Olympic Lifting Seminar at Bang Fitness

 We're going to be offering an Olympic lifting seminar sometime in October and I wanted to find out who might be interested.

If you're not familiar with the Olympic lifts, know this: they are awesome. While not the only way to skin a cat, they occupy a prized place in the arsenal of exercises designed to train explosive movement.

Our seminar will be conducted by John Gray, a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a NCCP Master Learning Facilitator and Certified Coach in Weightlifting. John is also a PhD candidate in spine biomechanics under one of the top researchers in the world. He's coached on the collegiate level and is a pretty great guy all-around.

This seminar will teach the Olympic lifts from the ground-up. If you've been playing around with O-lifts on your own, but want to refine your form -- or simply want to start things right -- this seminar is for you.

I'm waiting to finalize the date, but thought I would put the feelers out on this bad boy. Please let me know via the forum or c/o geoff@bangfitness.com

I'm in. Dust of the mini weights. I wanna look like pipes!

I might be interested. Need to know dates, fees, that good stuff. Also would it be friendly to oly lift beginners???

You know I'm in already but out of curiosity what's the cost looking like?

 Just trying to get a non-Thanksgiving Sunday in October organized.

We're all about introducing beginners to these lifts. It's often easier if you don't have any bad habits to strip away.

As far as cost, I'll have to let you know. I can promise it will be reasonable, though.

Wow. John Gray. Awesome.

might be interested, but a few "conditions":

1. since most people on this forum (like myself) are primarily interested in S&C exercises to improve our performance in BJJ, MMA, etc. -- is the seminar going to be focused on what's most appropriate for our respective sports? because there's a bunch of Clean&Jerk and Snatch variations, but some are probably better suited to our sport than others

2. this might sound retarded, but will the seminar cover how to train O-lifts with non-standard equipment? one reason you don't see alot of people do O-lifts at your regular run of the mill gym (or at home) is that most aren't set up for them. lack of knowledge nothwithstanding. so what do you do if the gym you work out at doesn't have rubberized plates, platforms, etc? Or worse, you're at home and have standard plates? [Not that I do, have Ironmaster dbells and a universal machine]

3. cost, date, length of seminar? I think its fair to say i'm not that interested in just standing around watching a bunch of other people demo'ing the lifts and talking if I don't get a shot at trying them

4. handouts available? one fatal flaw of many types of seminars is that you either have to write your own notes or videotape (if allowed, but impossible sometimes if you're at a seminar solo). I don't go to executive meetings that don't have summary notes, and when i was in MBA school, my better profs were appropriately prepared

 Joe Doerksen and Robin Chirp lift weights.

I lift weights alright..... I lift 'em with Geoff at Bang Fitness these days.
I lift the HELL outta them.

I would tell anyone who's interested to definitely check this seminar out. Geoff, in addition to being semi-attractive, is really a top-notch instructor/coach/play-date friend.
Geoff really does know SO much about sport specific training and the biology of training and stuff.... he's kinda obsessed....


 JCJ, why is it that the people who "might" be interested are always the highest maintenance? Did they cover that in your fancy MBA learnin' program?

Okay . . .

1. My primary pre-occupation is maximizing functional carry-over for athletes. While there are some approaches to the lifts that are better for non-specialists, this has more to do with adjusting for individual mechanics. It's certainly not an issue of saying cleans are good for wrestlers, snatches for rhythmic gymnasts. Both are good for both. What you can do to maximize your risk to reward ratio for any particular lift is the (highly subjective) question. This is something that John is extremely well equipped to answer.

2. This is a good question. We'll be using bars and broomsticks, I expect. The reasons are 1) So that everyone is able to practice the lifts and get critiqued; 2) To emphasize the form itself.

I would argue that one's objective with the O-lifts should be perfect movement. Weights are the litmus test we apply to see if that movement has flaws in it. More weight means less fudging. However we return -- again and again -- to the fundamental patterning and sub-maximal loads. And since we will probably not be dropping sub-maximal loads on the floor, it's not unheard of to train O-lifts in commercial gyms. Why, I saw a gentleman cleaning (badly) just the other night with zero flack from the staff.

3. If you're coming, you're lifting. See above.

4. This is a very good idea. I'll see what we can put together. Be aware that the first bullet point will probably be telling you to sell your universal machine.

I'm there. I'll be bringing out the spandex suit as well. Fuckin aye

orbit - I'm there. I'll be bringing out the spandex suit as well. Fuckin aye


I might be interested depends on the date.

thanks for the feedback.

yes the paradox is true. the highest maintenance people are usually your critics, people not interested, won't commit etc. that's why companies have Sales&Marketing departments, because its less often the case than the norm that something is so good gets sold on its own.

anyhow, as long as the cost is good and no time conflicts, I'll be there.

regarding the universal, got it for a steal and primarily for my wife (doesn't like to change plates). i rarely use it since I have access to 2 gyms, but if i'm at home and really bored, still got my ironmasters and tractor tire.

that man is all balls.
my outfit will be even tighter