Common Problems Learning the Olympic Lifts

Like I talked about last post, one of the ways to force your body to make continued progress is to increase the complexity of exercises you throw at it.

By doing so, you’ll build new neural pathways and become more efficient and coordinated on a neuromuscular level.

The Snatch and Clean and Jerk are 2 exercises that are at the height of technical complexity.

Master these exercises and you’ve mastered the most efficient and powerful tools in your exercise toolbox.

Today, I’m going to be talking about some technical stuff and for the not real bright in the room who don’t care about technique it won’t really have any lasting effect.

But for the intelligent MMA fighters and fitness enthusiasts here who understand that progression from white to black belt in all disciplines is the goal of all training including strength and conditioning, today we’ll go through how you can start using the Olympic lifts to continue making progress in your performance and fitness for life.

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Be ready to invest time and energy in learning things properly and you’ll be on your way to mastery.

As I’ve worked with fighters at all levels over the past 6 years, I’ve come across very few who were using the Olympic lifts.

Some have even displayed absolutely horrible form.

But if you’re in this boat, I’ve come to realize that it’s not your fault.

A few months ago, when I first started training with a high level fighter, I asked him all about his exercise history.

We talked for a while and then I asked, “Have you ever done the Olympic lifts?”

“Yeah, a few times, but I’ve never really been taught them properly.”

“OK, show me your form.”

He went on to perform a few reps of the Power Clean and it was clear that it wasn’t an exercise we’d be using until I taught him proper technique.

I then asked, “How were you taught the lifts?”

He replied, “They were usually in the middle of a circuit, so…”

BINGO.

Running groups of guys through circuits, spending 20 seconds explaining each station, with stations that include technical exercises like the Cleanis NOT the proper way to teach or learn the Olympic lifts.

Circuit Training

I don’t blame you for being distracted when you were trying to learn good technique…

Brutal.

Dangerous.

And completely unacceptable!

These lifts are not meant to be taken lightly and doing so will crush any who show this level of disrespect.

When watching these guys and other beginners execute the Olympic lifts, I’ve been able to observe common problems.

Knowing these points and how to fix them will help you know what to look out for when you start training with the O-lifts.

Common Problems With the Olympic Lifts

Problem #1 – Lack of Understanding of Proper Technique

One aspect of the old Soviet system of churning out Olympic athletes that I greatly respect is the time they took to educate their athletes in the science behind what they had them do on a biomechanical and physiological level.

For the athlete, this leads to a deeper level of understanding of their craft and helps them execute more successfully.

Understanding both the technical aspects of the Olympic lifts as well as why each element is there will go a long way towards your safe and effective use of these powerful exercises.

What I’ve done is my BIOMECH Breakdown of the lifts so you understand each phase and its importance, giving you the foundation you need for proper execution.

BIOMECH Breakdown

Problem #2 – Poor Mobility

The areas where mobility is most needed is in the ankles, hips and/or shoulders, which is pretty much everywhere. 😉

Unfortunately, the latter 2 are areas where regular MMA training (fight stance, guard, getting your neck cranked, etc) and modern society (sitting and driving) cause restrictions.

Addressing these areas is necessary for being able to properly do the Clean and Jerk and especially the Snatch.

I’ve personally had to spend a great deal of time on my hips and shoulders.

My hips from years growing up playing hockey without performing any compensatory stretches or exercises, and my shoulders from the first couple of years of weight training where all I did was Bench press and Bicep curl. [Which way to the beach?]

From my personal tightness and experience, static stretching just didn’t work for me.

But I’ve uncovered a few critical dynamic mobility exercises for quickly fixing these troublesome areas up that I’m going to guide you through.

Problem #3 – Bad Movement Patterns

Incorrect training in the past has to be broken down, deconstructed and re-programmed for correct technique.

You start by stopping the full lift that you’re trying to fix and start performing component parts of it properly.

This allows you to develop the proper patterns while avoiding the old, inefficient movements you used to do.

Then, you progressively put the movements together until you end up with the full lift in flawless technique.

I’ve used the BIOMECH Breakdown of the Snatch and Clean and Jerk to create a step-by-step program that starts from the ground up.

I call it the “Rapid Mastery Training Sequence” (RMTS) and it involves 4 levels:

  1. Fundamental Patterning
  2. Isolated Movement
  3. Level 1 Integration
  4. Level 2 Integration

Once you complete Level 2 Integration, you’re ready to put it all together and start banging out quality lifts.

I’ve put all this together in a program designed specifically for guys who have never done the lifts or guys who have done them before but know they need to improve their technique.

If you’re in this group, the Olympic Lifting Mastery Course is for you.

The Olympic Lifting Mastery Course

The Olympic Lifting Mastery Course is now LIVE: check it out here.

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JasonDel
JasonDel
8 years ago

Hey Eric I hope I’m not too late! I just heard about this contest and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I just started working out at a gym that has olympic lifting platforms, bumper plates, the whole nine yards. But most of the guys there are not very friendly and aren’t really into helping out newbies. I’ve tried asking for help a couple of times but just got shrugged off. So I started watching videos on youtube and tried learning the exercises, but find it difficult to learn from the videos I’ve watched. One of the trainers even kinda made fun of my form when I was working on them. I’m sure my form is not good, but I’m going to keep at it. I want this program because I want to be able to walk in the gym and start banging out reps in good form… Read more »

Johnathan Gruber
Johnathan Gruber
8 years ago

Hi, I recently purchased your MMA training program and have really enjoyed it so far. I currently work as a personal trainer and enjoy learning and sharing new ideas from some of the less commercialized materials/trainers out there. I believe I am one of the few trainers out there that has not gotten into the whole “functional training” kick. I believe all training is functional when relying on bodyweight exercises and basic weight training. The olympic lifts I currently use routinely are squats, deadlifts, and power cleans. I would like to incorporate more lifts such as the snatch and clean and jerk among others but would like proper training. Unfortunately most of my training has been through trial and error over the years and through learning by reading and observing. I am also currently in Puerto Rico studying for nursing school so my resourses are quite limited here. Lastly, I… Read more »

Will T
Will T
8 years ago

The reason I want to win the Olympic Lifting Mastery Course is because I want to become a stronger and more explosive fighter. I was never a power lifter in high school because I was the tall, scrawny wide receiver and post player with back problems. I was never taught proper technique or form for Olympic lifts, much less standard lifts like squat, bench press and deadlift, so I was never able to reach my potential. I am now an aspiring mma fighter and have a little under a years experience under my belt. I need lifts that target explosiveness, cardio and workout my whole body but I need to make sure that I am using the proper techniques in order to gain and avoid injury.

Aaron Cook
Aaron Cook
8 years ago

I honestly could use it because I have never been properly taught how to lift weights. Well, I mean I know how, but not with proper form and technique. I am an active fighter and am constantly trying to improve my game. Weight lifting is at the VERY top or #1 on my list of things to improve on to help my my fight game. I know I need to have proper technique so I get stronger the right way, and not get into bad habits with lifting.

jonathan
jonathan
8 years ago

Personally i’ve allways wanted to put the lifts in but everytime i do i screw my wrist up! This program i HOPE will help me intergrate the lifts in the long term for the explosive strength that the lifts develop so well!

Ian M
Ian M
8 years ago

Why should I win the olympic lifting mastery course?

– Your Problem 1,2 & 3 from the article ALL apply to me.
– I’ve wanted to approach Olympic Lifting in the past but was a but intimidated bc I knew my technique wouldn’t be the greatest coupled with fear of aggravating an old back injury by not doing it right.
– Explosive , Full Body exercise. Now that sounds exactly like what I need. Explosiveness and full body coordination are two aspects of my game that I want to improve.
– I am an aspiring fighter. I got injured 3 weeks out from my first ammy fight and since then it’s been a long road back. I am getting closer to my goals and I feel like the O-Lifting is just the right spice to add to my workouts.

Michael
Michael
8 years ago

Hey Eric

I would totally wanna win this masterwork because first of all, winning is cool! 😉 But more important is the valuable information in the sheet. New approaches, new ways of getting better, more explosive power, continuously surprising yourself and others of your enormous strength. Absorbing the important info is what its all aboot (about sorry).

mark H
mark H
8 years ago

I am a certified personal trainer who totally agree with the importance of Olympic lifting to build a better athlete. I would be thrilled to get a free copy of your program as it is the foundation of building a high performance athlete, as well as helping the average person increase their quality of life through improved functional movements used every day.

