hey all, loving this paleo thing, and want to start crossfit (as crossfit is what introduced me to this whole life saving scene) at the end of the year. still working on getting my black belt in krav maga so kinda busy as you would guess. regardless, want to start doing some olympic style lifting to gear up for crossfit. looking for a book if possible to help, as i am a super book nerd. thanks peeps.
I see people have already recommended Everett's book and Pendlay's videos. They're great and will definitely help you.
O-lifting is a deep skill. You really need a skilled coach to work with you. I say this not as a skilled coach but as a guy who's been working on his sub-par o-lifts for a long time - and has only made progress thanks to some solid coaching.
Imagine trying to learn your martial arts all by yourself and just by watching Youtube videos. You'd miss out on nearly everything, right? Same deal here.
By all means get Everett's book and watch Pendlay's videos - you'll learn a lot. But as soon as possible try to find a knowledgeable coach to work with you directly.
Good luck with your training!
This is a completely AWESOME book, Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches by Greg Everett. I have never seen such a detailed description of how to do things. Step by step on grip, stance, fantastic tips for beginners and great reminders for people that know what they are doing.
Glen Pendlay has some most excellent videos on o-lifts:
Also, here's a youtube series on powercleans that I found very useful:
'FilthApe' is right. I watched countless videos and got tips from other 'lifters' on technique and thought I understood, but my lifts were still lacking. I got really discouraged until I started lifting with a coach. He pinpointed small things that were seriously holding me back. I'm just now beginning to understand the intricacies of more complex lifts(that doesn't mean I can execute them yet) after 3 months of CrossFit.
I just came across this thread and even though it's a little dated, I would like to add my opinion. I agree that it's best to have a coach, however (in the U.S. at least) there are a dearth of Olympic Style coaches, depending on where you live.
As somebody mentioned, go to the Pendlay site and check out his videos. A really great book to get is Tommy Kono's "Weightlifting Olympic Style". The "Weightlifting Encyclopedia" is another book that is often recommended. It's a great book, but has almost too much information, especially for the beginner. However, there is a companion DVD called, "The Weightlifting Encyclopedia Companion DVD" that I highly recommend.