Learning To Lift At Home

 

I see it so often these days---"Don't try to do the Olympic lifts without a coach!" This caveat is all over the internet. It's probably a good idea for many people, but it does display a lack of ignorance regarding the history of the sport in the United States.

 

When I first started lifting back in the 1960's, there were no weightlifting coaches in the U.S. Noted leaders like Bob Hoffman and John Terpak served as the national coaches for the U.S. teams at the world's and Olympics because coaches were needed to submit the requests for weights in the competition, but there were very few people who actually taught and coached the Olympic lifts. Maybe you were fortunate enough to be within a reasonable drive to get to Joe Mills in Rhode Island, Marty Cypher in Pennsylvania, John Schubert in Ohio, Otto Ziegler in Texas, Butch Toth in New Jersey or Bob Hise in California. Most, however, were not. You learned to lift at home in the garage or maybe from another lifter at the local YMCA.


 

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Weightlifting is the purest power sport. It is also a well-worn path to strength and conditioning, bodybuilding, and any number of heavy iron pursuits. Mastering the Olympic snatch or clean and jerk brings a lifetime of achievement.

 

The principles of weightlifting can be applied to any sport where there is a requirement for explosive power. But, at the end of the day, it comes down to that singular moment when your body moves in a perfect line, you hoist a heap of metal into the air, drop under it, catch it, and stand up with your arms raised high, carrying the weight of the world with ease.

 

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