Eric Schaetty
Eric Schaetty
8 years ago

Eric,

I need this mastery set due to the fact that I am a trainer myself! I know that Olympic lifting is one of the most under untilized conditioning tool! Not only can Olympic lifts improve endurance they also improve running, jump, and teach to improve triple extension and flexion. I, as a trainer, find it difficult for my clients to learn proper technique. I would find this set to be extremely important to me because I can master the lofts myself sp that I can teach proper mechanics as well! All too many times do you see trainers teaching improper mechanics and not teaching the right things. I really need this to further my knowledge base!

Luke
Luke
8 years ago

I am currently completing the final year of my bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, and on my way to begin my career as a physical preparation trainer for combat sport athletes. I have been interested in explosive Olympic type lifting for a while now but haven’t been able to find a lifting coach anywhere near were I live. Getting a copy of the Olympic Lifting Mastery Course would be a great opportunity for me to learn from a competent fitness specialist! Before I can begin teaching lifting I’ve got to make sure that I master lifting myself! This program would greatly facilitate the process! Keep up the great work Eric! Thanks again!

Luke
Trois-Rivières, Qc

rav
rav
8 years ago

As trainers and fitness enthusiasts we all know (should know!) the importance of olympic lifting. But with so little info out there it can get confusing trying to execute these lifts properly (especially without an expert trainer at hand). I am so glad that you have put this together for the fitness world so that finally we do have an expert trainer at hand. I have full confidence that your material will be a step by step guide performing all the lifts correctly- built from an in depth understanding of biomechanics and learning correct movement patterns. What a great tool to have to understand and perform the lifts properly. Finally a one stop O-lifting course. Great, I would love to have a copy. Thanks. Rav.

Jérémie
Jérémie
8 years ago

Hi Eric,
I’m studying in kinesiology and you know this isn’t stuff that we see in class. I need this program right now because I’m going to be in training course from january to april. Basically, I’m gonna be on the field in a school and I’m gonna have to learn and teach olympic lifting to the athlete-students there as well as a lot of different strenght and conditioning, agility and other stuff. I understand more and more the use of these lifts by your explanation. I aspire to be a strenght and conditionning coach for combat sports later. So, it would be a nice add to my arsenal.
Thanks Eric for all your good work, really appreciated.
Jérémie

Rob DeAngelis
Rob DeAngelis
8 years ago

This looks like just what I need. You. An only get so much from YouTube.
Best
RD

Roberto Gomez
Roberto Gomez
8 years ago

Well Mr. Wong, I only want to say that at 47 and father of three kids (8, 5 and 2) I just want to be a good example to follow. I started practicing Krav Maga but after 4 months of giving and taking I took a time off and after a couple of months of home exercises my oldest boy told me that he want it me back in training because I had a big belly (so he said ! kids do not lie). I am 6′ 1″ weighting 215 lbs. I will say my problem is my belly because with no tight shirts I look well built, without it I am not proud. In conclusion, my kids are my motivation to change.

Roberto Gomez
Nicaragua

Sean
Sean
8 years ago

It would be wonderful to have a go-to guide that really breaks down the componets of each lift in order to master them. I have always known that olympic lifts are challenging, but have never had the opportunity to learn them. What a great way to add variety to my workouts and increase my body’s adaptation. Thanks Eric!

Bruce
Bruce
8 years ago

Like all different types of lifting. Never mastered olympic style. This would be a great place to start. Will be able to mix this in with my normal routine (not so normal). like to mix routines up all the time. Thanks

jon
jon
8 years ago

Hi, im not a mma fighter or even partakers I just like the ripped muscle look some fighters have and the bad ass feeling. Do u have a system that will help me out ?

Steve
Steve
8 years ago

Eric,
After having just finished your MMA ripped program I am looking for a new challenge to keep my momentum going. I’ve learnt a lot through your program and want to expand on this knowledge and add the Olympic lift to my routine.

Thanks

Liam
Liam
8 years ago

Hey Eric After watching your webinar on performing the Snatch a while back I decided to put what I’d learnt into action – and received humbling results! I was really shocked by my lack of flexibility and mobility in both my hips and shoulders which made anything even resembling good form impossible. I’ve practised the hip mobility drills you recommended and have seen a huge improvement in my squat but I still can’t perform the overhead squat confidently. The value of mastering these lifts is clear if I want to achieve a quality level of health and fitness but I can’t do it on my own – I need your help! Your course will be an awesome Christmas gift that will help me start the new year with a renewed enthusiasm for my training and winning will make a great tale to share with everyone at the gym who wants… Read more »

