Explosive Lifting - Part 3

by Harvey Newton |   Date Released : 06 Apr 2009
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Harvey Newton

About the author: Harvey Newton

Harvey Newton regularly holds workshops and seminars on explosive lifting. He is the author of the book and DVD, Explosive Lifting for Sports, along with many other products. Harvey is a former national and Olympic coach for USA Weightlifting and was executive director and editor of the NSCA’s Strength & Conditioning Journal. <br><br>

Harvey is the owner of Newton Sports in Florida, where he continues to offer solid, easy-to-understand information on safe and proper resistance training and technique.

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Hedrick, Allen | 25 May 2012, 03:21 AM

It amazes me that people are so quick to criticize technique demonstrated, especially realizing that Mr. Newton is a former national team coach for USA Weightlifting and a Senior International Coach. Obviously he would not post pictures of an athlete demonstrating incorrect technique. Before you start to criticize you need to consider the source the information is coming from. Harvey I appreciate the article and the work that you do. Allen Hedrick, M.A., CSCS, RSCC, FNSCA, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Colorado State University-Pueblo/

Newton, Harvey | 27 Sep 2011, 14:31 PM

Varying opinions noted. The model is a national-level competitor, exhibiting excellent technique, in my opinion. Straps may successfully be used in this lift, in my opinion. His knees ARE over his toes when racking the bar, which is standard for weightlifters and not an issue, in my opinion. I am unclear how a lifter could perform a clean without using his lower back or how the reader determines "too much."

Others are welcome to write their opinions and show the pictures they choose.

Continued best wishes to PTontheNet.

Harvey Newton (author)

Millington, Mel | 24 Sep 2011, 20:22 PM

My comment is to support the 1st two. Hopefully there is enough backing to subject changing the images.

Dzurka, Christopher | 19 Jul 2010, 14:02 PM

Yes, I agree. This subject has terrible form catching the bar. His shoulders look real tight and his wrists are locked. Well, he is using straps which is probably one of the biggest mistakes for athletes or your clients. If he drops the weight and doesn't lower his entire body he could lose a shoulder or two, plus that takes away from hand and wrist development.
His squat stance is off on the catch and the weight is too much for the subject. His knees look to be protruding over the toes and hes using his lower back too much. Olympic lifting needs to be done properly and these pictures do not show a good example. I am certified by the NSCA and they would never use these pictures.

Keys, Shaun | 19 May 2010, 08:43 AM

I just want to mention that I think you need to have a look at the technique of this guy as the bar is all over the place in some of the photos. As trainers we come here to see and learn the lifts and we need to see proper form. Luckily I am trained in these lifts but for a new trainer this can be a bit misleading.

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