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The Olympic Lifts—Suggested Practices and Common Mistakes

by Vilayat Del Rossi, MA, CSCS,*D, USAW
NSCA Coach June 2017
Vol 4, Issue 2

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This article reviews the basics of the Olympic lifts, including strength base, skill transfer, snatch progressions, and clean and jerk progressions. This article also covers several suggested practices for strength and conditioning coaches to fine-tune and progress learning and coaching of the lifts.

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This article originally appeared in NSCA Coach, a quarterly publication for NSCA Members that provides valuable takeaways for every level of strength and conditioning coach. You can find scientifically based articles specific to a wide variety of your athletes’ needs with Nutrition, Programming, and Youth columns. Read more articles from NSCA Coach »

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Vilayat Del Rossi is the founder and Head Coach of SO CAL Strength and Conditioning (SC2) and is the Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness at Cal...

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