Coaches: Teach Beginners How to Miss a Lift

Good weightlifting instruction includes teaching beginners how to safely drop a failed lift. "Learning how to safely drop a failed lift must be practiced," says Olympic Coach Harvey Newton. "We can't wait for the first unsuccessful lift to see if a lifter escapes injury by getting clear of falling weights."

Coach Newton recently witnessed an experienced lifter suffer several lower body injuries that resulted from a failed snatch. "Here’s some solid advice. Have novices practice dropping empty bars or dowels from various positions on the first day. Have them experience creating sufficient distance between themselves and falling weights so as to avoid injury."

How to safely drop a snatch in front or behind? Here are examples from Coach Newton's Dartfish TV channel:

Click here for Coach Newton's full article: Teach 'em to Miss!

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"Dear Harvey-

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."


Stephen Wells
Hope College