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Essays covering a range of topics from weightlifting biomechanics; injury susceptibility in sport; weightlifting training; weightlifting sports science.

Weightlifting Exercises Out of Sync: Part II: pulls to stick

The basic premise of this exercise: one is to learn the necessary height of lifting in the pull to lift a maximum weight in the classic exercise. The height of lifting needed to fix a weight in either the snatch or the clean is determined for a given athlete. For instance, this was considered to be about sternum height for the snatch.  

Elastic energy in the classic weightlifting exercises: a coupling of Physics & Physiology

there is little if anything in the literature concerning the affect of barbell oscillation/vibration on the weightlifter’s physiology; likewise, the skill to coordinate release of elastic energies from the barbell’s elastic recoil with those energies from the weightlifter’s bio – springs. The effects of barbell vibration/oscillation and deflection (bend) on weightlifting technique involves physics, physiology and the weightlifter’s skill to coordinate the two: the physics with physiology.  

A Too – Tall – For – Weightlifting -Female – Weightlifter

It has been established the relative results of female lifters drop significantly after 64 kg. More often than not, the extra mass does not facilitate the athlete’s (males as well as females) ability to qualitatively improve results. This is especially true of the female lifter’s results; due to an already disproportionate to men, fat mass; which can be exacerbated by  weight gain with disproportionately more fat mass added to fit into a heavier category.

Weightlifting Exercises Out of Sync

“Sometimes a lot of time is wasted developing muscles whose role in the performance of the snatch and the clean and jerk are very insignificant. The sportsman wastes time and effort in developing muscles which have little bearing on the competition exercises.