Good Morning.

August 2, 2011

Occasionally I will go on youtube and watch lifting videos.  This is usually a mistake because sometimes after watching a video, I will scroll down to the comments section and read the idiotic hate and criticism vomited onto the keyboard by the internet heroes who, once behind the safety of their laptops, suddenly grow 10 feet tall and have a masters in exercise science.  That’s why I don’t allow comments on my videos.  i’m just not interested on what people on youtube have to say.

But I digress.

The most entertaining lifting videos on youtube are power clean videos from high school or college athletes.  Hands down.  The techniques is always terrible.  The people are always excited.  And the weights are always surprisingly heavy.  To be honest, I’m only half kidding when I say that I wish people in the Olympic Weightlifting community acted in this manner.  And I also see these videos as “proof”; proof that America could be a dominant force in weightlifting if our genetic crop chose individual sports like weightlifting.  We need more athletes.  We need more meatheads.  Instead we have a bunch of guys like me running around who work hard, actually know how to lift weights, but simply lack the raw talent.  (I’m not talking about any of the guys in the upper echelons of the weightlifting crowd because they’re obviously athletic, nor do I mean to offend anyone who competes in weightlifting because if you compete, you are an athlete.)

Here’s some entertaining ones.

See what I mean?  Terrible.  Absolutely terrible technique.  But so entertaining.  Think if we could get guys like this to actually train.



F. Squat:  170kg.  Getting easier.

Snatch off the blocks:  Finding my hips again.  took it up to 110.  Took some more from the floor at 100.

Clean pulls: triples at 140.  Finding my pull again.


Front Squat: 180kg.

Light snatch and cleans.

Behind the neck jerks from the rack:  hit 180kg.  Missed 200.

Good mornings with Team ST:  These were supposed to be done with a wide stance.  I kept mine narrow to make it more helpful for weightlifting.

Presses:  Kept it light 5×3.

9 Responses to “Good Morning.”

  1. Terri with a heart over the "i" said

    Those clean videos are gems, they make my knees want to ‘splode.

  2. Patrick Stroup said

    on the first video’s channel if you scroll down to one of them. You find this guy.

    then you find THIS guy… he actually completly lets go of the bar at the rack portion of the HC. Haha.

  3. 2743160 said

    When I did Good-Mornings out of chains my deadlift flew up. great exercise but not a lot of places set up to do them in. You can hit weights approaching your squat numbers with this exercise. Think it’s fair to say it’s more back & hamstrings and not as much hip so it’s good for off the floor strength but I don’t know how it’ll carry over to the hip pop you need for a big snatch or clean.

  4. cameron said

    This isn’t really related to your post, but:
    When you learned to snatch, did you try to “pull the bar apart” or did you follow another cue?
    I’m new to snatches and no coach.

    • bclaridad said

      Pull the bar apart? No. How long have you been lifting? A lot of cues that I’ve been coached with and use myself are: keep the bar close, heels, big hips, REACH!, head through, set yourself, etc. What specifically is your problem? Maybe I can help.

  5. cameron said

    I should’ve been more clear: when the bar gets overhead– it just feels like I’m straining to hold it overhead. I’m also confused about what I’m supposed to be doing with my shoulders/elbows; turning them in or out?

    I’ve been lifting for about 6 months now. Just started attempting to snatch. Clean technique came really easy for me.

    • bclaridad said

      It could be a number of problems. Most beginners have the issue of not elevating their traps with the bar overhead. Maybe post a video of your lifting in the comments section and I can critique it if I see any blaring errors.

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