Barbell Cycling Strategies
In preparation for the 2019 Open, set to kick off in February, 2019, we’re focused on efficient barbell cycling this cycle. In previous cycles we’ve worked on drilling proper positions and building strength in the barbell lifts; in this cycle we’re leveraging that work, utilizing that strength and putting it into practice. As with anything, efficiency is key - breathing and bracing while under fatigue is paramount.
This article by Mike Dewar on Barbend does a great job of explaining techniques for barbell cycling for Snatches, Cleans, Jerks and Thrusters. Your coaches will be reiterating these points as you progress through the cycle.
Mike points out:
"Technique plays a huge role in the success an athlete has moving heavy (and light) snatches, cleans, and jerks (not to mention strength). When we look deeper into the ability to move a barbell with technique, for long periods of time, we often find lapses in body position, muscle fatigue, and/or general mental mistakes. When performing barbell cycling, whether for a few reps (3-5) or longer sets, we often see improved body awareness and fluidity between the moving barbell and a lifter. Note, that proper lifting technique must first be learned in a non-cycling fashion (in most cases) so that coaches and athletes can properly progress and monitor any faults that may arise. Once an athlete has begun to demonstrate a proper understanding and competence for the skilled movements like a snatch, clean, and jerk; he/she can begin to learn barbell cycling in smaller sets..."