Sports Performance Development, Olympic Style Weightlifting Training, Technique and Speed Strength Development, Coaching and Structured Training Programs Creation, Plyometrics Exercises, Strength Training,
Speed & Power Development, Rapid Muscle Extension and Contraction Development.
Strength is defined as “The ability to exert a force against an object.”
For Olympic Style Weightlifters this object is the Barbell.
For Olympic Style Weightlifters Speed-Strength are critical.
1. Beginner Stage - Averages around 2 years of preparatory in which the adaption of the athlete is established and completed. Includes technical training and the mastering of consistency and becoming accustomed to training, as well as the understanding of the commitment level. This is a critical stage that should not be circumvented, and must be undergone with the proper experienced coach to monitor the daily progress of the athlete, and be present and work with the athlete during the sessions to master technique and achieve maximum speed strength. Beginning lifters at this stage that are aspiring to attain a national or elite level as a goal, should seek out this type of experienced coaching and environment. A coach that has also competed at the national level.
During this stage the athlete learns the classic snatch and classic clean & jerk technique and the variations of the additional exercises such as the power snatch, power clean, pulls through all phases, overhead work, and squats. The athlete becomes accustomed to the fundamental, supplemental, and additional exercises and loading, and in variations of volume training as the athlete progresses through subsets of exercise groups selected from a total of over 100 exercises.
It cannot be stressed enough, that the earlier an athlete begins to train (at a young age) that the higher the achievement will be after many years of focused and proper training. Olympic Style Weightlifting at a young age under the guidance of an inexperienced coach would be an improper start, and therefore take away from the lifter (during these crucial years) the ability to aspire to a National or Elite Level as an athlete. Years that CANNOT be given back and are lost. It is therefore very important at any early stage to select and work with an experienced coach and in the proper environment.
2. Mastery Formation Stage - Averages between 3 to 4 years in which the goal is to reach a national competitive level by mastering the execution of the lifts with consistency and repeatability. This stage also includes the strengthening of the athlete as the volume of training increases. Training programs are put into effect at this stage with the objective to produce a National Level Competitor in about 4 to 5 years.
3. Elite Stage - Averages around 4 years with the goal of improvements to attain a Top National and/or International Elite status lifer. Technical skills and goals have already been achieved in Stage 2, and now the emphasis is placed on additional strengthening with added speed. This continues until improvement ceases or fades, which varies in the life of an athlete from 12 to 16 years from the Beginner Stage through this Elite Stage. Therefore, the age that an athlete starts as a beginner is crucial, as well as the progression through the weight classes and stages, in the achievement and success of this stage.