“Nothing, to my way of thinking, is a better proof of a well-ordered mind than a man’s ability to stop just where he is and pass some time in his own company.”

Seneca

So, so, true.  Anyway, I wanted to let everyone in on a fantastic training video resource.  I know I talk quite a bit about the benefits of the Olympic lifts, their derivatives, and “power moves” in general.  I realize that these moves can seem daunting at times, but really, they’re not that hard to become proficient at.  And, contrary to what you might hear from all the rigid technique marms out there, you don’t have to have flawless form to gain from these lifts.  What you need is adequate form.  Sufficient form.  You want to strive for perfection, yes — always! — every rep of every set — but don’t let anyone tell you that you have to have perfect form before you can utilize these lifts.  That’s just bullshit (pardon the French).   I mean, really, just how in the hell are you supposed to ever acquire perfect form, anyway, if not from learning by mistake?  Sure as hell not by tapping out critiques about fuggered-up Oly form on the Internet.  I think this hyper-fear of sub-perfect form stems from the same mindset that would have us all be bad parents for not wrapping up our kids like little Michelin Men before they cruise off on their bikes.  Really, give me a break.  Just get in the damn gym and throw some iron around!  You’ll know good and well when your form has degraded to the point where you need to cease the set.  When you get there, call it quits, go home, or move on to something else.  Adjust your working weight for the next outing as need be.  Believe me, this ain’t rocket science 🙂

Oh, and I guess the link would be helpful, huh?  But first, I’d like to give a hat tip to the guys (and gals, too!) over at Elite Track for pointing these fabulous clips out.  Anyway here is the link to Manuel’s video clips.  Very, very good stuff, indeed.  You might want to suscribe to his collection, as I’m sure I’ll be referencing them often.  And thanks, Manuel, for you generosity in sharing them.

In Health,

Keith

5 COMMENTS

  1. While you may be able to get away with not-so-good form for a while, it will inevitably catch up with you as you progress and get stronger. Hopefully by that time one will have become proficient with the lifting form… otherwise injury is probably in the near future.

    cheers!

    really like your ideas/thoughts

    • JC,
      Agreed. One should never be satisfied with sub-par form, but commit to constant improvement. I liken it to golf, or to my son’s continual batting technique refinement. I’m still fine-tuning, and this is after 30+ years in the game.

  2. Yea, I figured thats what you were getting at. I agree with you in the sense that its a long term endeavor. I simply worry about the dweebs who think they are doing it right when they bounce the bar off of their chest and do deads from the floor with straight legs and a hunched back. recipe for disaster!

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