[quote]Ross Hunt wrote:
I’m just getting started in this sport, but I’ll say a few things and maybe other more experienced will correct me:
That doesn’t seem like very much volume per lift. Is 10 reps enough to develop technique and strengtH?
That seems like a really high load to lift EVERY workout. I find it easiest to make technique corrections with weights in the 80-90% range–heavy enough to demand technique, light enough to make the adjustment.
You have to build up, peak, taper, test, and back off in this sport just as do with others–progressing all the time to heavier and heavier weights isn’t an option. I would be more specific about this, but how to periodize oly training is something I’m still trying to figure out and something that, at present, I leave in the competent hands of my coach.
Maybe others will have more to say about this. And speaking of coaches, how’s your technique? If you’re doing the full lifts, a coach is almost a must.[/quote]
Those ten reps are only with the “practice” weight, I do at least 30 reps of warm-up-lifts with lighter weight.
I currently don’t know my maximum weight on the lifts, for one because I get fatigued durind OL workouts so by the time I’m ready to do a “max” I fail. Second I think it’s a psychological problem to do a max-attempt, I can’t free my mind before a max-attempt and fail most of the time.
I also think my weak link lies in the upper body, not enough shrug and stabilizing abillity.
I didn’t have a real coach to teach me the lifts, but a former national OL champ ('68-'69; he was still a teenager), and I had only a couple of minutes of instruction. That was about 8 months ago, I practiced on my own following articles from this very site and videos floating around the net. He said to me, my form would be pretty decent but can’t tell for sure since he’s not in the “bussines” anymore.