The third tell tale sign that a clean or snatch needs some attention is through excessive lateral displacement of the feet during the catch. Or as I like to call it, the Starfish.
Olympic lifts are great for developing lower body power. Many athletes will lose a large part of this opportunity to develop the lower body drive by never fully extending the hips and basically jumping from the ankle and then pulling with the upper body, never 'getting out of' their hips.
The number one complaint I hear from hockey players and coaches regarding the clean is, "we/I don't do them cause they hurt your wrists." This is the by-product of a poor upper body catching mechanics, which leaves the elbows down at the sides, and places the full momentum of the bar down onto a flexed wrist.
"It'll stunt their growth," "only do bodyweight," "they will get hurt!" Ultimately whether or not to incorporate traditional 'resistance' training depends on the individuals emotional maturity, NOT biology.
My contention is this: why is it ok, even encouraged for men to pursue sport with every fiber, regardless of the toll on their body, scars, weight gain, injury; but women are only expected to do so as long as they remain "feminine"?
As a coach my job is to identify the factors that are going to have the greatest impact on each individual and then CONSTANTLY reassess and reprioritize in order to facilitate maximal training effect for each athlete!
Olympic Lifting, or Weightlifting, refers specifically to the disciplines of the Snatch and Clean and Jerk. These movements are highly technical and the ultimate expression of power! DISCLAIMER: First things first. Coaches, if you don't know how to perform and coach the lifts, DON'T! There are plenty of other ways to program for power development. … Continue reading Olympic Lifting For Hockey: Why I teach the catch
Chances are "Jimbo" who told you not to do deadlifts cause they hurt your back (he knows because he hurt his back deadlifting) actually got hurt for one of five reasons.
As the beginning of another hockey off-season is here, and all of the athletes are returning to regular training; I find myself speaking with potential new clients (athlete and parents). Usually that conversation starts with me asking, "what is it I can do for you?"
In every interaction there is what was said and what was heard; and they aren't always they same thing. Who's job is it to make sure that communication and understanding mesh?