Sandy
Sandy
8 years ago

Hi Eric!
 I’ll start by just saying that I stumbled onto your site about a year ago while looking for info on mma training. It took me about a week to realize that of all the sites I visited, yours was one of the most informative, least bullshit, straight to the point, and simple to follow sites on the web. I am always looking forward to your emails, I won’t win crap for my submission because I never win anything, but I just wanted you to know that at age 38, you changed my life for the better and gave me inspiration and guidance to move forward with my goals. There have been very few women my age finish the Chilli Challenge Adventure Triathlon in the last several years. I plan on adding my name to that short list in October, 2012. I am a 38-year-old female recovering fatso. During… Read more »

Derrick
Derrick
8 years ago

My 2012 main goals are to jump higher, run faster, and become more agile.. Olympic lifts will definitely improve my athletism. As a basketball player, I know how important is explosiveness for me in the long run, and for better performance. Nothing but hard work has been put into my goal of dunking.This is an absolute good time for me to do learn olympic lifts right now. I don’t want your program to make my transformation easier – that would imply that I’m not enjoying it. I want it as it would assist me in achieving my main goal of maximizing my potential; physically, mentally and spiritually. To exploit my potential, effort is an obvious essential- One that I will never stop putting in. A lot of effort has been put into constructing the material in your package-It is only fair, that with the package, I give it my all…… Read more »

Mariz
8 years ago

This would make a very cool gift for boyfriend, he’s been talking forever about taking an olympic lifting course!!

Supersubguru
Supersubguru
8 years ago

Ivan
im 37 years old and im trying to get back in form. Wanth to give a try and compete for one more time in aphril, want to give my self one more chance. Im looking forward to using a program that can help me with strength and conditioning.
Thank you

larry
larry
8 years ago

here is mine Eric Larry here 45 years old etc,,,as Y know I fight Muaythai Kick boxing and won my last two fights. ,listen I ve decided next year to compete for the Nice Middle welterweight belt (this is what the competition s called “Nice Middle”). All the participants are over 40 years old .I m persuaded that including the olympic lift to my strenght & Conditioning arsenal will give a tremedous boost in my being explosive in the ring. The reason i won my last fights was nt only due to practsing my sport it was a blend of sport specific training as well as strenght conditioning ( yours by the way) and the latter in the end really helped to make the difference. There is a lotta good fighters in this competition in spite of their age (you d B surprised) but hey I M good too but… Read more »

larry
larry
8 years ago
Reply to  larry

sorry ,,here s the rest of the message,,,
so I m convinced that yer olympic lift program will help me improve my game like yer strenght & conditioning program did.
Larry

Stian
Stian
8 years ago

Hi Eric,

I’m in the process of opening a strength and conditioning facility over here in South Africa. I mainly work with High School athletes and know the importance of olympic lifting. I would like to use your course to teach these athletes how to perform the lifts correctly from a young age. This will help them to develop the correct movement patterns and therefore help them perform better in their chosen sport.

I myself have always been interested in olympic lifting and would like to supplement my own training with it, but until now I haven’t due to the fact that I know my technique is not 100%.

I know your course would be great as I’ve gone through your ultimate mma conditioning program and it has help me tremendously.

Rgds,

Stian

JOSUE MARTIN ANTEBI
JOSUE MARTIN ANTEBI
8 years ago

ERIC WITH RESPECT TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER ON THESE Olympic lifting is really interesting since I never learned that, AM PROFESSOR OF MUAY THAI KICK BOXING AND AND LEARN THIS, THAT IS SOMETHING NEW FOR ME BECAUSE I could use BARBARO IN THE LIFE ALWAYS LEARNING DAY BY DAY AS WELL AS ON WHETHER ANY SPORTS ALWAYS learn something new .-
GREETINGS FROM ARGENTINA

Jonathan Lewis
Jonathan Lewis
8 years ago

Eric,

I will start by saying that I have been a huge fan of your work for a while. I have ambitions to be a fitness professional just like yourself, mentorship opportuntiies available. Over the summer I saved up enough money to get certified as a MMA Conditioning Coach and I am always looking to broaden my knowledge. Your programs and vast knowledge on the industry have helped keep me motivated when I am frustrated as well as educate me where I lack knowledge. I would love to win one of the free systems so that I can continue to learn from your expertise. Plus of course I train four days a week on technique (jujitsu, muay thai, boxing, etc.) and weight train as much as school allows.

Regards,
Jonathan Lewis

Mike P.
Mike P.
8 years ago

Eric, I have been looking at incorporating Olympic Lifting into my workout routines for awhile now. Problem is, finding really good instruction on the proper techniques for the lifts. I’m older, (42) so I need to be careful about doing this and I don’t trust just anyone to demo it. When I saw that you were attending special seminars on Olympic Lifting, I was hoping the information would end up in a program! Good job putting one together.

Matt
Matt
8 years ago

My shoulder was separated in a tournament a couple of years ago and is still my weak point. I’m focusing on getting upper body strength, but in a way that correlates with my Catch Wrestling training. Olympic lifting is ideal.

briank
briank
8 years ago

Hey Eric, trust me when I tell you that I know how importat proper instruction for the olympic lifts is. i’m a 28 year old MMA fighter with a 2-1 record. I was working with a trainer who was showing me the snatch. when i say he was showing me the snatch, that’s all he was doing, he just showed me the exercise and got me to do it with next to no coaching. he might as well have just played a youtube video and said, “ok now you do it”. so i tried a few sets and on the 4th set i hurt my shoulder. not too bad but bad enough that i couldn’t punch for 2 weeks. so i haven’t touched the lifts since. i’ve also stopped training with that guy and started looking for stuff online to teach myself and that’s how i came across your website… Read more »

Smurf
Smurf
8 years ago

What’s good Eric, At the end of the day i’m pretty sure every one who posted a comment is gonna say that they need the program more than a next man and are saying they are trying to be the best fighter in the world and so on and so on. At the end of the day im an active person i do boxing and am just trying to be the strongest version of myself right now, i recently registered my business which is called hardline athletics and since i already have great knowledge on strength and conditioning the Olympic lifts will be the cream of the crop. Overall i’d just like to thank you for doing the extensive research mentally and physically to teach others about Olympic lifting. | know one thing about business and that is doing the research is hard work and someone must love what they… Read more »

Derek
8 years ago

Eric, I’ve been looking and looking and looking for YEARS for an Olympic lift training course, just one in general, let alone one for and by a mixed martial artist. There are many reason’s I need this program. For over 10 years I have been working on my strength and conditioning for MMA, and my weakest link is working on power and explosive movements. I have worked my BUTT off at becoming as strong as I possibly could for my weight and height (160 lbs, 5’8) with lifts like squats, deadlifts (stiff-legged and regular) bench presses, bent-over barbell rows, weighted pull-ups, and shoulder presses and have gotten up to some pretty good numbers for my size. In addition to building mult-joint and raw strength, I have also learned and applied many of the conditioning exercises from your programs (which I LOVE and cycle through at least a few times a… Read more »

Kyle Sheldon
Kyle Sheldon
8 years ago

Eric the reason I really need this right now is not for myself, but for my clients. I have been a personal trainer and health coach for almost 5 years now and love what I do. I know the benefits of these lifts, and I want to be able to offer the best that I can to the people I work with. Even though I’ve been a trainer for some time, and have been exercising since I was 14 I have never really been properly coached on many of these lifts. I won’t have my clients do anything I won’t/can’t do, and I rarely/if ever do some of the Olympic lifts because I don’t feel comfortable enough to do them myself. I love your ability to break things down in ways that are easy to understand, and I believe that this product would be an amazing asset for me to… Read more »

patrick pitts
patrick pitts
8 years ago

sorry made alot of mistypes, its 0145 in the morning here so bare with me please i apologize for my short story being kind crappy.

patrick pitts
patrick pitts
8 years ago

I am currently deployed in afghanistan and currently its winter here so missions are dwindled down to nothing. So, what does this mean Eric. Sgt Pitts can work in the gym and work out with really no interruptions. Since i have been in the army all ihave ever seen is people doing horrible form left and right on everything i see even simple things like a bicep curl guys just throw them around. With the help from your book i could not only learn to do them properly myself now but also teach my younger soldiers how to properly do them. This all in all with make my soldiers stronger and more capable to doing what they need to do by staying physically fit. I have been using the umma work out for the past 3 years now in between my other work outs but after taking ahilwe off form… Read more »

Charles Auvaa
Charles Auvaa
8 years ago

Hi Eric first of all Thanks so much for the instructional information on Olympic lifts. I feel like I would be a great and deserving candidate for your Olympic Lift program because I currently in the process of getting my own personal training business off the ground A great deal of my clients are high school athletes who are looking to increase explosiveness. My plan with your program would be first to educate myself and then to help my clients perform these lifts would good form to eliminate injury. It makes me cringe when watching others perform these lifts when form is completely off. The only problem for me currently is that I don’t feel i am educated well enough to assist them in making the necessary changes. So rest assure that if I am awarded the program that I will use it to not only help myself bought others… Read more »

Mikey
Mikey
8 years ago

I have two different reasons for wanting the program. The first being that as I continue my training towards pro-wrestling, I incorporate a lot of your training tips into my workouts, which I think will make me a much better wrestler than guys you can see on TV today. at 5’6″ and 140lbs, I can’t get by on my size or even a good physique, I need to surpass in strength, conditioning and techinical abilities. Secondly, next semester I will be teaching a fitness course here at my university, and using this program for myself and then teaching the proper form to my students will make me a better instructor.

Max
Max
8 years ago

Hi Eric, I believe that I deserve a copy of you’re Olympic lifts program right now for several reasons, I have recently begun muay thai training in the hope to compete in both this sport and in the future mixed martial arts. Though my coach is a brilliant and vastly experienced muay thai practitioner, he is somewhat lacking in the strength and conditioning department. I am well aware of the benefits of Olympic lifting in the recruitment of fast twitch muscle fiber to aid in functional strength as well as explosive power; as a budding and passionate fighter I need all the help I can get with my S&C specifically the Strength part! I will use this program to help myself become the best fighter and athlete that I can, I will post regular updates in my progress to prove it if need be! thanks for the opportunity! best wishes… Read more »

Danny D.
Danny D.
8 years ago

Eric, I’m going to make this short and sweet on why I would like your program. I want to be strong like animal.

Claudio Dorotea
Claudio Dorotea
8 years ago

Hello Mr. Wong. Being a Strength Coach and respecting the fundamentals associated with human movement, I believe the Olympic Lifts are one of the most important indicators of athletic ability. Although they are pure sagittal plane movements, when performed correctly, they show a perfect combination of strength, power and coordination, resulting in a perfect addition to an athlete’s program. I need this course because, as a dedicated coach, I feel the ability to teach those movements correctly is of utmost importance and although I have some understanding about their execution, I have a lot to learn yet, especially in regards to its technical mastery and proficiency. As a Strength Coach and a big fan of the Olympic Lifts I want to gain a deep understanding about their execution so I can assess the technical proficiency of my athletes, understand what has to be corrected and design an organized action plan… Read more »

Nikolay
Nikolay
8 years ago

Dear Eric, I need this program because I have an inter-university BUCS Judo competition coming up in February and I want to be in my best physical shape for it. It is my final year at university and in the previous several years I always missed this particular competition either because of injuries or illness. This year I am not settling for anything less than gold. I believe that Olympic lifts are most relevant to judo training because both the Olympic lifts and judo throws require an enormous explosive power to be successful. The snatch would help me develop the necessary pulling power, which is required in my two most frequently used judo throws: Ippon Seio Nage and Uchi Mata. I already have your Ultimate MMA Strength and Conditioning program, which I am currently using to peak for February. But judo is a specific kind of sport and I believe… Read more »

Dave
Dave
8 years ago

I don’t need this program right now, but some day I will. I’m using the ultimate MMA strength and conditioning program that Eric made, and it’s fucking king. Everything . . . every. . . thing I do is getting better and not just by a little bit. I’m more explosive, powerful, versatile, and my cardio and everyday vitality is through the roof . . . and I’m only on my second cycle of the 16 week program, but bringing it, every step of the way, in every way I can. That being said, my Olympic lifts are pretty good, and that’d be fine and dandy if all I wanted to be was pretty good, but I chose Eric’s program because I want to be the best, not second best, the best, and that’s exactly where I’m taking it, to the maxtreme. The way everything is carefully taken into consideration… Read more »

