The body likes to follow the path of least resistance....

The body likes to follow the path of least resistance. Don’t believe me? Stand tall, keep your shins ram rod vertical and bend over by pushing your hips back like you are trying to touch a wall behind you. If you did this correctly, you should feel an overwhelming tightness, aka stretch, in your hamstrings. Now stay there. It gets expensive after a while doesn’t it? Imagine now if you had a barbell loaded with “insert BIG number here” and still had to maintain this position. Got the point?

The newer you are to loading systems of the body, the more difficult it will be to properly execute and maintain. The muscles simply haven’t spent enough time under tension and are consequently weak and fatigue easily.

This stretch you feel is the loading necessary to generate power for launching a heavy load high enough so you can elicit stealth like speed to get underneath the bar. And so as a new weightlifter, what do you do? You shift out early (rushing the bar) or you simply don’t shift back (not loading) because it makes the weight feel “heavier” and and you “weaker”. The performing result is what I call a “standing straight jump” with the barbell.

Never fear. All this can be remedied. To remediate this takes time, a conscious effort to keep pushing back into tension, and lots of practice. One thing to help guide you along the way will be to remember that in weightlifting we actually want to follow the path of most resistance. For, like in life, the harder path traveled will often be the more rewarding path.

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