Getting set up to pull massive weights

210716 Getting set up to pull massive weights

By Danny M. O’Dell, M.A., CSCS*D

The start of any movement always sets up the sequence for the remainder of the lift. There are no exceptions. The beginning predetermines to great extent the end result, especially in short duration lifts.

The amount of time spent on the establishing the start varies from lift to lift. The shorter (measured in time) lifts demand more attention be devoted to the exact and very precise positioning of the body before even starting the pull from the floor. Longer time events don’t seem to require as much concentration on the body positions. However, if the posture of the feet, limbs, and torso are too far out of the proper start position then the lift will in all likelihood be lost or an injury may result.

It can also be said that the longer time that is spent in the competition exercise, the less the strength component is actually displayed during the lift, ergo the less significance the starting position plays in the final outcome.

V. I Rodionov stated in 1967 that the starting position will affect the barbell trajectory, the force produced by the athlete, the degree to which the muscles are included in the work of moving the weight, the amplitude through which the bar moves and the speed and perfection of the lift. The start, obviously, is an important piece of the lift.

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