Article by BreakingMuscle.com
Katie Chasey, Guest Contributor
Whether you’re an Olympic lifter, a CrossFitter, or any other type of athlete training the Olympic lifts, there are some important rules you need to obey when stepping on the platform.
Rule #1: Never touch the bar with your foot. Ever.
I actually make my athletes sign off on it as a part of their athlete contract when they join the RXBound Training Team. Touching the bar with your foot is a sign of disrespect for the sport of weightlifting and thus a big “no-no” on the weightlifting platform. Any lifter who sees it happen will cringe – and should.
Coach’s Note: It is okay to move or guide the bar with the shins as needed but more proper, hands are best.
Rule #2: Never step over the bar.
To swap out discs (plates) or to leave the platform, walk around the bar. Do not straddle the bar to take off weight. When you begin and when you finish with your lift, walk off the platform to the sides, never walking forward or backwards over or across the bar. This too falls into the respect category as in Rule #1.
Coach’s Note: Pull weights off from the sides of the barbell with both hands and maintaining a tight low back, just like you use to lift the barbell.
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