I thought it was time for someone to step up and write what many people are thinking. It seems as though we’re all “hardcore” with weights and know quite a bit about training. Now this Olympic lifting stuff comes out (to the bodybuilding public) and we all want to try it. Fair enough, but people need to be aware of the downsides.
As for why not to do them: 1) As I may have mentioned earlier, people who are working out to look good naked generally have little use for O lifting. Years of slow training (relatively speaking) condition our bodies for that type activity, making O lifting VERY hard on their bodies. We?re not talking a great new stimulus for muscle growth, but rather predisposition to injury. This is something I have need first hand on more than one occasion.
O lifting seems contradictory to body composition goals. If it were great at ?packing on mass? then most athletes would do nothing to but. As for fat loss, they may result in a huge calorie expenditure, but there are other ways of doing that that don?t involve the same risk.
Technique is everything. By repeatedly performing the technique incorrectly, you?re actually programming yourself to perform better? at doing the lifts incorrectly. I don?t believe that anyone can learn to do these lifts properly from a book or website.
Now having said all of that, there?s always a caveat or two. Creed is a shining example in that he?s an athlete and has no chance of getting a coach. He also seems to be doing everything he can to learn the lifts. This is a far cry from some guy who?s just trying to get huge, which is the population I am trying to reach.
People need to realize that trying the O lifts aren?t simply like trying a new exercise, they?re far too complicated for that.
MO, your asking for an explanation is certainly warranted, but your cynicism is not. We?re all friends here, though we may not always agree -but that?s okay! I felt that it?s finally time to give the other side of the coin, and maybe hurt a little dogma.