The Press of I. Foeldi

The Press of I. Foeldi (Bantamweight, Hungary) World Record Holder

R.A. Roman, M.S. Shakirzyanov

The Press, the Snatch, the Clean and Jerk

Moscow, FiS, 14 – 15:1970

Translated by Andrew Charniga, Jr.

Sportivny Press©

The athlete’s trunk is straight and leaning forward to an angle of 45° in the starting position for the clean. The pelvis is above the knees. The shoulders are pulled back, are “taut” and are over the bar. The head is in a vertical position and the line of sight is forward. The vertical  projection of the body’s center of gravity is at the middle of the foot (figure 1, position 1).

The athlete lifts the barbell to his chest in the squat clean style (figure 2, position 2). Upon recovering from the squat position, he assumes the starting position for the press (figures 3, 4 positions 3, 4). The pelvis is shifted forward by 7 cm. The trunk is leaning backward to an angle of 15°.

The sportsman does not begin to lift the barbell immediately upon receiving the signal to press. He begins by shifting the pelvis forward a little (approximately 4 cm; figures 5, 6), then backwards; then he straightens the trunk (figures 7, 8).

The barbell is shifted 2 cm forward and lowered 6 cm (position 6); it is then raised 15 cm up and moves 1 cm away from the athlete (position 8).

Upon straightening the trunk, the sportsman energetically presses on the barbell; this causes its speed to reach 1.04 m/sec. The athlete once again assumes a bowed position because the energetic pressure of the arms pushing on the barbell acts against the shoulders in the opposite direction. The barbell is raised strictly vertical (figure 9, position 9).

The athlete experiences difficulty straightening the arms when the elbows form an angle of approximately 90° and the shoulders are in a horizontal position (figure 9). The sportsman leans backward and shifts his pelvis forward in order to overcome this difficult position (figure 10, 11). The barbell continues to be raised vertically (position 11).

The athlete shifts his trunk and head forward and his pelvis backward when the arms are almost straight (figures 12, 13). Having finished straightening his arms and his trunk, the athlete fixes the barbell overhead (figure 14, position 14).

Foeldi raised the barbell 49 cm. The barbell trajectory was strictly vertical. The starting position was optimum. The athlete did not bend his knees at the instant of barbell separation and he shifted the pelvis forward only slightly (by 4 cm). The backwards leaning of the athlete’s trunk in the second phase of the press was moderate (less than 40°).

Foeldi’s press is, to a larger extent, more of a strength press than other athletes; for instance, indicative of this is the speed of separation of only 1.04 m/sec, versus 1.3 m/sec for Nassiri in the same weight class.



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