Fully agreed. I lifted with him when we competed in France in 2007 or 2008?
I'd say at least 15-50hrs with a coach but it's a very individual thing. Some lifters take to lifting much better than others. If you have mobility issues that will be a huge issue to work through. If you don't then that will make learning the lifts much faster.
I have some mobility issues, definitely. I mainly have ankle immobility and what feels like an impingement on my left shoulder, when I raise my arm laterally palm up something clicks in place in what feels like my rear delt.
I've found a site called mobility wod by a fella named Kelly starrett. I've put together a morning mobility session using a lacrosse ball, bands etc.
Have you any experience living in manchester Koing? Do you know of many places here that have platforms? I've browsed on the sugden forum and some people have said olympic sports gym isn't geared for the O lifts because it's on the fourth floor of a mill.