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Dimas is great...one of the greatest names in modern Olympic history. He had a great personality and was one of the guys I looked up to after the 1992 games(the first Olympics I really watched closely)

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Monster. I love the energy he brought to the table after he made the lift, very inspiring.

 

What made me want to do clean and jerks was watching all the football players back in college throw em up every day at the gym. Unfortunately, I got discouraged because I could never get the 'snap' down pat and everyone told me if I kept doing them improperly, as I went up in weight I stood to really hurt myself. Tried so many times to get it right but it never happened, gave up on them. Maybe one day I will try again but my form is so unorthodox. I think the most I ever got to doing them with was 165 or something like that.

 

What's up with those two people duking it out on the comments section getting all hostile and threatening to meet in public and fight each other, crazy?!

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What's up with those two people duking it out on the comments section getting all hostile and threatening to meet in public and fight each other, crazy?!

 

Oh, man. Don't read YouTube comments. They'll take away whatever faith in humanity you have left!

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Now I want to start doing olympic lifts. We have bumper plates at my gym and olympic lifting stations but no one to teach me form. And mine is piss poor. I'm going to investigate this further, because this would be awesome!

 

Olympic lifts are difficult to perform because there are many steps/phases involved with each lift. I think body awareness plays a big roll in creating good form. Practice with just the bar and slowly work your way up. Unlike alot of basic lifts, these lifts require so much repetition to get proper form, most people give up because they find it hard to perform a smooth repetition with solid weight. I look at it more of an art form than actual weightlifting. Consistent practice and great technique will build huge amounts of strength, but do you have the time and patience to learn the craft.

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Now I want to start doing olympic lifts. We have bumper plates at my gym and olympic lifting stations but no one to teach me form. And mine is piss poor. I'm going to investigate this further, because this would be awesome!

Awesome, I would reccomend finding an olympic lifting club. In my experience it takes lots of practice and lots of coaching to get decent technique. Or so I would think, not quite there yet .

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I always see the football players at my school do hang cleans, power cleans, and hang snatches. I've never done them, but the guy I've lifting with wants to start implementing them next semester (in the fall). I'll think about it. I agree with what has been said, it's all about form, body awareness, and power! Best of luck to anyone who starts doing them.

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Like Bronco said, find a club or certified olympic lifting coach to learn proper technique.

 

I've always had terrible form, but could muscle up some fair weights once in a while at my better times. Though, like I was told, if I'd actually learned how to do a proper C&J I'd probably have gotten well into the 300s instead of being stuck in the high 200s, but my terrible technique prevented it. Learn from someone who can train you correctly instead of just trying to figure it out yourself, because once you get bad form in your system, it takes a LONG time to learn how to do it correctly!

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