Episode 4: Olympic Lifting for Endurance Athletes with Ben Richens
This week on the Train Smarter podcast we have an interview with Strength & Conditioning coach Ben Richens of The Athletic Edge.
I’ve been asked a few times recently about the use of Olympic Lifts (Snatch & Clean and Jerk) in reference to endurance athletes. I thought it would be a great opportunity to interview Ben as I know he does a lot of work with triathletes in particular and has a strong personal background in both competitive running and weightlifting!
Ben mentioned the Clean Pull in his interview, below is a video demonstration:
- Although this is a very simple exercise, getting coaching from an person qualified to teach this is always preferential
- Practice first with a wooden stick or just the movement without a bar
- This is an exercise to develop explosiveness, do this under no fatigue and the movement should be done explosively (but safely)
- Doing 4-6 repetitions is recommended in each set for 4-6 sets
The Athletic Edge
If you’re ever in South West London, I can certainly recommend taking a visit to meet Ben and the team at The Athletic Edge for a session.
Visit their website at theathleticedge.co.uk
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