Yesterday I drove WAY out to MIke's Gym in Bonsall, California. This place is in the middle of acres and acres of land with a gorgeous view. MIke's Gym is based in his 2 car garage which is packed with kettlebells, olympics weightlifting equipment, crossfit stuff, and much more. This is all you would ever need for a hardcore workout.
Greg Everett (USA Weightlifting Club Coach, Crossfit Trainer, RKC, and CSCS) was nice enough to invite me to the gym and teach me a couple moves. I would have to say I have never tried Olympic lifts and I felt extremely humbled by them. They are far more challenging than any kettlebell moves I have ever tried. I had a good time trying to maneuver some of these lifts. My body definitely was trying to resist, since it was such an unnatural feeling.
Here is Greg's info. Greg will be doing an Olympic Weightlifting Clinic Oct 6 & 7th. You should definitely check it out!
http://www.cathletics.com/ Here is the event info http://www.performancemenu.com/resources/events/olyClinic.php
Here is a picture of a Muy Thai Fighter. The view is in the back of this incredible unique gym. Then there is me doing a clean and jerk with a kettlebell at the end of the olympic weightlifting session.
Like you Lauren, I found the Olympic lifts to be so unnatural and so hard to learn. KB's are way easier to learn, no doubt. I wish I could do the O-lifts but because of my orthopedic challenges the KB are much better for my structure!
Hope you like Olympic lifting and learn them well!
I didn't get the pleasure to meet Mike. But next time I go I will.
It would definitely be nice to be able to master the Olympic lifts. I am sure the learning curve is much slower and would take lots of dedication. One day when I have more time I will.
His TGU sit-ups are dicey, but I cut him some slack since I'm more interested in his power output and general AKP rating.
I tried to copy and paste the link but it didn't work. Is there a letter off??
That tire is one size fits all. All that KB swinging should have built you a nice strong back! I promise I won't make you flip it UP the driveway--just on the flats.
Then maybe we can introduce you to my sand bags...
And then I can introduce you to some REAL exercises: