April 18, 2013

Apti Aukhadov - EWC 2013

Apti Aukhadov (Russia; 85 kg) winning gold at the recent 2013 European Weightlifting Championships with a 6/6 - 388kg total.

166kg, 171kg, 173kg in the Snatch

205kg, 210kg, 215kg in the Clean & Jerk

Great still photo sequence of the 215kg Clean & Jerk from HookGrip.com

Apti Aukhadov also won the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Games with a 385 kg total...and he is still only 20 years old. To make things even more interesting – this is a training video from a few months back with 180kg in the Snatch...from the HANG.

March 22, 2013

Weightlifting Training Videos 6

Jiri Orsag (Czech; 105+kg) in competition with a 190kg Snatch

Also a 201kg Power Clean & Jerk in training…a legit 200+ kg Power Clean (i.e. above parallel) is still pretty special

More big squats from Milko Tokola (Finland; 85kg) 230kg x 2, then 240kg, and 250kg

2012 Gold Medalist Oleksiy Torokhtiy (Ukraine; 105 kg) with a 200kg Snatch accompanied by Sony &Cher

Impressive combination of lifts by James Tatum (US; 77 kg, Team MDUSA)
Clean Pull + ‘Low Hang’ Clean + (2) Front Squats + Jerk @ 160kg [95%max C&J]


March 18, 2013

Speed Under the Bar

I do not often post about technique on the blog, as I have found words on a page do very little to convey the message I am trying to explain. Demonstrations, or videos, are usually much more effective. What little I have written usually details the importance of getting under the bar in the competition lifts.

Remember, the best weightlifters in the world are the ones who get under the bar the fastest. There are many strong powerful people who can pull upwards of 200kg explosively, but very few that have the ability to get under 200kg in the clean…and even fewer in the snatch. Speed under the bar makes all the difference.

The key to improving speed under the bar is FORCING yourself to move faster. This video is of Milko Tokola, a Jr. 77/85 from Finland, and I feel accurately displays what I am trying to explain. Each and every lift, from first warm-up to his max, he throws his body under the bar as quickly as possible.

Following a steady first pull he transitions to an explosive second pull and then jumps down – not up – to complete the lift. All at break neck speed.

All novice lifters go through a similar progression learning the lifts where errors are corrected – eliminate bent arms, finish the pull, catch in the right position, etc. Going under the bar, and doing so fast, is something that is not always taught at the beginning. I am guilty of this as well, I just assume as the weight gets heavier, an athlete will increase speed under the bar. This key aspect must be taught and reinforced early and often in the learning process - Jump Down

March 8, 2013

Weightlifting Training Videos 5

Dmitry Lapikov (105kg; Russia) - 205, 210 and 215 snatch:

Maxim Mateev (105kg; Russia) - 270kg front squat:

Ivan Stoitsov (85kg; Azerbaijan via Bulgaria) - 295 KG squat:

Artem Udachyn (105+kg; Ukraine) - 270kg rack jerk:

March 1, 2013

Weightlifting Training Videos 4

4 x World Champion and 2012 Gold medalist, Wang Mingjuan, snatching 90kg for an easy double…weighing 48kg (!)

Kyle Hannah with a 184kg Clean at 93kg bodyweight and only 19 years old. Impressive speed under the bar…

Wil Fleming, creator of the Complete Olympic Lifting DVD, with a solid 125kg Snatch

Russian (105+kg) Ruslan Albegov at the 2012 Games: Snatch 198kg, 204kg, and 208kg at 147kg body weight

Not from the Olympic Weightlifting world but super impressive: Ray Williams’ 905lb squat (wearing only a belt). Mastodon…

February 27, 2013

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February 22, 2013

Weightlifting Training Videos 3

Oleksiy Torokhtiy (‘12 gold medalist @ 105kg) lifting at a local meet in the Ukraine-

A powerful 195kg Snatch:

Followed by an equally impressive 240kg Clean and Power Jerk:

From the same meet; 205kg Snatch by Ukrainian Super (105+kg) Igor Shymechko:

No-No-No Squat @ 325kg by Jiri Orsag:

Impressive 300lb Snatch by Rich Froning; 2x CF Games champ…in sneakers: