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Why does Dmitry Klokov stagger his feet?

Jean-Patrick Millette on Firstpull.net calls this an example of individualization of technique: Elite lifters do have what we might consider kinks or a special routine/behavior towards the lifts. ...
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Why do Olympic weightlifters not wear a belt for snatch?

The factors limiting how much one can lift in the snatch vs the clean and jerk are different. A snatch attempt will be failed if either of the following occur: the bar is not pulled high enough for ...
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How can we be balanced during a snatch?

He isn't. If you tried to grab a bar in that position, you just wouldn't be able to, physics would object. Even your first picture, I'd argue that he's not exactly "balanced" as I believe ...
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How do I fix my Power Clean?

General Advice When I was learning the lifts, my first step was always to read the entire Starting Strength chapter on that lift, then re-skim it the next day I was doing the lift. The book is quite ...
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Olympic lifting, where to start?

This is more an answer to "what are the prerequisites for training using Olympic lifts", but I expect you will find it useful since you are coming from a conventional weight training background. The ...
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Is there a technical reason why small plates go on the outside of the collars?

Laziness? There's not much risk of injury or loss of balance if smaller plates move around, having to take the collar on and off when doing drop/up sets is a pain when you are on a schedule.
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How do I fix my Power Clean?

I'm no expert, but I trained oly lifts for a while. My best power clean was 265lbs at 6'1", 190lbs. I can give you anecdotes and tips, for what they're worth. It takes quite a while to start ...
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Center-less barbell. Would it be the same?

Ridigity is only one issue. Center of mass is the other, and unless such a contraption either has negligible mass, or has its center of mass in the plane of movement, it will induce additional torque ...
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Why did many lifters of the past use to lower the bar in their clean/snatch whilst now they drop it?

Rubber "bumper" plates were not invented until 1967.1,2 Prior to that, only steel and iron plates were available, and dropping those from overhead would likely damage the equipment or ...
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Why does Dmitry Klokov stagger his feet?

Fixing these kinds of postural asymmetries isn't just a matter of mobility, but of simultaneously tightening up muscles on the other side. This can involve a lot of specialized mobility work along ...
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How do I fix my Power Clean?

I had a tough time learning cleans, but they're really awesome to master and unlocking the olympic lifts feels like getting accepted into a barbell fraternity. As a frame of reference, watch this ...
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Is the hook grip as effective as the bulldog grip in press/jerk movements?

First, it should be noted that while hook grip is almost ubiquitous in the clean, Olympic lifters generally change their grip after completing the clean, and do not actually keep the hook grip in ...
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Avoid hitting forehead in snatch

TL;DR: The "technique" consists of two primary things: Keep your head far enough back. Don't start the duck-under too early. The head should be under the bar roughly at the bar's max height ...
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Why do weightlifters (Olympic) get better at weightlifting while staying at the same weight-class?

First, Olympic weightlifting is extremely technical, and the development of strength for Olympic weightlifting is, to an enormous degree, a function of technical mastery. For the layperson and ...
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Why do weightlifters (Olympic) get better at weightlifting while staying at the same weight-class?

Because muscles can get stronger without getting bigger. That's it. The lifter is the same size, but because they lifted progressively heavier weights over time without eating such that they gained ...
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Center-less barbell. Would it be the same?

From the point of a physicist, no, it would definitely not be the same. I cannot think of any position for that this would be stable, without taking much effort. Above the head: Keeping the fancybar ...
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Powerlifting and Olympic Lifting: How much does height affect strength?

I can't speak for weightlifting as I'm by no means educated on it all. In regards to powerlifting though, there is a general theory of 'you are x height so should compete in x weight class'. It's not ...
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Integrating Olympic lifting exercises into Strong Lifts

It seems that you either started too low on StrongLifts, or you are indeed a beginner based on continuing to make progress on the program. You'll only benefit from exhausting your beginner gains in a ...
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Should the barbell touch my shins in deadlift?

Like most areas of fitness, it's pretty easy to find conflicting advice. That said, I think most would agree that keeping the bar as close as possible to the legs on the way up allows you to lift more ...
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Olympic lifting, where to start?

The honest answer is that if you want to be good, you need to be coached, there's no way around it. That's awesome that your clean is good, as that motion can take a while to nail. But if you want to ...
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Integrating Olympic lifting exercises into Strong Lifts

If doing a program similar to StrongLifts is important to you, consider buying the Starting Strength book and following its program. It is similar to StrongLifts, but more detailed and includes the ...
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Power Clean Form Check (and technique questions)

I'm going to preface this by saying, I'm not a weightlifting coach. I've trained the power clean a bit, but not a whole hell of a lot, so take what I say with a pinch of salt. Why is my rack position ...
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Is there a technical reason why small plates go on the outside of the collars?

In addition to laziness, I’ve seen this done in meets to save time (and the loaders’ grips) when the bar is being gradually loaded with many incremental increases.
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Is there a technical reason why small plates go on the outside of the collars?

From personal experience from a couple of gyms (and admittedly this may not always be the case), if the plates are smaller rubber ones, then they actually fit very tightly onto the bar so despite the ...
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Optimal body dimensions for Olympic weightlifting?

The most successfull general body type for Olympic lifters (especially lighter weight classes) is an Endomporph. Endomorphs are characterized as having short limbs and more normal length torsos, ...
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Olympic Squat Mobility

Try the squat without shoes and if you cant get down or are falling backwards you might have to work on flexibility of the achilles tendon. For general squating flexibility gobblet-squats are great. ...
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Can Deadlifts be used as a supplement to increase squats PR?

Yes, deadlift improvements can contribute to squat improvements. Both of these barbell movements train the back and legs. However, please consider "The First Three Questions" whenever you see less ...
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How many weightlifting styles are there?

There are a few different variables that make the “style”. For instance, there is the dynamic start vs static start| starting hip/ back angles| hip/back angle at the hip | if you are making contact/ ...
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Why do many people start the Snatch with a very upright torso?

In the snatch, horizontal motion of the bar must be limited to keep from losing it behind. The hip hinge is usually the cause of most horizontal motion. Keeping the hips low allows the lifter to ...
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