Chad Vaughn’s 315lb Clean & Jerk, Slow Mo

Chad Vaughn’s 315lb Clean & Jerk, Slow Mo

When coaching new students how to clean and jerk or snatch, it’s hard for them to understand — initially at least — how beautiful these movements can be when the technique has been honed for many, many, hours, weeks, months, years. It’s easy for new students to get frustrated if the coordination isn’t forthcoming immediately. I try to remind them that Olympic weightlifters spend their entire careers developing and improving these two lifts, or components of these movements. They practice a few hours a day, often for a decade or more of their lives. That context helps new students settle into the process of simply improving a little each time.

I often suggest that new students look up YouTube videos of Olympic weightlifters performing the clean and jerk and snatch. It’s easy to be impressed by the amount of weight these athletes lift, but since these athletes are so incredibly fast, if you blink, you will not see their full extension. However, when watching a good lifter in slow motion, it’s a little easier to wrap the mind around their full expression of power and speed. Here is a beautiful example.

Have a great weekend, friends, and keep on practicing!


Friday’s Workout
Test Week

5 Pull Ups
10 Push Ups
15 Squats

And Coming Monday

A. Push Up Skill Practice
Focus on hollow-body position

B. For quality load
7 sets, working up across sets
2 Front Squats & 1 Jerk

C. 4 RFT on the 3:00
200m Run
5 Burpee Pull Ups
**2min Cap**



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