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Olympic weightlifting




25% (4 hours) of those 16 was spent doing conditioning exercises and stretching. The exercises consisted of sit-ups, leg raises, crunches, weighted back-extensions. The pre-session stretching was dynamic and ballistic in nature (though I wasn't aware of these names back then), and the post-training session stretching was of the static type.

In addition to this crucial 25%, there was the most important of all training phases, and that was the preparatory phase. When weightlifters come back from a 6 weeks holiday break, they do not simply jump into their maximal strength phase cycle, but rather, they get stuck into weightlifting circuit training, that is also accompanied by another preparatory phase to build maximum strength...., however this strength is neither muscle focused nor nervous system focused, but more connective tissues focused.

That equals to high volume training, with multiple sets of 5 repetitions at a very moderate percentage of the lifter's 1RM. This type of training helps to build and strengthen (and prepare) the tendons, ligaments, and all that is to do with the lifter's joints before the heavy weights start piling up onto that weightlifting bar.

My purpose in writing this thread, was to bring to light the importance of an element to our training that is not so glamorous, yet is the bedrock in setting the lifter up for the rest of the year. So please, if you are/were one who simply jumped into your training (as one does when excited about getting back into it), this time it'd be wise to take a step back, and prepare for the task ahead.

I wish you all injury free training.