Monday, March 5, 2012

Joachim B. Olsen

A nice video clip of a great athlete training. Joachim, from Denmark, competed collegiately in the United States for the University of Idaho in the discus and shotput, later focusing on the shot.
Some great video showing nice form in the basic lifts. Nothing exotic or "special", just solid squats, presses, and pulls with heavy weights. My only input would be that his recieving  or "catch" postition for the power clean is painful to watch and likely contributed to the "slipped disc" (a vague term for low back injury and pain) mentioned in 2009. It has always been my belief that coaches of ahtletes who use weightlifting techniques in their training, whether throwers, football, rugby,...whatever, should know and coach weightlifting technique with as much precision as they do sport techniques. Injuries, chronic or acute, are not inevitable. Good lifting technique is the most efficient and forgiving on the body. If an athlete cannot show a good solid rack postition, then either develop it or stick with pulls.


  1. Dang Mr. Whaley, maybe you should teach him how to snatch.... correctly haha :D

  2. I don't blame athletes who are training for sports other than weight lifting for using only power snatches and cleans....however I think if started at a young age, all athletes would benefit from learning and using full snatches and cleans. In our situation at Monument Valley High School we have the opportunity to work with young incoming athletes and get them started with full lifts. They develop the needed motor patterns flexibility as they learn. A strength coach at the collegiate level has incoming athletes who have only done the "power" versions of the lifts and lack the motor patterns and flexibility. It is hard to develop these qualities with an advanced athlete for several reasons. One is ego. Few athletes are willing to back off in weight and relearn lifts. Another is unbalanced development of some muscle groups and movement patterns. Another is the lack of knowlege of many "strength coaches". If they don't have a really sound and in depth understanding themselves, they can never teach it properly. I still believe that the full lifts are the best and can be taught effectively, but are best taught early in the career when athletes are young and flexible. (BOTH PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY) For mature athletes who already struggle with proper technique, use variations of the lifts that do not over stress joints and cause injury. That's my opinion.
    -Ollie Whaley

  3. joachim actually hurt his back and did slip a disc doing deadlifts....he loved heavy deadlifts and did them all the time. He also had problems catching the bar properly in the clean because his shoulders and biceps were so big

  4. Most often, when disc injuries occur, it is a result of cumulative micro trauma. A injury may occur when doing a certain lift, like deadlift, but not necessarily be caused by it. Excessive hyper extension on cleans or over head work could cause wear and tear that causes a disc to "blow out" while doing heavy deadlifts for example. If an athlete has physical properties like large biceps for example, then stick to pulls rather than try to compensate by hyper extending the lumbar spine.