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  • Backward chaining in teaching complex skills

    A key issue that coaches must consider in teaching complex skills is the order in which they will teach component parts. This is likely to have a considerable bearing on…

  • Split Squat

    The split squat is an essential exercise for assisting beginners to learn the correct receiving position for the Jerk. However, the exercise must be performed in a manner that is…

  • Illustration of the need for quickness of movement under the bar.

    Quickness of Movement in the Snatch

    It is reasonable to suggest that all good exponents of the Snatch display two performance attributes. Firstly, they demonstrate quickness of movement as they descend under the bar and, secondly, they display a deep and stable receiving position. However, this article will point to a hidden third attribute.

  • Cartoon of two coaches having a discussion

    Qualitative Analysis in Coaching

    How often does it occur that an athlete is given different advice by different coaches and becomes anxious and confused. For example, the advice from one coach is to work on the technique of the pull and is prescribed a variety exercises for this purpose. However, another coach advises the athlete that their pull technique is good but should work more on fluency and confidence of movement under the bar. Who should the athlete believe?

  • Illustration of the Jerk Balance by Leo Isaac

    The Jerk Balance

    The Jerk Balance is a useful exercise that assists the athlete to master the receiving position for the Jerk. However, it is recommended that the Jerk Balance exercise is included in the beginner training program only after a measure of proficiency has been achieved in the Split Squat exercise.

  • Yanko Rusev Jerk receiving position

    Technique of the Jerk

    The technique of the Jerk is considered to be as least as complex as the Snatch. Often the learning process is unstructured and key concepts are inadequately addressed. The Dip…

  • Example of skill development program

    Types of Weightlifting Program

    It is not always easy to understand the different types of training program that are commercially available as the program purpose it not always overtly stated. The type of program…

  • Intensity in Olympic Weightlifting: How to prescribe

    In Olympic Weightlifting, the term “Intensity” is a parameter of training that describes the relative heaviness of the barbell. In training programs or workout plans, intensity is very often specified…

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    Stages of athlete development in Olympic Weightlifting

    Every athlete will inevitably reach a point in their sporting career where they reassess their potential and the benefit of their commitment to training.

  • Components of a High-Performance Sport System

    Developing a High-Performance Structure in Australian Weightlifting

    Discussion paper on high-performance Weightlifting in Australia written by Lionel (Leo) Isaac.

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