Monday, January 12, 2009

Triple Extention

Triple extention is often talked about in weightlifting because of its carryover to sports. Simply stated it's the ankle, knee, hip, all firing. This has great carry over to strength and speed gains and one reason the olympic lifts are so popular among coaches and athletes. This video is of Bill Schuffenhaur 2x Olympic games bobsledder for the United States. Billy is doing a Split Snatch and is a good example of triple extention in action. This week we are training in St. Moritz, Switzerland. It's the only completely natural track in the world and one of the fastest reaching speeds of 145 km/h. But even then it often comes down to a hundredth of a second over a few runs. That is why athletes like this one train for hours every day year in and year out, to get a hundredth better.

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