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Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning Discussion' started by ExtremeStandard, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. ExtremeStandard

    ExtremeStandard Yellow Belt

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    I have been doing some searching and can't find any reason why the clean and press was abolished from the Olympic weight lifting games. Does anyone know the reason why? Just curious because I always thought that it was a very technical lift and would add more interest to the sport if it was still an event.
     
  2. Tosa

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    Two reasons. First, difficulty in judging the lift, Ie. how much lay back is acceptable, and how much is too much? And second, it makes competitions faster paced.
     
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    Ahh I see thanks Tosa. Well I could definitely see how judging would be difficult, but I mean they could create a standard of some kind for layback I'm sure. Too bad though.
     
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    Didn't Bill Starr write in an article that it was being used as a political tool? I believe Starr also wrote that the stated reason for abolishing the press was that it was too dangerous, though he believes that to be BS.

    Starr explains it thoroughly here:
    http://startingstrength.com/articles/olympic_press_starr.pdf
     
  5. Arpie

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    Its also in the SS book, which is very good read regardless.
     
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    ExtremeStandard Yellow Belt

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    I can't exactly see how the clean and press is a dangerous lift, I mean it's only dangerous without proper form or using more weight than you can lift. Any lift is dangerous when not properly examining the different aspects of it. Hell you could hurt yourself doing curls if your not knowledgeable about what to do.
     
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    gspieler Red Belt

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    While were on the subject, why is pressing illegal in competition? Is there an olympic lifter who can actually press more than jerk? And, at where exactly do you draw the line between a push press and push jerk? I know theres supposed to be no press in the jerk, but what if u jerk, then have to press out the final phase to complete the rep.
     
  8. Tosa

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    Any kind of pressing is illegal. In the jerk (both split jerk, and push jerk), it's you getting under the weight, and then standing up. Ie. any pushing that occurs during a jerk, happens while you're getting under the weight, and as much as someone is pushing the weight up, they're also pushing themselves under the weight.
     
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    milano I am the Walrus

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    It would be a failed lift.

    Personally I like the jerk much better than the press (for Olympic weightlifting). It's a much more explosive movement and you can lift a lot more.
     
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  10. CosmicOsmo

    CosmicOsmo Brown Belt

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    A visual example of this first point:



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    Yeah really. They could use the same technology they use to determine if a tennis ball was in or out.
     

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