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Recovery Tip

Did you know that your core muscles, which are the deepest layer of your tummy muscles, should work at all times to brace and protect your back? These muscles switch off due to pain and it takes 50,000 repetitions before they work automatically again to protect your back!

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Olympic Lifting requires great fleixibility and mobility.  Below are some interesting thoughts on how Olympic Lifting perfromance can be affected. 

Hip flexor tightness 
Hip flexor tightness predominately arises from a sedentary lifestyle (e.g. sitting), 
which causes anterior rotation of the pelvis. During the squat anterior rotation 
through the pelvis will cause a forward lean changing it from a glute dominant 
exercise to quad dominant exercise. An imbalance between the glutes and the 
quad can lead to serious knee injuries. 
Clean and Jerk Mobility Issues
While the length of the tricep and the lat play an important role in correct front 
rack positioning, ulnar nerve irritation and tightening can also have an effect. 
The front rack position tensions the ulnar nerve and increased sensitivity 
through the nerve (tight neck or forearm muscles) will make the position 
difficult to achieve.
The role of Ankle Mobility
Poor ankle mobility will also lead to improper squat form. The key indicator is a 
heel lift at the bottom of the squat. The heel lift will change where the force 
production comes from in the extension phase. The squat then becomes a quad 
dominant exercise rather than a glute dominant exercise.
Get Deeper on the Squat
Mobilising through the hips and groin area will allow for great squat depth. 
Researchers have found that there is potential to increase a vertical jump by 
utilising a deeper squat.

The Snatch
Decreased thoracic mobility leads to inability to completely lock out during the 
snatch. A person requires 10 degrees thoracic extension to acquire full shoulder 
flexion.