“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.”
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.