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Dream Team Weightlifting Seminar

By admin | In Olympic Weightlifting | on December 17, 2013
Vasily coaching Sean

Vasily coaching Sean

This week, Sean and I are fortunate enough to attend a weightlifting seminar at Waxman’s Gym taught by Dmitry Klokov, Ilya Ilyin, Vasily Polovnikov, and Zygmunt Smalcerz. If you are new to weightlifting, you may not be familiar with these amazing lifters, but in other countries, their names would be as popular as our most lauded NFL or NBA players. Each of them have won medals on the national and world levels and some have set Olympic records.

Yesterday, they took us through the progression for teaching the snatch and how to customize it for various body compositions. 6 lifters were kind enough to be the guinea pigs. They were coached and corrected, and at times, poked and prodded! Sean was one of these lifters as you can see in the above photo!

They ended the day with corrective exercises for various weaknesses. Often times during the day one of the coaches would comment that the lifter understands what is being asked of them but cannot do it right because they either lacked strength in their back, legs, or shoulders. Luckily, the system they are teaching prescribes specific accessory lifts fix these weaknesses.

Today we’ll be reviewing the Clean and Jerk and tomorrow we’ll finish with a more in depth look at programming.   It’s been amazing hearing these world class lifters teach the lifts.  The technique and ideal form is the same across the board, but there are nuances stemming from their body compositions, training background, and styles.  We’re very excited to bring this type of program to our barbell club as well as our CrossFit classes.


Our 8pm classes will be suspended through the holidays but will return January 6th. Holiday hours will be posted tomorrow.


WOD 12.17.13

Deadlift 1×5

Row 2000m

Rest 1 Minute

Then 3 Rounds:
30 Double Unders
15 Ball Slams

3 Comments to "Dream Team Weightlifting Seminar"

  • Nathalia says:

    December 17, 2013 at 8:50 AM -

    Thanks Ruth and Sean!
    Can’t wait to absorb all you’ve learned in barbell club!

  • Tina says:

    December 17, 2013 at 12:38 PM -

    Thats awesome!!!
    Cant wait to hear more about it from both of you!

  • Bob takano says:

    December 17, 2013 at 10:46 PM -

    Good to see the two of you today at the clinic!

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