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.
where Jim Schmitz comes in.
video was produced after his Olympic Style Weightlifing Manual, due to feedback
from people who had bought the manual asking for video instruction.
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!
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.
the list of lifts covered:
Deadlift and Shrug
Deadlift and Shrug
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.
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.
also the review of the manual, as it's content is much the same.