Explosive Speed and Power Development Using the Olympic Lifts

It’s of my opinion that the most efficient and single best way to develop EXPLOSIVE speed and power is by utilizing the Olympic lifts (clean & jerk, snatch) and their variations into your training for continued speed, strength, and power.

Obviously for an athlete, these qualities are of great importance if they wish to succeed on the athletic field. I mean, just look at the vertical jump on the athlete in the picture!! Nothing bulky or slow whatsoever about him (he is a multi-world champion and Olympic medalist).

Take a look at a few of our athletes filmed today performing different variations of the Olympic-style lifts and notice how much force and explosive power it takes to get the weights above their heads. You can even pause the video right at the most violent portion of the lift (when the bar meets the hips) and see for yourself – looks awfully familiar to a vertical jump!

If you aren’t familiar with how to do these lifts, you need to find a qualified coach to teach them to you! Trust me, you will NOT be disappointed once you find out for yourself how FUN and CHALLENGING they can be – but the end result will be worth it!

Time to get after it!

- John Cortese

PS – If you want to learn how to perform the olympic style lifts, come on down to CTS. We have qualified coaches that can help you learn how to perform these movements to maximize your athletic potential!

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