I was wondering what changes to their training, if any, olympic lifters make when they are trying to loose weight.
I am not exactly an o-lifter, but my training is more similar to theirs than any other sport, and, while in the long run I would like to be a bit bigger, I have been bulking up for a while and am tired of having my pants feel tight on my thighs and waist. (I gained 25 pounds in the last seven weeks, but much of that was gaining back weight that i had lost). I figured I would like to trim up my waist while gaining or maintaining strength.
Also, I was wondering what people’s expereince here of the effect of weight gain on their olympic lifting strength was: I know that the added weight helps powerlifting a lot, and it is evident that heavy weights do better in olympic lifting, but it seems to me that the correlation is less than that of powerlifting. I guess my secret hope is that i can get really strong with o-lifting and not have to bother stuffing myself to gain weight. [/quote]
Olmpic lifters who try to lose weight or maintain weight generally keep their reps very low on all exercises (1-2 reps per set) to keep tissue breakdown to a bare minimum and elicit neural adaptation. Use Prilipin’s table to find correct loading parameters for given percentages and TOTAL reps. Just keep the reps per set at 1-2.
As far as added weight, olympic lifting is MUCH more technical than powerlifting so you are comparing apples and oranges here. My personal exeperience over the last 8 years of O.lifting has been the following: Bodyweight increase = strength gains on pulls, squats and presses (assistance exercises) due to better tissue leverage but minimal increase if any in the classic lifts. (My best competion snatch was 130kg and jerk 165kg at 105kg. 120kg and 150kg at 91kg respectively. Best practice was P.Sn. 135kg and C&J 170kg weighing approx. 103kg.) Olympic lifting is a complex skill that must be PRACTICED routinely and repetitively. The more practice the better.
Hope that helps.