Written by Justin Santos | Academy Of Lions Coach | Toronto
A lot our time spent in the gym is focused on becoming stronger, faster and more resilient. However, we often forget about the fluidity in our movement. We become obsessed with our goals and we start to give up on the art behind our movement for more weight or reps.
Look at a movement like the Kettlebell snatch, a movement that is quick and sharp. More often than not, as the weight increases we see athletes putting a ton of power/speed behind a weight that does not require that much effort. My advice in this situation is to stop worrying about the weight and how fast you can move it and try to make things feel as smooth as possible. Don't overthink or overpower it, finesse it instead, make your movement sharp enough to get the job done without any excess energy being wasted.
If the bell is crunching your forearm at the top of the rep you're timing may be a little off or you may still be yanking on it with all your might, which for many of us will just get you ripped hands and bruised forearms. The key is to always be aware of your movement and how it feels in your body, don't just go through the motions. Don't be afraid to ask questions, learn the motions, fine tune them and make them look as effortless as possible.
"Practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect." -Shawn Mozen