I am, like a lot of people, someone that is coming to the Oly Lifts very late in my lifting life. I have spent the past nearly 30 years benching, squatting, and deadlifting. I have been trying to re-ignite my interest in training so about 2-3 weeks ago I decided to watch some videos and go all Olympic on myself. My questions are as follows:
I have horrible elbow/wrist flexibility, when I clean the bar I can’t rack it per se, so I just hold it in front like a jacked up OHP and then push it up. This means, for me any way, that I can’t get deep to catch the weight, so I just yank it off the floor and grab it with a slight knee bend (rather than a full squat) As you can imagine this is pretty limiting weight wise, so I can’t pull more than 275 lbs to my shoulders this way. What would you recommend to help get my elbows up?
My shoulders are pretty tight as well, so snatching is an issue, if I drop into the hole all the way my shoulders and torso come forward with the weight, so right now my “snatch” is a big ass loop with again a slight knee bend, anything over 185 stalls at about my eyes so when/if I try to dip under I just fall forward. So how would you address sloppy forward lean and shoulder tightness?
I still do the powerlifts, but more as maintenance than anything else. To get good at the O Lifts do I have to give up benching?
Thanks for the help.