June 27, 2016
That title in itself is sure to upset a keyboard warrior out there somewhere. And actually he would bring some valid arguments as to why I’m incorrect. So I’m just going to nip this one right off the bat. We DO USE pulls of all sorts of variations to supplement our training. In the sport of weightlifting, specificity is key. So any exercise that resembles the contest lifts the most SHOULD have the most carryover; the key word in that being “should.” In practice, this won’t always hold up as an absolute.
Young coaches, remember that before you address your trainee’s specific needs as a weightlifter, you must first cover their general needs as an athlete and a fully functional human. The fact of the matter is that you will be coaching and dealing with regular people; people who go to school all day, sit behind a desk, stay up late with sick kids or arguing with their boyfriend. ALL of these people will have some sort of movement pattern issue and the most common one you will see is people having problems with a proper hip hinge. And while hinging at the hip obviously isn’t the ONLY thing that happens in a contest lift, it IS one of the most important moment patterns to perfect for the successful weightlifter.
So, onto reasons why I teach the RDL before I teach the pull for the beginning/intermediate weightlifter:
- It helps to pattern a proper hip hinge. Weightlifters (and most adults) will try to quad and low back their way through life. DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN. Develop the hinge pattern the way God intended; with ALL the muscles of the posterior chain involved as the prime movers. The RDL isn’t the only way to develop the hinge; far from it (Wattup to all my Hardstyle Kettlebell homies out there). But it is one of the best ways to LOAD the hinge pattern.
- Your trainee’s pull won’t even remotely resemble what a snatch or clean looks like. This is why when I first introduce the pull, I’ll do it in a complex with a snatch or a clean. That way the trainee will feel if they pulled on the bar the same for every rep. This will help develop the rhythm and feel for when the trainee is finally ready to load up the pull as a legitimate assistance exercise.
We DO utilize all sorts of pulls in our training so shut up if you’ve come here to defend the clean pull because there’s nothing to defend. I simply teach the RDL first for the reasons above.
June 17, 2016
I am a minimalist by nature. So when I caught these guys play with SUMAC a few weeks ago, I was REALLY into their set.
There truly is beauty in the usage of empty space.
Give them a listen and let me know what you think.
Here’s a link to their bandcamp.
June 13, 2016
This tune by the Cro-Mags seemed appropriate to describe training lately. Remember, all the gains you get in the gym are not permanent. Everything in weightlifting is cyclical. Everything you get, you gotta give back and then work even harder to get that extra 1%. In any case, I’m glad to be back to moving how I’m used to moving.
June 7, 2016
When people ask you if you’re still doing artwork.
June 2, 2016
June 2, 2016
To help you zone out through your work day.