Weightlifting Tech Tip: Creating a System
When performing the olympic lifts on a barbell it is important to understand that once the lifter grips the barbell there is no longer a lifter and a barbell, the two become one. The mass of the lifter and action of the body must counterbalance the effect of gravity and horizontal movement on the bar as the athlete moves through the lift. Understanding the desired bar path to the overhead position allows the lifter to make certain adjustments to balance of the system throughout the lift. If the lifter does not shift his/her weight back immediately as the bar leaves the floor, the system balance will shift forward. If the barbell is allowed to drift away from the body during final extension this will impact the bar/body system. The closer the barbell is kept to the body the more control the athlete will have over it and more vertical force can be delivered. Next time you are lifting, do not think of lifting the bar, but rather having the weight of the bar become a part of your system.