Olympic Weightlifting Fault Correction


Many of the technqiue faults in Olympic Weightlifting are best addressed with the prescription of specific drills. By breaking down the lifts into their individual elements, we are able to correct them, resulting in improved mechanics when addressing the movement as a whole.

At a basic level, this is best achieved by focusing purely on the elements of technique at fault. From this point, an intermediate approach will couple movements into 'part' then 'whole'. Your nervous system will 'remember' the successful 'part' movement, then will replicate this more successfully when completing the 'whole'. 

For example, an athlete who lifts their hips during the first pull of a snatch may be programmed 'snatch first pulls to knee', thus focusing on the exact area of fault. From this point, they would progress to 'snatch first pull to knee / snatch', allowing the 'shadow' of the first pull to remain when the entire lift is completed.

There are also certain musculo-skeletal fixes required to allow correct positions and technique. Where appropriate, these are also indicated in this resource.

There follows a list of some of the most effective drills for the correction of some of the most common Olympic Lifting faults. We also recommend the Range of Motion Olympic Lifting Warm-up be completed prior to all lifting sessions.