Thursday, July 18, 2013

Lifting for Athletic Performance (Part 1)

Hello Everyone!

Recently I had an athlete ask, "Coach, what muscle does this Clean and Jerk work?"

Most of us are taught to look at exercises by what muscles they work (this is derived from America's bodybuilding obsession). Yet, in sports we don't say, "What muscle does dribbling this basketball work?" We dribble, and we practice dribbling, so we can score more and help our team win more.

So when athletes lift to improve performance, we have to ask questions like, "Coach, how will this exercise make me a faster, stronger, more powerful athlete?"

How does the Clean and Jerk (and the Snatch, all of which are classified as Olympic Lifts) help improve athletes' performance? Here's a list of benefits for athletes:
  • Improved Coordination
  • Improved Triple Extension (jumping, throwing, tackling, kicking...)
  • Stronger Deceleration 
  • Overhead Strength
The next post will better explain why the above list truly impacts an athlete's performance and success!

Keep Training!
Coach Amanda Kephart and Akron General Sports Performance 

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