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Coach Camargo’s book has helped me to simplify how I teach Olympic Weightlifting to my clients & athletes.

I highly recommend it!

One of the statements that caught my attention when I first found CrossFit in 2004 was that nature punishes the specialist.

Over the years I have learned from numerous coaches and athletes who are very accomplished in their respective sports, whether it is Powerlifting, Strongman, Underground,  Olympic Weightlifting, CrossFit and more.

In the overall scheme of things we need to make a distinction between training just for general fitness and training for a competitive sport.

Being able to lift, run, swim, climb, jump, carry, fight, etc. are all part of a generalized approach to fitness.

This approach can be extremely useful in daily life, especially as the world gets crazier, it seems, every day. You never know what you might encounter, and this is a way to be better prepared.

However, if you a competitor, it is vital to be a specialist in your sport. The things that are great for generalized fitness will not be helpful, for example, in getting a big total in Powerlifting.

It is important to know why you are training and what your goals are before you begin your training journey.

If you are already training, and decide to change from generalized fitness to a competitive lifting sport, you will need to dial in your training to fit that new goal.

Make smart choices and follow through on them.

 

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First of all, everyone has weak spots, though some live in denial of them to their own detriment. The only people without weak spots are those in the grave.

Having trained for quite a few years now, I have learned to build on my strengths and work on my weak spots. However, not all weak spots yield as much benefit to your overall health and  fitness as others.

So in order to keep on improving over they years, it is vital to find out which weak spots, once they are greatly improved, will bring the most return on the time and effort you put in.

Here’s where you can get messed up if you are not careful and very honest with yourself.

People have a tendency to  bypass the basics and pursue more exotic movements. Sometimes this is driven by ego, other times by fear of not being able to do what most everyone else in their class is doing. Fear and ego are often two sides of the same coin.

Here’s the thing, if you take care of the weak spots in your basic exercises first, you will be more able to conquer the  more complicated stuff later.

If you compare two exercises that are difficult to get right, double-unders and the front squat, you would benefit a lot more by working on the front squat first.

You only have so much training time each week so make it count!

Don’t waste your time on frivolous, flashy junk. Build solid basics first.

You will never regret doing that.

Also read this article, which really impacted my own training years ago and how I train others–“Virtuousity” by Greg Glassman