Power is pretty damn important!
Not only for sport, to run quicker, pedal harder, or run into people with more momentum
But also as a training tool to look and feel more athletic
However, the fitness industry has gone a bit bonkers
As apparently now all you need to be a strength and conditioning coach is a photo/video of you doing an Olympic lift
(would you trust someone was a Dr just because they had a stethoscope)
The concept of Olympic lifting to improve power has just got out of control
This leaves the likes of you thinking it’s a MUST…
Thinking being awesome at any oly lift means your now a better runner, cyclist, rugby player or more attractive human!
That’s just not the reality…
What do I mean? Well.
I like Jamie Oliver
Although he’s a bit of an annoying ‘geezer’, he’s a world class chef
To have become that he’s had to develop many, many skills
Now like me, you might have got quite a good skill in chopping leaks rapidly with a kitchen knife
Does that skill make you a great chef?
(in my case, no!)
The fitness industry from personal trainers to big box gyms now use Olympic lifts like my analogy above…
Yet, they are just 1 of many tools for you to develop power and your body
And in fact a tool which isn’t good for improving other qualities (e.g. aerobic fitness)
If you want to develop power and athleticism, don’t think:
‘give me a bar, some rubber weights and get my oly lifting’
But instead think…
‘what tool is best for me to achieve this’
That might be plyometric drills (particularly if you’re a runner)
It could be a sled acceleration (if your sport involves sprinting)
It depends on your goal and the function of your body
Hence at CP some team members do Olympic lifts…
Some don’t even go near them
Training is about the outcome, the goals and results YOU WANT…
Not about just becoming good at a type of training
(unless of course you’re a competitive Olympic lifter!)
Dave ‘cuts like a knife’ Cripps