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Squat clean problems? Its just like pulling people at parties!

By September 7, 2019 No Comments

Crossfit london In Bethnal Green E2 is famous for many, many things. The 1st ever British Crossfit affiliate, the 9th affiliate in the world, amazing olympic weightlifting classes, the best Crossfit beginner introduction process, its amazing clients, its fantastic coaches ( blah, blah, ). Its also famous for its  drill by drill instructional system and its use of allegory and metaphor to help people learn stuff!

The reality is that experiences in one part of your life, can often help elsewhere!

In other words, it’s possible to argue that the Olympic Lifts are wholly informed by your romantic, and for that matter, your pick up ability at parties.

The job of the  squat clean is to lift the bar to the correct height, no more and no less, then get underneath it.

Which is exactly like picking people up at parties

Have you ever met someone at a party and absolutely nailed it in the first few sentences?  Have you had one of those moments when you could literally have said “get your coat, you’ve pulled”, and got away with it?

Well done, but be honest,  you probably continued talking and  screwed it up.

Who hasn’t successfully hit on someone in a party  then proceeded to talk their way out of  what would have been a perfectly decent shag?

We’ve all been there.

And its the same with the  squat clean..

All you need to do is  A) pull the bar B) tell it  to “get your coat””  then  C) get under it . You have to ( and I mean , “HAVE TO” ) bring your hips all the way in. But, do you need to continue to pull? Do your arms  really need to tug it up further? Do you need that big  upward shoulder shrug… does the bar need to go sailing up past your chin to the moon before you decide you need to be going down the other way, and fast.

Once the bar is up by your chin in the pull, it’s too late. By this time the bar has thought better of it, it needs to think about things a bit.  Now it needs to check with a friend or wash its hair, or get a taxi home, and voila, there you are left all alone.

No PB for you tonight.

I mean that dents your pride and your ego.

I’ll forgo the shag, but to miss a clean . Ow!

Take home message, don’t overpull

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