Partial Olympic Weightlifting Movements for Athletic Strength

The sport of Olympic Weightlifting creates some of the most powerful humans alive. This is a byproduct of the movements themselves being movements that recruit more motor units than the majority of possible barbell movements, but also because they require the an immense amount of speed on the bar. Speed creates power, and this power is required from more motor units, resulting in an overall powerful human being. This is the basis behind Olympic movements being involved in a lot of NCAA level and above strength and conditioning programs.

The downside to these movements as part of a strength training program, is they require higher levels of skill to progress. If your sport is not requiring the skill of a full squat snatch or squat clean, are you getting good value by taking the time to learn the skill involved in the full movements? Or is that time better suited for sport specific skills? Often times variations of a movement are needed in the pursuit of individual, specific needs.

The utilization of truncated Olympic movements are better suited for general sports strength and conditioning. Immense power can still be developed throughout a full triple extension, which will effectively translate to athletic movement. The most effective partial movements for your strength training routine are as follows.

Power Cleans

Power Snatch

Hang Clean

Hang Snatch

Push Press


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