I have basically trained like a powerlifter the past 10 years or so. I love the sport, as well as the overall hypertrophy it’s given me. In the past year or so I have also really come to admire the grace and agility of weightlifters, and I’d like to see if I have any talent for their lifts, the clean and jerk and the snatch. However, I’m not ready to drop benching and DLing or to use squats only as assistance work; in short, in an ideal world, I’d like to keep cultivating the strength and mass I’ve developed from focusing on PL but also be able to move quickly and gracefully like WLers.
But, part of me feels like lifters kind of need to pick a horse and ride it instead of trying to train for two sports at once, and that I’m setting myself up for stagnation at both if I try to do that, especially since the C&J and snatch require a great deal of technique work early on, preferably with a coach. I’d appreciate any thoughts or experiences. Thanks PS - sorry if I’m overlooking a prior thread addressing this. I see lots of threads comparing PLing and WLing, but not trying to train for both during the same training cycles.