Information! Guest post by Bob Takano world class weightlifting coach and long time strength and conditioning coach for a variety of sports. The author’s views are entirely his own and may not reflect the views of WODshop.
The solution is going to vary with each specific case and the approach will have to be case by case. What has worked well for me is to prioritize the technical errors. My usual approach with a newcomer who has done some lifting is to watch the lifter perform the snatch and clean & jerk with weights that will cause technical breakdowns to occur.
At that point I try to determine what is the worst problem and realize that it will take almost daily work and will be the last one to be corrected. For example if the lifter is hesitant about dropping into a full bottom position in the snatch, that problem will be addressed most frequently and with the largest variety of strategies/exercises.
Any simple problems that can be fixed relatively quickly by simple fixes such as grip width adjustment are taken care of in just a few sessions and need not be attacked so vigorously.
If the worst problem is a range of motion/ flexibility one, it can be approached in the warm-up, the regular workout and in the post workout sessions.
Many technical problems are due to a poor conceptualization of proper execution. When these types of problems are present, I try to direct the lifter to one of my lifters who is technically skilled in order to observe the proper execution and timing pattern. Regular and consistent observation and mimicking can often help to resolve these motor learning issues.
If the lifter is especially weak in an area that is lagging behind the rest of the body, then it can be approached frequently and at the end of sessions. For instance, lower back remediation can be added later in a session without affecting any of the other training.
Difficult motor learning problems should always be remediated during the early parts of training sessions.
The coach should always keep in mind that energy spent in remediation should be taken into consideration when devising training for aspects that are not in need of improvement or balancing. For example, a lengthy session spent correcting snatching technique will affect energy levels when later working on jerking, which may not be a problem. The fatigued nervous system cannot be expected to still function as well if previously exhausted by a demanding remediation session.
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