Making the Right Choice
Written by Cody Burgener
People make choices every day. I don’t feel like I need to give examples here because, come on, you know when a decision has been bestowed on you. There is one choice though that can change your life in so many ways. That choice is what weightlifting program you should follow.
My honest answer is that any program you choose is going to be beneficial to you, but which kind of program do you choose? One that has a lot of volume in it or one that makes you lift weights closer to your personal best? How about a program that does more work from the hang position, or one that rarely does Olympic lifts, but more power lifting type movements? As you can see, there are a lot of different kinds of programs out there, but you to choose the right one, you need to know what your weaknesses are. In my blog post, I will be writing weaknesses that I commonly see and I will suggest what kind of weightlifting program you should follow.
Example #1 – The Strength Athlete
You are an athlete who is strong but your technique in the Olympic lifts is poor. You are one of the lifters that can power snatch more than you snatch because you rely more on your strength rather than your speed. There are two types of programs you can choose from. One olympic weightlifting program would see the majority of the Olympic lifts done from the hang. This program will force the athlete to work more on his speed under the bar. The second program is one with a little more volume. The reason for this is because you don’t need to work on your strength. We know you are strong, but your technique is poor. Having more volume means lighter weight, so that athletes can work on their foot work, bar path, speed, and hitting proper positions.
Example #2 – The Not-So-Strong Athlete
You are an athlete who is fundamentally sound in the Olympic lifts, but your strength is like either of my brothers; meaning, on the weak side. The program you need to choose can either be more volume or attempting percentages close to your 1RM, but it must have a good amount of power lifting movements. Meaning, lots and lots of squats, press, and deadlift.
Example #3 – The Well Rounded Athlete
You are an athlete that is strong and fundamentally sound in the Olympic lifts. The program for you is an easy choice. Find a program that makes you lift close to your 1 RM the majority of the time. Make sure its a smart program as well because your body will need to have a deload week every once in awhile. You can also choose a hang program to really work on your explosiveness and speed under the bar.