The championship Olympic weight lifters make it look like a front squat when they lift. Keeping one's balance at the heavier weights always seemed like the most difficult part of the exercise.Impressive no doubt, but I'm suspect of his form. Is that good form to have your legs so wide and then to baby step them in? Seems like massive stress on the knees. I'd hate to see one of our guys be lost for the season going for a gym rat record.
What was that guy huffing on before going on stage?And here's the best of them all, Naim Suleymanoglu.
This guy was designed by God to be a weightlifter and it shows. I saw him in Atlanta at the 1996 Olympics. He equaled his competition best snatch in exhibition after the supers. Absolutely awe inspiring.
Exactly. He muscled up 365, which makes it even more impressive. I considered myself a strong guy (400lb bench 600lb squat) and I wouldnt even consider doing much on power clean. Chris"Heavy athletics", as they call it in Eastern Europe, is a truly awesome thing to watch. These people are as strange as pro basketball centers: unbelievably strong, quicker then cats, strong in their joints, and dedicated. I used to lift Olympic style myself and it was not, believe me, easy to be even as mediocre as I was. I used to lift close to a ton (overall, of course) a session on power cleans alone. It's a great feeling to better your personal record; beating a team record is even more special.
Some advice to Chris: your back is too rounded at the start of the lift and you aren't getting your legs into it as soon as you could as a consequence; hence the need to split your legs so wide apart. Also, you aren't driving your elbows forward at the end to rack the weight on your shoulders; that's why you had the balance problem. I bet you could do 5 - 10 lbs better with slightly better form.
The lifters often sniff a little ammonia or some other head clearing stuff (it's usually ammonia; the officials watch this stuff like you wouldn't believe) before they go on stage. That's probably more psychological then anything else; pops you out of apprehension before you go out in front of all those people. Btw, the first buzzer means you have two minutes to complete the lift, the second that you held it long enough to count.What was that guy huffing on before going on stage?
Curious as to who held the record that Chris broke (and what the previous record weight was).Some advice to Chris: your back is too rounded at the start of the lift
That was a similar thought I had: Is this something you want your football players doing...or for any collegiate sport? Risk/reward kinda' thing.Impressive no doubt, but I'm suspect of his form. Is that good form to have your legs so wide and then to baby step them in? Seems like massive stress on the knees. I'd hate to see one of our guys be lost for the season going for a gym rat record.