Raising the bar on lifting

Jake Baxter is an industry authoritarian in the world of Olympic Lifting coaching, newbies and those that want to improve technique to athletes. He shares some valuable advice to those who want to improve in this area.

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February 12, 2020

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Jake Baxter is an industry authoritarian in the world of Olympic Lifting coaching, newbies and those that want to improve technique to athletes. He shares some valuable advice to those who want to improve in this area.

Olympic Weightlifting is a complex set of movements pulling together a blend of strength and skill. You can’t express one without the other which makes it a very unique method of training. It used to be a minority sport however participation has increased with the introduction of CrossFit and the ‘functional fitness’ space.

It is still new to many of the individuals training in the CrossFit/functional fitness world and it takes years of consistent practice to succeed with the olympic lifts due to the complexities of the movements. Everyone would like to execute a perfect looking Snatch but that is built upon doing the basics well consistently over a long period of time. 

There are a couple of essentials when starting out Olympic Weightlifting. These are;

  • Get an experienced coach
  • Follow a program that meets your needs and experience level


Build a solid foundation with you Squats, Pulls and Presses. This develops the required strength base needed to express the skill you are learning. Alongside this practice all variations of the Snatch, Clean and Jerk to work towards a sound understanding of how to move your body and the barbell in sync. 

Lastly, don’t be impatient to max out. Aim to push a ‘technical’ max, which can be described as the weight at which you can perform the movement before technique breaks down. If you always lift with the aim of doing it perfectly you will have less chance of breaking down when you eventually hit 1RM lifts. Those who are patient are rewarded in the long term

Jake has been coaching and Olympic Lifting for 8 years so is an expert in this field with a wealth of knowledge, tips and passion.

Check out his lifting program at https://app.fitr.training/plan/1489


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