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Old 09-19-2012, 07:15 AM   #1
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How do you correct a trainer giving poor form corrections?

So, the head trainer at the box I go to is having people setting up to snatch with their backs parallel to the floor. From all the instructional videos I've seen I know this is incorrect and just from watching the Olympics I can see no one starts their first pull like that. He did the Crossfit Olympic Lifting seminar about 3 months ago. I got my Level 1 in June and have been assisting whenever I am in there.

What would be the best way of telling him he's having them setup in a poor position?
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:55 AM   #2
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Re: How do you correct a trainer giving poor form corrections?

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So, the head trainer at the box I go to is having people setting up to snatch with their backs parallel to the floor. From all the instructional videos I've seen I know this is incorrect and just from watching the Olympics I can see no one starts their first pull like that. He did the Crossfit Olympic Lifting seminar about 3 months ago. I got my Level 1 in June and have been assisting whenever I am in there.

What would be the best way of telling him he's having them setup in a poor position?
It may not be necessarily wrong. The way Mark Rippetoe teaches it is with higher hips. He could just be using a different method.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:32 AM   #3
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Re: How do you correct a trainer giving poor form corrections?

Thanks Michael
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:51 AM   #4
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Re: How do you correct a trainer giving poor form corrections?

It's wrong, I don't care how Rip teaches it. Rip even says he is not an Olympic Weightlifting coach.

I would politely ask him his motivation for teaching the high hips and point him in the direction of way more qualified coaches, mot notably Pendlay and McCauley.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:11 AM   #5
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It's wrong, I don't care how Rip teaches it. Rip even says he is not an Olympic Weightlifting coach.

I would politely ask him his motivation for teaching the high hips and point him in the direction of way more qualified coaches, mot notably Pendlay and McCauley.
I never said he was an olympic weightlifting coach. I just said that he teaches it a different way. I wouldn't go as far as to say it is "wrong".
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:24 AM   #6
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I would politely ask him his motivation for teaching the high hips and point him in the direction of way more qualified coaches, mot notably Pendlay and McCauley.
This, ask him whay he is doing things that way, tell him what you think is right. ''Is it not right to have you hits lower and start the first pull blah blah blah?'' and go from there.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:35 AM   #7
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Thanks for the advice guys, I'll make sure to ask why he has them setup with high hips next time
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:16 PM   #8
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Re: How do you correct a trainer giving poor form corrections?

I'll one up you and give you his probable answer so you can be prepared. I generally hear the reason behind the high hip start is that when an athlete starts the pull the hips will drift into a higher position regardless of where they start. Therefore it is wasted energy to start with low hips. Just start where the hips are going to end up anyways. Not saying I agree with this, but that will probably be the rationale.
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:16 PM   #9
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Re: How do you correct a trainer giving poor form corrections?

Make accurate, factual observations instead of corrections.
"I see that Lisa is starting this lift with her back nearly horizontal to the ground. Is that the position you want?"
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:31 AM   #10
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Re: How do you correct a trainer giving poor form corrections?

Stroke their ego a little. for example.

Hey buddy(bad trainer), I was wondering if I could rack your brain for a moment. I would really apreciate your feed back as I'm a little confused. (play a little dumb)
See Tom does this, Barney does that, I was taught this in class and I have seen this in demo videos. What are your thoughts? Can you show me what you do and why? I respect your experiance. (even though you don't)

And BAM you should get your answer.

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