Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Weightlifting Epiphanies interviews!
Along with the recent 211 clean and jerk by Kendrick Farris, and a 218 clean, some exciting things are certainly happening in the US. Here's Kendrick in action:
211 Clean + Jerk
218 (!) Clean, missed Jerk
One interesting thing about all the recent information pouring out of various quarters (including the ever-contentious back-and-forth on the goheavy.com Olympic weightlifting forum) is that it has revealed that wildly different programming can lead to similar results. Coach Broz, on various forums and Q&A sessions, has repeatedly said things like "This is the only way to train to become a champion", referring to 2-3 times a day, 6-7 days a week training focusing on JUST the lifts and back squats, without any planned cycling, training to max as often as possible.
On the other hand, when Kendrick's program was posted on the goheavy forum, it was shown that the cycle was divided into different phases, with each phase dedicated to different rep ranges, moving from 10's, to 5's, to 3's, and so on over the weeks and months. A wide variety of assistance exercises are employed, and everything is geared towards peaking for a meet. This is a RADICALLY different approach to cycling, intensity, and exercise selection, yet somehow or another Kendrick still managed to become a world-class lifter, approaching world record weights.
My own feeling is that the ATHLETE is a far more important variable than the specific program they are on. With the right genetics, drive to succeed, and of course the right coach to guide the athlete, the details of the programming are secondary, while the dedication and actual work completed are key.
I'll let you draw your own conclusions, though :)
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