Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Power Lifting vs Weight Lifting

Most people do not realize that there is a difference in Power Lifting and Weight Lifting.  I believe this is important for new lifters because the approach to both should be different. 

First you have to have a goal to create a plan.  If you want to improve your snatch, then do you need to do dead lifts two times a week?  No.  If you want to improve your bench press, do you need to work on clean and jerks?  No.  Once you decide your goal then create a plan to accomplish it.

When you are creating the plan realize that power lifting is about brut strength and not highly technical.  Go pick up that bar off the ground.  When you reach your 1 RM, the impact to your body is very taxing.  This means you can't do this every day.

Weight lifting is highly technical and should be done very frequently to improve the muscle memory.  You can vary the movements but they all should be working towards repeating the full snatch or clean and jerk. 

Can you see the difference in how you would approach reaching your goals? 
Here is a really good video to drill more into the topic.

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