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AKKAEV Khadzhimurat RUS

AKKAEV Khadzhimurat RUS

has fairly atypical jump forward of maybe 8-10″.

AKKAEV Khadzhimurat olympic weightlifter

AKKAEV Khadzhimurat RUS 105kg 2011 world champion

I’ve attempted to show just how far forward he jumps (photo below). Jump I feel is the correct word, he does not jump to get height and does not jump to get a full extension as in the traditional vertical jump. In photo #5 (above) and onwards he is probably not trying to get any more height by triple extending, his main task is now in quickly changing directions from up to forcefully pulling/shrugging himself under the bar. It is a flat footed jump minimizing air time. Indeed, the traditional pulls done in the 1970’s with full body extension and on the toes is technically wrong. Doing pulls in this manner is reinforcing bad technique. The rearrangement of the feet is done quickly.

AKKAEV Khadzhimurat RUS 105kg cleans 232 kg

AKKAEV Khadzhimurat RUS 105kg amount of forward foot movement


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Assistance Lifts and the Snatch and CJ

% of total 281 kg 305kg
snatch 44.4 124.8 135
CJ 55.6 156.2 170
P sn 36.4 102.3
P cl 45.6 128.1
Jerk rack 57.3 161 175
Cl pull 62 174.2 190
Fr sq 60.4 169.7 185
B sq 72.0 202.3 220
Bench press 40 112.4
Lu Yong CHN weightlifter 2008 Olympic champion 85kg category

Lu Yong CHN at 2011 world weightlifting championships(training hall)


The above chart showed remarkable accuracy in predicting snatch and CJ relationship vs total achieved at the Canadian championship by a lifter from our club. The lifter totalled 281 kg with sn 125kg and CJ of 156kg(predictions from formula were 124.8kg and 156.2 kg). In training the lifter did 165kg jerk from rack( 4kg more than formula). Although heavy singles in squats were not practiced, I would guess his best fr sq would be a few kg more and a few kg less in the b squat than predicted from the formula. I feel the fr squat number calculated from the formula is on the low side, the b sq number calculated is about right. I feel b squats in general should be done with correct position and speed as opposed to strict numbers. A grinding b squat done to parallel  with a stooped over back position has NO relationship to any olympic lift. No Bench presses were done but 40% seems a very low number(even for a lifter who has NEVER included them in training). I have never programed them in to any schedule. The p sn and p clean numbers also seem a tad light. However I personally don’t see the value in the p sn and p cl numbers as the technique dynamics(rhythm /timing) CAN BE very different from the full lifts.(ie. feet jumping out wider than normal in the catch, body not dropping under correctly, done slowly,ect). There can be a tendency with power sn and cleans  to pull longer and HIGHER and get into more extension than is required, reenforcing bad technique. Clean pulls were not typically done as heavy as 175kg,  but the lifter could easily pull 175kg with speed to over waist height. Clean and snatch pulls were typically in 90% range of the projected competition target, with snatch pulls deviating a tad higher on average.

The above chart (Romanian) is somewhat different than others in that it is based on the biathlon total rather than either the snatch or CJ PR’s. Great caution should be taken in extrapolating assistance lift numbers(pulls and squats) into theoretical competition lifts. This article will continue from a Soviet perspective at a later date…..

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