, you mention a lack of carry over between the power clean (or any Olympic lift) to running. Stating there is no forward lean. I am confused as you use the deadlift and squat. But all three lifts are in a vertical plain…………… how do (more…)