The Clean and Jerk and Snatch – collectively known as the Olympic lifts – might just be the most frustrating exercises on the planet.
There’s about a million little things to master and even when you do 99% of them correctly, there’s still a chance you might miss the lift!
In January, we ran a three-hour clinic all around the Clean and Jerk and Snatch. Participants practiced drill after drill to reinforce proper technique and positioning. Following the clinic, we had a six-week Olympic Lifting class that met three times a week to work on the lifts and (hopefully) blow their personal records out of the water.
In our traditional CrossFit classes, we utilize Olympic Lifts and even work on technique. Throughout the Olympic Lifting cycle though, participants dove deep on fine-tuning their technique and practicing accessory lifts to help them improve. Participants had heavy snatch pulls, strict presses from a jerk stance, and many other variations they might not have seen before to look forward to.
For example, to drill down on shoulder stability and overhead position, we introduced Sotts Press, a devilish exercise where you essentially do a shoulder press with a snatch grip…while in the bottom of a squat. It’s the fourth exercise here, and it’s taxing to say the least:
After six weeks, we retested their max lifts. Every single person PRd at least one of their lifts!
I want to give a huge kudos to everyone that participated in the Olympic Lifting cycle. They worked their tails off, and it showed! Everyone improved their technique and have some new personal records to show for it.
Way to go y’all! You #crushedit.