Alejandro Saldaña
Alejandro Saldaña
8 years ago

Hi Eric: I’ve been training properly for 2 years now. Mostly powerlifting oriented excercise, that have made me very strong, but in real life not that much strong. I’ve been obsessed with Olympic Lifting for a year now. I’ve seen guys that are half my weight, and an entire feet shorter than me, lift twice their own bodyweight in the snatch, and past beyond it. I can’t even snatch properly with the empty bar. I feel like a weiner, and a pussy in terms of strenght compered to them. Don’t get me wrong though, I can squat 180kg, and press about 100kg. After this, in my search for doing proper olympic movements I’ve been reseaching like a boss for over 6 months, for someone who would teach me the proper way of doing things. I was just expecting for you to be that dude, and help me to be stonger,… Read more »

derrick lewis
derrick lewis
8 years ago

Eric, I’m a US Army soldier, who at 47 years of age, has to change the way I train. I’ve been a fighter, Greco, Freestyle, and Boxing, and an Amateur Powerlifter. But, due to injuries and age, I have to change the way I do many things. I want to incorporate the Olympic lifts into my training to aid and maintain my Combat effectiveness as well as to prepare my soldiers for the next level of combat fitness. I believe your program will effectively do this by blessing me with the knowledge that I can incoporate into my finess program and to create a new way for my troops.

bob g
bob g
8 years ago

Reic – Like so many others I have not been able to do the olympic lifts as I can not find anyone that ‘really’ knows how to do them. When I asked several trainers at the gym I belong to I was told ‘no one does them anymore’! If I could received the material then I could learn, and also set an example for others are the gym! Seeing a 60 year old doing the lift properly will imspire some of the ‘younger generation’ (anyone under 50) to use the lifts in their routines.

Sarah
Sarah
8 years ago

Hi Eric,
I really want a copy of this as I want to learn these lifts safely and understand them better. I havent even tried them yet as its very hard to find anyone that knows how to do them and is willing to teach you in dublin and I think learning how to do them safely will really up my game in mma. I want to know the mechanics of the movements and everything about them and have always wanted to learn them properally. I have an olymic barbell at home with weights but only use it for benching and squatting and deadlifting at the moment!I think learning olympic lifts could increase my power and get me ready for fights better than what i do now!

Brian Lederman
8 years ago

Dear Eric Ive been a fan of your work for over a year now. I really enjoy and respect your scientific and intellectual perspective on training. I am a 44 yr old combat/strength athlete who works as a trainer in Florida. I grew up in NY a son of a alcoholic and drug addicts. My dad died when I was 3 and my mom became abusive and neglectful. I found solice in boxing and then kickboxing and finally jujitsu. When I was 9 I was diagnosed with kidney disease (and some heart related issues). Growing up we often were homeless and living day to day while my mom fed her addiction. Luckily I had a great uncle Freddy (who was a boxer) and an uncle Gary who lifted weights and wrestled to mentor me. I have recently been diagnosed with stage 4 kidney failure and am in need of a… Read more »

Toby
Toby
8 years ago

Hi Eric.

The main reason I want to learn the Olympic lifts is because I’m tired of getting overpowered by athletes who train with them!

In my university judo club there are 2 judokas who came from an athletics background, and as a result, have been doing Oly lifting for the past 5 or so years. Despite them only doing judo for 2 years, this strength and explosiveness they have acquired through this lifting makes sparring with them in a judo a real difficulty, as they can easily block any of my attacks and overpower me with grips.

I would love to learn these lifts to even out the strength and power disadvantage I currently have, so that my superior technique can prevail.

Regards.

Toby.

Cork-boi
Cork-boi
8 years ago

HI Eric I would like this programme right now because I’m in the final week of python power and will be looking to start a new programme on Monday (the time is right). I’m passionate about strength and conditioning: I realise the importance of constantly challenging your body to prevent plateaus and to promote evolution of my physical abilities. However I was NOT aware of the benefits of neuromuscular coordination from learning technically complicated exercises like Olympic lifts. I believe I have massive gains from this new “yet-to-be” explored area. By learning Olympic lifts I will improve my ballistic limits making me more dynamic and explosive. I’m the 2nd smallest guy in my MMA club and one of the least experienced technically so I’ll take all the help I can get. Life (inside and outside the dojo) has thought me that, 9 times out of 10, being super fit and… Read more »

Jay
Jay
8 years ago

Dear Eric Wong I need this right now because I am at a complete loss when it comes to physical training. All I have to look off of is youtube.com and the god given gift which is the internet. I currently have a full time job along with my full time MMA training while taking care of a girlfriend and a 2 year old child. I need the most effective ways to get benefits from weight lifting because as you can see from my schedule, I don’t have time to waste time. I need this book because I know that these Olympic lifts are the bread and butter of weight lifting for explosion and strength. I don’t need preacher curls or seated calf raise type exercises. I need raw power exercises such as the clean and jerk and snatches. With this early Christmas gift I hope to win, I will… Read more »