Everyone approaches weightlifting differently. Below are some of the concepts that have worked for us.
- Programming yields strength and consistency. The job of programming is two fold: firstly, to outline the fastest possible path to strength gains; and secondly, to provide an opportunity for familiarity and consistency. Hold Fast Weightlifting programming isn't flashy. It's hard work. We perform the snatch and clean and jerk in their full form regularly. Expect to snatch, clean, jerk, front squat, back squat, deadlift, press, and pull every week. Additionally, we take advantage of powerlifting and bodybuilding movements as accessory work to build a strong and well-balanced athlete. Injury prevention is just as important as strength gains or any other aspect of training.
- Coaching yields understanding and efficiency. Where the job of programming is to create opportunities for strength and consistency, the job of the coach is to provide a technical understanding and a practical efficiency of the lifts by either coach's demonstration, verbal explanation, or physically putting you into the positions you need to create to understand where you need to be during the movement.
- Coaches are teachers. Knowing where you are in your development and feeding you information in a timely, manageable fashion is crucial for setting you up for success. Expect small, incremental adjustments when you train with us. A coach who isn't a good teacher will pick apart your lift and give you 10 things you need to fix and, in doing so, make you feel like a complete failure. A good coach who is a good teacher will only give you what you need right now, fostering confidence and courage. Diving under a bar, or even stepping on stage in front of an audience to perform a lift, demands both.