Improving Olympic Weightlifting
on our Barbell Level 1 Course

Published on Posted on Categories Courses, Member Stories, Technique by Matt

The 5 session course is available again.

The Barbell Level One course is intended for those who enjoy the Olympic Lifting (the Clean and Jerk and the Snatch) side of our program and would like to know more. This will be 5 hours of specialised, intimate coaching over a five week period with Coach Ben Cockin. There will be athlete specific programming based on deficiencies and area’s needs to be improved upon. The focus here will be on building motor pattern through deliberate repetition.

“Practice makes permanent”

We’ve run two Barbell Level One courses so far and had great feedback from those members who’ve taken part.

Have a read of their views below, and if it sounds like something you might been interested in, follow this link and register via zen planner.

Rachel Armstong

What were your reasons for doing the 6 Week Olympic Weightlifting L1 program?

Endurance training has always been my priority in training and with those I coach. I know I’m not as strong as I should be and want to put that right. I  think working through technical movements with a coach when you’re first learning is really important especially with a complex movement like the snatch, so I didn’t want to be practicing too much on my own till I felt confident.

What type of athlete would you recommend this program to? 

I think any athlete can benefit – learning these movements and gaining confidence in your own body is massive.  The ripple effect down the line into other movements /skills is awesome.

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned?

That I CAN get under the bar safely. I DO have the shoulder mobility to go overhead and I know I can get stronger with them now.

How has what you’ve learned in the program affected your performance in the regular classes/WODs?

I’m confident to start with a heavier weight – I still need to work on the movement but I feel clear on what I need to think about. And the voice ‘you’re not strong enough’ is quieter. I hear Ben saying  ‘go on, give it a go!’ I see it in my little studio all the time. Most people are WAY stronger than they think they are. Confidence is a big one.

Coral Loveday

What were your reasons for doing the 6 Week Olympic Weightlifting L1 program?

Wanting to increase strength training and better technique.

What type of athlete would you recommend this program to? 

Everyone especially females. Too many women are shy about using weights at the gym and stick to cardio however, the benefits of adding strength training to work outs is substantial and should be encouraged. By attending the weight lifting program, I’m more confident in the gym knowing my technique is correct.

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned?

Tweaks in techniques that have helped increase the weight I lift.

How has what you’ve learned in the program affected your performance in the regular classes/WODs?

More confidence, more PBs.

Ben Haughian

What were your reasons for doing the 6 Week Olympic Weightlifting L1 program?

As soon as I heard that a barbell club/program was going to be available I jumped at the opportunity as I wanted to learn a bit more about Olympic weightlifting. To be able to spend a whole hour focusing on Olympic weightlifting was very appealing.

What type of athlete would you recommend this program to? 

Any athlete, I could be someone that has a interest in Olympic weightlifting but doesn’t have the confidence with a barbell, it’s a good program to learn the basics of the movements. Also an athlete who is good with Olympic movements could use this program to improve their skills even further as there is always room for improvement.

The program was run very well that everyone in the class had things to improve on no matter what level or ability.

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned?

Taking your time with the set up is very important, and also I have a issue with not extending my hips at the “triple extension” so I lose the potential for more power.

 How has what you’ve learned in the program affected your performance in the regular classes/WODs?

It gives you much more confidence when performing Olympic movements and I have PB’d in all of my Olympic movements since taking part in the program. It gives you a bit more of a foundation to work with.

If it sounds like something you might been interested in, follow this link and register via zen planner.