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olympic style weightlifting by Jim schmitz
Publisher : Ironmind | Reviewer: SFUK | Score : 9 out of 10








Olympic Style Weightlifting for the Beginner & Intermediate Video



By Jim Schmitz

Reviewed May 2002

About the author : Schmitz was the USA Weightlifting Team Coach for the 80 & 88 Olympics + President of the US Weightlifting Federation

Tale of the Tape:

  • 2hrs 53 mins long!
  • Price : US$ 24.95, or in a bundle with the manual US$ 37.90 from


  • Solid gold info - fantastic attention to detail
  • Next best thing to real-life instruction
  • Foolproof, step-by-step instruction
  • Almost 3 hours! No filler, no fluff just the good stuff
  • Schmitz has 37 + years lifting experience, you won't find many instructors with his credentials out there.

Lukewarm :

  • Very home-video 'production' quality
  • The Bench Press instruction is less detailed than other lifts

These days it's hard to find a gym with a lifting platform, (the last 2 commercial gyms I've visited didn't even have barbells!), let alone decent instruction on how to perform Olympic lifts. In most gyms you'll get shallow "instruction" from some kid fresh off his "instructors course", which is OK for geriatics on the pec dec, but ask them how to perform a Hang Power Snatch and you may as well be asking about calculus. Don't even try and ask what a Push Jerk is! Real Olympic lifting instruction is rare. Extremely rare.

That's where Jim Schmitz comes in.

This video was produced after his Olympic Style Weightlifing Manual, due to feedback from people who had bought the manual asking for video instruction.

First impressions on the tape : Cheapo! It's just a standard TDK 'home tape' - it even has a written note on the sticker saying "some distortion in the middle of the tape, sorry - Jim". Then you realise that Jim Schmitz has duplicated and labeled the tape himself - Cool!


Basically Schmitz goes through his manual and replicates each routine 'live'. Every lift is broken down into it's component stages and the detail is awesome. There's nothing like seeing the lifts broken down in motion. By disecting each lift bit-by-bit, Schmitz takes the fear factor out of the Snatch and C&J. Little things like hand and foot spacing, speed and tempo are all covered in detail. Also common mistakes are pointed out. This is just fantastic instruction and you'll be hard pressed to find as good a job done anywhere.

Here's the list of lifts covered:

  • Snatch
  • Power Snatch
  • Hang Power Snatch
  • Snatch High Pull
  • Clean & Jerk
  • Snatch Deadlift and Shrug
  • Clean High Pull
  • Power Clean
  • Hang Power Clean
  • Clean Deadlift and Shrug
  • Push Press
  • Push Jerk
  • Jerk
  • Back Squat
  • Front Squat
  • Overhead Squat
  • Bench press
  • Incline Bench Press
  • Military Press

At just under 3 hours in length it's also great value for money. There is just a ton of info. Not just technique but also the routines. Note that it's far easier to follow if you have the manual as well. Anyway Schmitz takes you right from weightlifting neophyte to intermediate state and your first comp.


The video is brilliant and if you haven't found yourself an instructor for Olympic lifts then this is the closest you are going to get. Well worth getting the manual that accompanies this tape. It will save you a lot of note taking and you'll understand how the routines are laid out quicker.

See also the review of the manual, as it's content is much the same.



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