Barbell Shrugged

“Will my Conditioning & Gymnastics suffer if I focus on Olympic Lifting?” – N&P

Doug Larson

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  • I think you are missing the point of the individual that posed this question. Obviously if you focus on lifting more weight you will naturally be able to lift more weight efficiently in Metcons. The improved strength and technique will be a natural byproduct of this training.

    I believe the intent of the question is the actual conditioning effect. Will someone’s cardio abilities suffer while they “focus” on olympic lifting? My opinion is yes if you are not doing at least 2-3 Metcons per week in addition to it. For example, if person A can only overhead squat 150lbs then a Metcon with 115lb thrusters will be challenging. However, if your overhead is 200lbs then those 115lb thrusters will be easier but for how long before your lungs fail you?

  • Agree with Ryan about the intent of the asked question. And from all the weightlifting coaches I’ve talked to, they all have said that it works both ways, as in, doing too many metcons will make your weightlifting suffer (if that is your focus) and weightlifting will make your endurance capacity suffer in lung-burning wods. As weightlifting coaches, they tend to advise keeping wods to a minimum (being smart about it) and keeping them under 15 minutes has usually been the rule of thumb.

  • This is true. But, where is the trade off? If you don’t have a overall foundation of strength this could lead to injury in the future. I think it would be more beneficial to the athlete to start with a solid strength program then move on to metcons through periodization.

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