Olympic weightlifting techniques are helpful for all athletes
Mike Jacobs, Stephanie Graham
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MILWAUKEE - You may not think about it, but when you're lifting those groceries, and kids--you're lifting hundreds of pounds a day!!
Todd Smith is the Head Strenth and Conditioning Coach at Marquette University. He explains, "Every time you use the restroom, or go up and down stairs, or whatever, you're moving--so body weight is what we lift every day."
Marquette trainers take their student athletes to the next level, using Olympic weightlifting techniques to make them stronger and faster on the court and on the field.
"Keep your bones more dense, and keep you strong, able to move," Smith says.
Todd and Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Nate Heyrman demonstrate some Olympic moves for us, like the Clean and Jerk. Todd explains the technique. "Completed weight is weight over your head, your arms are straight, knees straight, at a complete stop, and you drop after they say good job."
Marquette Center Chris Otule holds the current school record for cleans--at 300 pounds! He says weightlifting makes him better on the court.
"Not only makes you stronger, helps you on the basketball court--you become stronger, faster, jump higher. Not only do you do that, but makes you look better--that's a plus," he laughs.
It takes a lot of work to get to that elite level: Exercises like olympic rings and high jumps to build strength.
"I think the best part about all this stuff--it's fast, explosive, aggressive--kind of all the characteristics we want in our kids," Todd exclaims.