Tactile feedback and triple extension.  ⁠

As an olympic lifting coach, these are two things that I am very passionate about and interested in...

The triple extension because that's what helps athletes lift the most weight that they are capable of and tactile feedback because it tells the athletes what's going on.... Helps them feel right vs wrong, good vs bad.  

A lot of athletes struggle with getting triple extension because they have the habit of rushing under the bar before they get there, so here's one of my favorite games (because they all swear to me that they're getting triple extension when I see that they're not).  I place an object, or in this case a Craig's hand, a little up and behind the athlete.  I then ask the athlete to perform the movement, even asking the athlete to hit the object (in this case the hand) before getting under the bar.  You hit the object, you win - triple extension.  You don't hit it, no triple extension.  You don't have to believe me when I tell you that...

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JUMP!!! MOVE YOUR FEET!!!

clean feet jump snatch May 28, 2020
 

JUMP!!!! MOVE YOUR FEET!!!

TripLe extension - so important with the olympic lifts and with explosive movement.

Because of this, this is one of the first places I start from when I'm working with athlete (regardless of how long they've been lifting or what they're lifting) - making sure that I can see that the athlete can establish and perform triple extension.

The easiest way to get an athlete to triple extend, in my opinion and in my experience, is to simply ask them to jump. Just jump. It overrides the overthinking and is a natural movement.

However, many athletes - especially ones that have been around the sports for awhile - hesitate and stop themselves because of the rumor going around that jumping shouldn't be in olympic lifting and because they don't see their idols jumping.

Well here's the thing, we're working with light/no weight, and we're working on fundamentals - so right now, yeah, jump. give me some air. Because once we add some weight - empty barbell, 65lbs, 95lbs,...

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