Dear people, I’m writing to you with a question that might be ridiculous, but I seriously haven’t found an answer to it yet: Are there people in this world who because of how they are built will never be able to do olympic weightlifting?
I’m not saying 250 kilos. I’m saying doing the exercises in general and getting stronger through them.
I’m asking because I started doing front squats a while ago and find them quite fun, I have also been deadlifting. And I would absolutely love to someday be able to to a proper clean and jerk and snatch, because it feels like even for a tall ectomorph like me, it is the best strength-builder. I just don’t know if it’s possible for me because of my built.
I don’t have the money to consult a trainer, I recently spend what little I have on the Inov 8 fastlift shoes and here’s a video of me squatting with a very light weight:
Now the shoes help, but before I used to put my heels on even higher plates. This is how upright I can possibly be now with the shoes. As I am female, I have proportionally heavier hips and butt than a man and I have extremely long limbs. Biomechanically I simply fall flat on my ass should I try to keep fully upright. You can’t really see it in the video, but my legs are very wide as well. It is the only way i can even be remotely upright. There are zero mobility issues in my hips or feet. I am a musical theatre actress and have been dancing for years. My hamstrings can completely touch my lower legs should I go down with a bent back and I have a very long achilles-tendum.
This is a picture of me squatting w/o shoes with feet shoulder-wide, to see the difference:
And the effect of going as wide as I go when I front squat:
The shoes do the rest. So unless there is a secret ingredient to defy physics, I don´t know how I could accommodate the conventional “don´t squat to wide, it´s wrong” advice…
That rather sharp bend in my back has been there forever, my lumbar spine actually is a bit immobile, but I don’t really know if it would make a big difference if it weren’t. My butt would still be where it is now, I guess…
I’m wondering: can I put more weight on this? Is that slightly forward back angle acceptable? Or should I send the shoes back and cry because this isn’t for me?
Next question would be about my arms. I have huge hands, as you can see:
In the video, I have two fingers under the bar. I can hold it with the whole hand no problem, but presently have trouble keeping the ellbows at 90% if I do. I see olympic lifters put there ellbows in quite a lot and the hands out, maybe I oughta try that.
This is how far I can physically bend my wrist: I haven’t squatted heavy yet, but will I choke myself?
Last thing: shoulders. I actually think that might be a mobility issue. Of course there’s no weight on this now, but I’m a bit scared that the slightly forward back might keep me from doing a snatch or even a simple overhead squat… or would that sort itself out once it´s loaded? (i´m scared of trying)
Well, that’s my catalogue of questions- what do you think? Is there a way for me to do this? Thanks a lot in advance for bearing with me!