Monthly Archives: March 2007

Getting out of the hole, part 2

Previously we discussed why monster squat strength alone will not guarantee successfully rising from a clean.  What is the secret?  My humble opinion is that a mixture of training for maximal strength and specific strength is the key, to building enough “usable” strength to rise from a clean.  We will talk about the technique component in another post.  Let’s face it, when the average athlete does a maximal back squat set, whether it is a set of 5 or a single, there is usually nothing specific about the positions and speed of the movement.  Very little is in common with either the competitive lifts in weightlifting or with any other athletic endeavor.  This does not mean that there is no value to this, Continue reading

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