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SportsEdTV Weightlifting Technique Series Has Launched!
The online weightlifting content developed by Olympic Coach Harvey Newton for SportsEdTV started November 1 with detailed technique analysis of the snatch lift.
"SportsEdTV is the definitive source for accurate information on weightlifting technique," said Coach Newton recently. "We will post regular content on the snatch and the clean-and-jerk, along with key supplemental exercises. All the information is free, so everyone can easily access safe, legitimate information on how to master the sport."
Newton continued, "The lift analysis and the step-by-step technique instruction is identical to that offered in my book Explosive Lifting for Sports. SportsEdTV really brings the written word to life, with several camera angles, first-class production and editing, and outstanding graphic highlights."
SportsEdTV, a new online resource for sports video instruction has launched its first weightlifting content. For more details check the recent press release: SportsEdTV press release
The first weightlifting segment is on the snatch lift. According to Olympic Coach Harvey Newton, SportsEdTV’s weightlifting advisor, "This is going to be a phenomenal new approach to educating, for free, people around the globe on the details needed to succeed in many sports."
Coach Newton will be providing instructional methods for safely and effectively learning proper weightlifting technique. Newton and a team of weightlifting coaches will regularly contribute blog content to SportsEdTV’s site. Check the first installment, dealing with the challenge of jumping back in the snatch: Jump Back Snatch: Why?
Shut Your Mouth! (or Not?)
"It’s interesting to see a number of lifters, especially novices, before lift-off open the mouth," says Olympic Coach Harvey Newton. "This seems to happen even in the weightroom or training hall with sub-max loads."
With rare exceptions, lifters up through the 1960s did not practice this action. Most lifters exhibited an understandable grimace while lifting heavy loads. Florida’s Bob Neff, a top ranked 67.5kg lifter, even performed the majority of his lifts with a smile.
"OK, so much of this is individual, I get that," said Newton. "Since it seems so much more prevalent today, is there a reason for this, or are we simply playing to the camera?"
Coach Newton’s recent blog discusses research that suggests that it is beneficial to maintain a clenched mouth while exerting force.
Olympic Committee Features Coach Newton in US Coaching Newsletter
Olympic Coach Harvey Newton recently was asked to contribute an article to the USOC’s August Team USA Coaching Newsletter. "USA Weightlifting asked elite coaches to contribute content applicable to Olympic Family coaches and athletes. This is what I do on a regular basis, so pulling this piece together was easy," Newton said.
He continued, "Proper strength training involves a number of variables. I always find it worthwhile to educate coaches on proper terminology so as to get everyone on the same page. But the article’s bottom line is to encourage, where appropriate, coaches to consider the use of weightlifting training for non-lifter athletes."
Below is a link to read Coach Newton’s blog that includes the full article, Weightlifting: Strength & Power for All Sports
So You Think Jumping Back in the Snatch is a Good Idea?
Today, we have far too many coaches and athletes thinking that they need to emulate the technique of elite international stars. Usually nothing could be farther from the truth.
According to Olympic Coach Harvey Newton, "It's a shame to see so many young, inexperienced lifters consider the 'jump-back' style of lifting as something to imitate. In most cases, young lifters fail to execute properly, lose key lifts, and increase their frustration."
Coach Newton discusses in this blog entry the rationale behind coaching young lifters in textbook perfect technique first. "This is especially important when a lifter is snatching approximately their own bodyweight," says Newton.
This blog post features a Dartfish technique analysis of an elite young lifter missing a key snatch mostly because of this jump-back technique. The second part of the blog suggests quick and efficient ways of correcting this technique error.
Sometimes it's the small rules, or the interpretation or even knowledge of or ability to see the small rules that make a difference.
According to Olympic Coach Harvey Newton, "At both national and international meets we frequently seem to have technical officials who lack the ability to properly enforce the technical rules."
As an example, Newton continues, "Witness the +105s at the Rio Olympic Games when favorite Salimi (IRI) was approved on a jerk that clearly (at least from my NBC Sports vantage point) included bending and extending of the arms, a violation of IWF Rule 220.127.116.11. The Jury, in a unanimous action, overturned the referees, refused the lift, and contributed to an upset in this class."
Using Dartfish, Coach Newton illustrates another example of a small technical rule that got past the officials at this year’s USA Olympic Trials.
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the weightlifting certification. It was a major paradigm shift in many ways, especially learning of the important of the power position and ankle mobility for weightlifting.
At first I was somewhat frustrated, as I struggled conceptualizing the teaching of weightlifting in this manner to athletes. Then, I looked at myself in the power position and realized how closely it mimics a vertical jump, and changed my mind. After a week of focus on this position, my dunking ability is improving.
I also really appreciated your honesty on what your experience taught you to be true, and teaching us more useful information than we would have received otherwise. It was great getting to know you as a person and a coach, and I hope all is well with you."