Ben’s Quick Tip #6: Technique Illustrations.

April 8, 2014

I was helping a friend out with his lifting technique though text message the other day (which is an arduous process on both ends.  I wouldn’t recommend it.)  I drew him a few quick sketches to illustrate what I was trying to say.  They looked something like this.

Shoulders in front of the bar.  Shins perpendicular.

Shoulders in front of the bar. Shins perpendicular.

Extend at the hip.  The bar travels towards your center of mass.

Extend at the hip. The bar travels towards your center of mass.

Hips connect.  The combined forces send the bar directly behind your ears (at receiving position).

Hips connect. The combined forces send the bar directly behind your ears (at receiving position).

3 Responses to “Ben’s Quick Tip #6: Technique Illustrations.”

  1. camilog75 said

    Best illustrations yet. I want a shirt.

  2. Mark said

    Hi Ben!

    Why do the shoulders need to be in front of the bar in pos 1 (and in the start position probabl then as well)? Wouldn’t the relation shoulders and bar defined by the lifters limb and torso length?

    Would like to hear your reasoning. Thanks and keep up the nice blog!

    Cheers
    Mark

    • bclaridad said

      I’ve seen people of all shapes and sizes and as it turns out, no one is really all that special when it comes to body type. The shoulders will be in front of the bar as the bar clears the knee; how much so depends on the lifter’s style and body type.

      (Edit: this view and all of my views are subject to change. The longer I stay in the sport, the more I learn. This is just my findings so far.)

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