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What are the 'twisties'?

In general, an experienced gymnast will be perfectly aware of how they are positioned in space during any vault, flip or twist. They learn to feel in which direction the floor is, and how far they are ...
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What are the 'twisties'?

Alec's answer covers how it manifests, but it is commonly caused by things such as stress and PTSD, as this article from a former competitive gymnast describes (though it arguably also assumes quite a ...
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Why do professional swimmers breathe every stroke in freestyle?

"since breathing necessarily disrupts your flow" I think the amount of disruption relates to how far from perfect your form is. Since they need to breathe, they put a lot of work in perfecting their ...
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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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How does one calculate the increase calorific needs of weightlifters?

You don't calculate the increased caloric needs of weightlifters, because there's no situation in which you'd need that information. If not, how do high level Olympic weightlifting coaches determine ...
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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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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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Why do professional swimmers breathe every stroke in freestyle?

I suspect they breathe that much because that's just how much they need to... when going all out at that pace. From what you described of your own experience, you seem to be doing more long-distance/...
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Olympic lifting, where to start?

Based on our discussion via comments, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of Coach especially in your case. Why do I say that, you ask? Well firstly because, Olympic lifting is mix of strength, ...
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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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Should I deload? When should I deload? And, how should I deload?

Deloading should, ideally, be planned and deliberate part of a training cycle. It typically happens every 4-8 weeks depending on fitness level and training intensity. The idea is to give the body an ...
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