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Olympic standards

Olympic lifting variations are now a staple training aid across a variety of sports. Personal trainer Joe Peat explains how runners can benefit from raising the bar

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I encourage all of my clients who are training for performance in any sport to use Olympic lifting movements because of their potential for power development; explosive runners will be able to run faster race times. This is why it’s kept in all of my runner’s programmes – from sprint to distance athletes.

The traditional lifts – snatch and clean and jerk – are very skilled-based, so if I don’t have time to coach the full lifts I will use variations to get the athlete more powerful in a short training block.

Complete the exercises as a circuit, with 10 seconds rest between each move. Complete three to four sets of the circuit, increasing the weight slightly with each set, and rest two to three minutes between sets.

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