Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Olympic Lifting

There are two weightlifting movements contested at the Olympic Games. They are the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk.

This morning we were performing dumbbell cleans as part of our bootcamp routine.

(We use them as a metabolic exercise, rather than a power exercise)

Why do we do cleans?

Well, this guy below probably doesn't do anything other than the Clean and Jerk, Snatch, and a variety of squats. Olympic Lifters don't do any jogging or other exercise that could take energy away from their weightlifting. So his leanness is a result of exercise selection and intensity.

Now, this dude is obviously an elite athlete. But I think an athletic build is what most people would prefer, rather than the grotesque comic-bookery of a bodybuilder or the beef-jerky look of a marathoner.

Cleans help you build lean, sexy muscle. Plus they increase your athleticism and give your muscles that "ready" look. (This is actual muscle tone. Science geeks like me call it "Myogenic Tone." What most people call tone is a measure of leanness, not muscle tone. Sorry, pet peeve.)

The Take-Home Message for today is: Training like an athlete will help you reach your goals, whether they be athletic or aesthetic.

Want more, do more, BE more,


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