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Friday, February 21, 2014

Weightlifting History

Since we are on the theme of Weightlifting history with the last post,here is another short video that does a nice job of outlining the history of competitive weightlifting and has some great historical pictures and videos. By the way, our last post about Alexeev showed him demonstrating a leg extension device he developed and teaching a young lifter to use it. When I watched this, I have to admit I wasn't all that impressed. I figured he just "invented" an awkward poor man's leg extension machine substitute. However, since I have been having some knee issues, it stuck in my mind and I decided to give it a try. I set up on an orignal Louie Simmons style reverse hyper unit (with the nylon straps around the ankles). I faced forward and laid back like Alexeev demonstrated. I was amazed at how much different this exercise was than a seated leg extension. It worked my quads in a whole different way and really did help my knees to feel better. It brings home the point again that no matter how long you've been around, just when you thought you've seen everything, there is always something to learn or relearn. Enjoy the journey.

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