Olympic Lifting Competition Video

EDIT: Summary of my Lifting Videos:


The first video is ready of the Olympic Weightlifting competition at West Wythenshawe I went to today. It wasn’t really a competition, but was done under competition conditions. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Bill and Sid from the British Weight Lifting Association were officiating there, which was very nice of them.

My elbow is still not quite 100% and I’m still building up to pre 2008 levels, but it held up well. Certainly I can feel that it’s been used today but it’s not too sore, which is good.

Several things about these lifts. Firstly I am quite pleased that I made all the lifts. I hadn’t even attempted a 55kg snatch this year and also failed to make the 80kg Clean & Jerk only this week.

The snatches looked good. Trying to criticising myself, I think my form was pretty good, though I still haven’t quite got the thigh bounce right.

The Clean and Jerks are clearly a different matter. The cleans were ok, again the thigh bounce needs work. But the Jerks were a bit ropey. The main problem I think is in the dip, I’m dipping too low and I’m pushing my bum back which is launching the bar forward in the air. This in turn forces me to jump forward which means I’m off balance at the top, as can be clearly seen!

It just comes down to practice. Having not done any Olympic lifting for all of 2008 before 3 weeks ago, I am simply a bit rusty. Still the purpose of today was to get experience of lifting in a competition setting, which was well worth it just for that. And of course, it was fun!

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  • Koing 25 September 2008, 9:57 pm

    overall pretty solid form and better then 90% of the videos I have seen.

    Snatch, mostly solid, only negatives are you sort of slow yourself when pulling under the bar to go the bottom of the Snatch, again probably due to lack of practice prior to the comp, but overall the basics look pretty solid

    Clean & Jerk
    Cleans are pretty solid, your elbows are a bit close but that is a trait of some lifters, ovearll looks good.

    Jerks your front foot doesn’t move forwards much and your back foot goes back too far = causing you to tilt forwards a bit and you have to rush forwards to ‘recover’ it.

    Dip : Do this with your back directly to a wall, if your bum touches your leaning forwards in your dip, your back should mover perfectly vertical and your knees push out forwards but just think practice dipping with your back close against a wall. This will sort your tilt forwards.
    -work on not dipping too low, this kills the stretch reflex action in the tendons in your knees that give you huge amounts of power

    Drive : again drive up straight on to your TOES

    Split: as your drivivng up on to your toes split your front foot forwards, it should go travel as long as your foot is. So if you stand tall, stick your other foot in front of your foot that goes forwards. Mark where the heel is, thats where your heel on the foot that goes forwards should be. Your back leg shouldn’t move backwards that much and bend the knee and the front of your foot, so that your heel is high, this makes your Jerk position better and stronger and deeper = you can lift more weight

    Recovery with your front foot going backwards and your back foot going forwards. You should be able to hold the Jerk in position if you have done a Jerk perfectly.

  • Colin McNulty 28 September 2008, 2:16 pm

    Thanks for the big reply Koing. What’s your background in lifting?

    I’m aware my form was not what it could be and have been working on learning the hip drive mostly and getting the bounce of my thighs in the clean. The dip on the jerk I’ve just about got straight down now and not so deep, but it doesn’t feel that strong yet to be honest, I’m having to unlearn a year pushing my bum back on the dip.

    The snatch I’ve been bouncing off my thighs too but really should start to learn hitting above the family jewels, not below. That’s going to be a bit change.

  • JOHN 10 June 2010, 8:14 pm

    HIYA. WHAT EVER URI MEANS I’VE NO IDEA, BUT WELL DONE!! I’M A 60 YR OLD AND TRYING TO GET BACK INTO THE SPORT!!!!!!!!!!! INJURIES AND LITTLE PULLS. WHAT A PAIN IN THE AS… AND THE TIME IT TAKES TO RECOVER. I’VE BEEN ON HOLIDAY AND BACK AND IT’S STILL NOT RIGHT.. THE ONLY THING I HAVE TO ADD TO ANYONE OF A MORE ADVAANCED AGE IS TO KEEP FIT..AND THAT’S NOT EVERDAY MOVEMENT, IT’S PROPER EXERCSIE AND MOBILITY ALTHOUGH YOU CAN, TO A DEGREE, KEEP IT THE THE OLYMPIC LIFTING MOVEMENT. WELL WHAT WITH..KNEES, HIPS ANKLE..THAT I DAMAGED IN AUGUST 97, AND NOW AN UMBILICAL HERNIA FOR WHICH I’M IN NEXT TUESADAY!! I’VE BEEN ADVISED BY A PREVIOUS WORLD CHAMP. THAT I NEED TO WORK ON MY LEGS,LEGS,LEGS. EVEN TO THE ESTENT OF FULL ELASTICATED RAPS.. YOU’LL SEE WHY AS THE C/J ARE WAY DOWN..LEGS!!! THANKS FOR YOUR U TUBES.. ALL THE BEST. REGARDS, JOHN

  • Colin McNulty 14 June 2010, 11:46 am

    Hi John,

    You’re not alone in coming back in after a lot of time off, many do. I hope the niggles clear up. Use it or lose it and all that. Good luck.

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