I'm a 46 year old 160 lb. male beginning to learn the snatch and C&J. I'm reasonably fit, but no athlete. My purpose is to gain the fitness benefits of the O lifts. So going heavy is not a major goal, but I do want to learn good technique.Is there a minimum weight needed on the bar to perform proper technique?Once I learn decent technique, is there an ideal percentage of bodyweight one should lift with to maximize the fitness benefits while minimizing risk of injury?
If you are doing the olifts for general fitness, I would personally stick to the "power" forms of both of the lifts.
QuoteIf you are doing the olifts for general fitness, I would personally stick to the "power" forms of both of the lifts.Nah, if he can't find I coach I wouldn't bother learning the power movements over the full movements. In my experience and from what I have witnessed from others doing the power movements before the full lifts is that they develop bad habits. For instance a lot of people I see tend to split their feet out too wide for a power clean. Now if you were learning the squat clean you wouldn't be able to do that.If you can find a coach or experienced lifter that can properly show you the technique it will make learning easier.As far as reducing the chance of injuries in lifting, I would suggest warming up before a lifting session and stretching daily.
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