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Get Your Olympic Fix

My Olympic Fixation

I’m obsessed with Olympic weightlifting, and anyone who frequents Fallout Crossfit may already know this by now, but why am I spending the time to profess something that most already know about me? Simple, because we, as crossfitters, can learn a lot from Olympic weightlifters, and, by studying them, we can greatly improve our athletic abilities. Every demanding lift that we do in the gym translates into Olympic weightlifting. The overhead squat, high pull, and sumo deadlift are all lifts that aid in the development of the snatch. The same is true about the front squat, deadlift, shoulder press progressions, power clean, and high pull, which all attribute to the clean and jerk. By bringing all of these elements together into the two Olympic weightlifting movements we are demonstrating our proficiency in all of the lifts that comprise the Olympics lifts. But why does this matter? And, why should a crossfitter be interested in the snatch and clean and jerk? The snatch and clean and jerk each embody the fitness philosophy of Crossfit. Apart from the Olympic lifts, there are no other single exercises that contain “constantly varied, high intensity, functional movements.” Though, it can be said that the snatch and clean and jerk are not constantly varied, but each lift, single handedly, involves high intensity and functional movements with an element of variation. The variation that is comprised of these two lifts is the unique requirement of proficiency in several other movements as well as the speed and power variation that comprise each lift. Olympic weightlifting also places immense stress on the cardiovascular system due to the total moved distance that is experienced during both lifts. In other words, the cardiovascular system must work extra hard to move a heavy bar from ground to overhead in a matter of seconds.  We as crossfitters need to Olympic lift, because I challenge anyone to show me an Olympic lifter who is not sound in any of the fundamental lifts of Crossfit. I urge all crossfitters to train and work all the fundamental lifts with technical determination and purpose, and that purpose being, of course, to demonstrate that mastery with a loaded barbell and two explosive movements.  Below is a link to an article from Mike Burgener’s (the Crossfit Olympic weightlifting coach) Mikes Gym.

– Matt Petersen

http://www.mikesgym.org/articles/index.php?show=article&sectionID=1&articleID=67

WOD:

20 Minute AMRAP:

Level III Level II Level I
800m run

5 Pullups

10 Pushups

15 Squats

800m run

10 Jumping Pullups

10 Pushups

15 Squats

400m run

10 Jumping Pullups

10 Pushups

15 Squats

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