*Why do people think that teaching the Olympic lifts to a point of proficiency is SOOOOO hard? Hell, I have never had a problem teaching groups of 40+ athletes the OLs very good technique within 3 weeks. And in the time period leading up to that we’re doing things like clean pulls and sometimes partial movement work which tends to fit in to the training plan very well as a lead in. By 5 weeks, I can have everyone doing a 2 stage pull complete with a double knee bend. I don’t think I’m doing anything special…just teaching and correcting. In fact, I just started working with a 40 year old client who’s never done OLs before (he was a bodybuilder) and within 3 weeks he power cleaned 200 lbs with decent technique.
I know I just alluded to this in my post to richard, but I wanted to repeat it. Everyone who is a parent or has watched little children develop has seen their own child perform all forms of the basic movements under stress such as in weightlifting, medball work, and other similar basic forms of physical activity. Think of the times when that child started squatting naturally to pick something up, cleaned or snatched naturally to move something quickly, deadlifted a rather big toy, or pulled themselves up, or pushed themselves up, or pressed an object like your hand away from them when trying to remove their shirt or feed them when already full, or pushed a chair around so they can climb onto the table. All these things weren’t taught to them, they learned them naturally.