Hi David - I read your profile and noticed that you’re a weightlifting coach and you’re based in England. I live in London and I’m interested in getting back into weightlifting.
A little over a year ago I trained for a few months with some of the lifters at Crystal Palace. There were some very impressive lifters down there, including a girl from Nigeria who placed fourth in Sydney.
I haven’t trained the Olympic lifts in about a year, and I never trained long enough to be anything more than a rank beginner. My best lifts were 65/90 at a bodyweight of 80 and a height of 6’ 1" - pretty poor.
I’d like to start training the lifts again, with the long-term goal of entering a competition as a novice. I’ve just finished the first week of a 6-week program designed by Christian Thibaudeau, which emphasises the power clean, power snatch, and lots of pulls and squats. Once I finish this program, I’m planning to go back to Crystal Palace and start training the full lifts.
I was wondering if you have any general advice for me on how I should structure my program once I re-start the lifts. Obviously I’ll need to work a lot on technique and also build some basic strength. If you have any ideas, I’d really appreciate the help.