Prepare for a long winded post. I know this has been asked a lot, but I can never seem to find an answer that makes sense to me.
Out of boredom, curiosity, and a desire to be more explosive, I have
been doing what I can to learn about the Olympic lifts and training
methods. Training at a powerlifting gym I have learned quite a
bit about the conjugate method in terms of powerlifting. I was
wondering how that would apply to Olympic lifting, if at all. I
understand that Louie Simmons designed his methods based off of
Russian Olympic lifting training, more specifically Vasiliy Alexeyev's
methods of training. However, I have read through "A Complete Guide
For Coaches & Athletes: Second Edition" by Greg Everett and done some
research on line about Bulgarian methods and most of what I find seems
to be versions of concurrent methods of training.
In your opinion, which methods are best for training the Olympic
lifts? Focusing heavily on the lifts themselves with waving
intensities/volumes and daily maxes, or doing something similar to the
Westside methodology of rarely practicing the main lifts heavily and
focusing more on variations of the main lifts and other explosive
On a similar note, how would you program intensity and volume for
assistance work? Would you keep it low volume with high intensity,
focusing on larger movements (i.e. Squats, Jerks, Goodmornings) or
would you use higher volume with slightly less intensity and focus on
strengthening the weakest muscles (i.e. Reverse Hypers, Glute Ham
What would a typical day/week/month of training look like?
Best/most common methods of training for olympic lifting.