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Finding an Olympic Lifting Program

Does anyone know a good oly lifting program or place to read up on one. I have been doing 5x5 strength training for quite a while and i have never done an olympic training routiene.

Here is a link to a beginner routine designed by Gayle Hatch.

http://www.gaylehatch.com/begtrain.htm

I think you will probably need to look into getting a coach if you want to learn correct form in the o-lifts though.

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Also some good stuff here:
http://www.qwa.org/programs/content.asp

And here:
http://www.mikesgym.org/programs/index.php

And you may also find this helpful:
http://www.alabamaweightlifting.org/index.htm

Thanks for the good links. I am from close to where you live in Al. Only about 45 min away.

We’re starting a training group; trying to grow the sport here. You’re invited to come in for it.

AL WL tells me there’s not a lot of activity in this part of the state; when I spoke with them they said they were wondering when someone would start up this area. Not kidding, our Local Weightlifting Committee is in Savannah and most of the lifters I met there were from GA.

Also, I know one USAW Coach close by. The last we spoke he was more geared towards sports enhancement for HS teams, but I think I’ll drop in on him on the way home tonight.

I checked out the links you gave and luckly for me there are 2 coaches in my city. I shot each of them and email hopefully i will hear something soon.

BTW I currently am living in Auburn but orginally i was from a town called Phil Campbell close to Russelville.

Sounds like you’re in a good spot. I’ve corresponded and spoke with Les Simonton and Joey Hundley over the last couple of weeks and they’ve both been extremely helpful.

Here’s our LWC: http://www.ga-allwc.com/

We went down to the end-of-years last December and I can’t say enough good about it. The boys are hooked on competition and the legendary Howard Cohen coached me during my lift; just a bunch of really decent people.

Coaching will do wonders.

Focus less on an actual training programme % and such, just get to grips with learning the lifts and get lots of reps in. Don’t max out too often and you will go far.

Koing

Thanks for you help Chris i have gotten in touch with both Joey and Les. I may start training tomarrow but at the latest next week. I am pretty stoked about it. Maybe I’ll get to meet ya at a competition some time.

Looking forward to it my friend. Though I’m not sure when that will be.

The LWC was the learning curve; our goal was to total. The next one will be to move a bit more weight so we’re back in the gym ironing out the technical issues.

That was some “well timed” coaching from Koing BTW; must resist the urge to go heavy as possible as much as possible. One of those things; we all know it but still need to hear it.

[quote]ChristopherWells wrote:
Looking forward to it my friend. Though I’m not sure when that will be.

The LWC was the learning curve; our goal was to total. The next one will be to move a bit more weight so we’re back in the gym ironing out the technical issues.

That was some “well timed” coaching from Koing BTW; must resist the urge to go heavy as possible as much as possible. One of those things; we all know it but still need to hear it.[/quote]

I still rarely max out in training. I go heavy but rarely max out. I leave my maxing out for competitions.

The added strain on maxing out is ridiculous and when your technique is shaping up you can easily injure yourself. So take it easy and listen to your coach. My Gymnastics coach would say “Rush slowly” :stuck_out_tongue: haha

Koing

The SEALs used to say “slow is smooth, smooth is fast.”
Always liked that one.