Olympic lifting movements can be the most frustrating of the CrossFit exercises. Their complexity can take months to learn.

Understanding the central nervous system has to learn the movement patterns before it becomes second nature can take time. Then once your body has learnt the movement sequence it has to put it all together with great technique and heavy load, and then quickly! WOW! Overload…… 

At Crossfit Chiltern we coach a number of our members through our foundation programme with the basic knowledge on how to perform these lifts.  Progression with Olympic lifting can take time and whilst you are practising it can be frustrating when it doesn’t all come together.  This weeks blog highlights some areas that you may be able to relate too and offers some advice for improvement.

Have you ever left the class feeling like;

·         Your forearms are on fire and feel like they are going to explode

·         Your neck feels tight and overworked

·         The bar is just not travelling vertically and it all just feels to slow or too heavy

·         You are not able to progress with your weights and you’ve been trying for ages

·         You leave the class and feel like you have not progressed in a while…?

As coaches we can help you to correct some common faults.

Coach Roman explains in the video how important the setting up of the clean is for a good lift. If the bar is too heavy, the arms, back and knees are not set correctly the movement sequence will be floored causing you to pull with the arms and neck rather than driving vertically from the hips.

One of the key points is to slow down with your Olympic lift, don’t rush to pull the bar from the floor there is a time to explode with the bar to execute your best one rep max!

Our coaches at Crossfit Chiltern can teach you the sequences your body needs to learn to get stronger and faster with Olympic lifting.

We offer individual coaching sessions starting with just half an hour to give you basic improvement and tips to improve.

In addition to this, we offer one hour sessions and small blocks with discounts for our members.

Having a coach can be an invaluable experience that can speed up your progress.

Book a session today. Email our coaches at

Kelly - kelly@crossfitchiltern.com

Roman- Roman @crossfitchiltern.com

James - James@crossfitchiltern.com

Or call 01494726447