Ive recently changed to a new gym because i felt i needed to be in a weightlifting enviorment. It was very intimitating at first because it was very intense and the lifters are some of the best lifters in the country. Its a mix of weightlifters, powerlifters and athletes (shotput, javelin etc). Just thought id share some stuff ive learnt. Take it for what it is. Rep range is usually between 1-5 reps lifters usually do 4-6 attemts on 1 rep lifts. Alot of the time is focused on volume. Doing the lifts over and over Not much accessory work. If a lift is weak they simple train it more often (up to 8 times a week) Usually lifters squat, do 1 main lift and train 1 excercise on their weakpoints. rarely go to failiure, explosive power, speed and technique is the primary focus They always find a weakness in the other lifters (every rep) and will shout/bully them until they get it right! that usually happens in 2-3 attempts. Olympic squats and powerlifting squats are completely different motions. Depth and speed are essential for squats. No need to keep everything super tight in squats like ive learnt. keep firm and relaxed. When going into the hole you will feel an urge to go up again when the weight feels too heavy. Let the bar accelerate you into the hole, you will rebound fast! (ive noticed that going back up too early is a primary reasoln for knee pain). Olympic lifters usually start first in the knees when squatting. Powerlifter start with hips. Try breaking at knees first in lighter lifts you will learn alot. Keep it simple and train with more experienced lifters. Enough of me rambling.