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Something new for tonight’s workout: Olympic lifting.

Monday, September 17, 2007 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

September
17
2007

Today’s planned workout is back and rear delts, but I think I’m going to do something a little different. As I mentioned last week, I’m going to take Mastover’s suggestion and incorporate a number of Olympic lifts into my upcoming bulk. Other than “standard” stuff, such as the back squat and the front squat, I have practically no experience with Olympic lifts. I’ve never done cleans, hang jump shrugs, jump shrugs, hang pulls, snatches, high pulls and hang cleans before. I need to get the feel for these exercises before my bulk starts, and that’s what I’m going to do starting with today’s workout. I’ve got to get the mechanics of these exercises down pat using fairly light weights before I go heavy.

I face two additional obstacles with many of the Olympic lifts: I have limited space, and I don’t own bumper plates. With many of these lifts, dropping the loaded bar from a height is the correct way to complete the exercise. I can’t do that in my gym with traditional plates or I’ll crack the slab (and scare the crap out of my dogs!) I’m seriously thinking about doing today’s workout in the backyard so I can drop the plates and have plenty of room.

Several forum members are really big on Olympic-style lifting: Mastover, Chicanerous, George and Zenpharos immediately come to mind. These guys are all very experienced with Olympic-style weight training, and over the years have contributed many helpful posts and videos to the forum. Stalk them if you want to learn more about Olympic lifting. 🙂

ExRx also has a series of Olympic lifts videos here.

Who knows? Maybe someday soon I’ll be purchasing bumper plates and talking about my lifts in kilograms!

AtLarge’s Chris Mason wrote an article that chronicles powerlifter Mike Wolfe?s loss of 76 pounds of body fat and subsequent increase of his competition best bench press from 835 lbs to 859.8 lbs at the 2007 WPO Bench Bash at the Arnold Classic. The article goes into great detail about his diet, supplementation, and also his Westside training methods. There are full descriptions of many Westside exercises along with pictures. I think many of you will find it to be an interesting read.

I think that about wraps it up for this morning’s update. I’m looking forward to my first real foray into Olympic-style lifting later today, and will let you all know how it went tomorrow!

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