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Overhead Carries for Weightlifters


#1

Hey, CT, I know you are a big proponent of weighted carries, with overhead carries being one of them. How would you program them for Weightlifters? I am on a somewhat low frequency (4 times a week) hypertrophy cycle, after coming off of RSR with normal lift work alongside it, and I am considering adding a day for overhead carries and other GPP work. Thoughts?

Just to be clear it’s stability for jerks and snatches that I am looking for (with jerks being the more important one).


#2

Bump.


#3

Don’t bump a question. I find that disrespectful… as in “get off of your ass and answer me”. I never answer bumped questions and it is often enough to put someone on my blacklist.


#4

Oh my bad, I just didn’t think you saw it since it was starting to get really far down there.


#5

From my personal experience, the best thing that helped my stability in the snatch is to do a full snatch regardless of the weight, i.e., do a full snatch even on your warm ups or if you happen to power snatch the weight do an overhead squat and sit in the bottom position for a few seconds.

I saw Klokov once do an exercise, which I assume was for snatch stability, where he got into an overhead squat and literally hopped across the gym. A bit crazy and wouldn’t recommend it but it shows that you can get creative with these things.

Never had an issue with jerk stability so can’t recommend anything. However, do a search and you’ll find lots of assistance exercises that improve stability.