Trajectory and Transfer


When one looks from the side of olympic lifts we can see how close the bar is to the body. Coaches watch the bar path, roughly called trajectory, in order to keep the lift effective. One example of problems with transfer are assuming the numbers are transferring to performance. The prime case study is a record board with better numbers on the bar but the results are still the same. I observed one high profile coach that posted his athletes vertical jumps and hang clean numbers. I then observed the training and it was clear that the bar path was not close to the body. His numbers were 50 pounds higher than a program that was similar, but the lifts were not coached as well and the results were clearly showing something wasn’t transferring. His vertical leaps were 3-4 inches less than the other program because of the lifting mechanics. Another observation with the athletes was the fact they rolled early to the forefoot, making the lift quad dominant. Cleaning from the floor as well as optimal timing is key as well and that will come over time. Athletes need to think about getting more powerful and not just getting the numbers up.
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Carl Valle

Carl Valle

Track & Field Coach
Carl is an expert coach who has produced champions in swimming, track and numerous other sports. He is one of the foremost experts in the fields of nutrition and restoration.
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