Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Weightlifting and Mobility

Thanks to all those who have attended the Weightlifting for CrossFitters seminars. You have without exception been a pleasure to teach and we hope that you continue to reap the benefits of the seminar in your training.

Those who attended will know that I regard flexibility or mobility as important to the point of critical in olympic lifting. Without adequate mobility, attainment of the different positions will be challenging at best or impossible at worst, with the additional factor of increased injury risk. I describe four stretches for improving the key positions seen in olympic weightlifting. These broadly improve mobility at the ankle, in the squat, in the front rack and in the over head positions.

As I have mentioned at all the seminars, there are a range of resources out there for people looking to improve their mobility. Here is a collection of my favourites:

Scott Hagnas at the Performance Menu - videos of great drills to improve your mobility and 'flow' between positions

MobilityWOD - the popular daily mobility workout by CrossFit coach and physical therapist Kelly Starrett

Bulletproof your body @ T-Nation - by Tony Gentilcore, this has various assessments to make sure you have adequate mobility in the most important areas

Take care of your mobility and your lifting will improve considerably.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

CrossFitters' views on the Olympic Weightlifting seminar

We have had a great time coaching numerous athletes at various CF boxes around the country. Thanks to all those who have come and been such a pleasure to work with. We have included a sample of anonymous feedback left by those who have attended.

"Very good course. Clearly presented. Lots of practical! Approachable and friendly instructors. Brilliant."

"Wish I lived closer to Manchester so I could be involved in more regular lifting sessions with them."

"Definitely planning to add regular Olympic Lifting practise to my training schedule."

"My technique and confidence in two massive lifts has improved greatly!"

"Excellent coaches, very helpful. Would definitely recommend to other CrossFitters."

"Well structured and it was delivered in a systematic way that broke the lifts into easy to follow sections."

"Awesome course guys, informative and inspiring. I think I have taken a lot from this course, thanks for your help."

"Both coaches had a lot of time for each individual and tailored advice from their experience to our needs."

"Great one day course. Loads of info and tips on technique/form. Over time I am certain my lifting will significantly improve."

"Enjoyed a lot, learned a lot and would like to thank you both for a great seminar."

"I think both Jamie and Fay were very thorough in their coaching style and teaching points. Both were clearly passionate and it showed throughout the day."

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Friday, 17 June 2011

Olympic Weightlifting for CrossFitters

Fay and I are running a one-day seminar on Olympic Weightlifting for CrossFitters, at various CrossFit affiliates in the UK over the next few months. Please follow this link to get more info! Olympic Weightlifting for CrossFitters