Meeting A Champ.
By Vishwa on General
December 6, 2010
Mr Ravindra is a bronze medalist for India in the weightlifting national championship held in the year 1991 in the 61 kilo bodyweight class. I met him last week at Ironcult and we spoke in length about the history of weightlifting and power-lifting. He was an olympic weightlifter and after a serious injury to his wrist, which had snapped he switched over to powerflifting. His exploits in powerlifting were also many, which I will discuss with you after I explore more information about him.
He has promised, upon my request, to come today in the evening and teach me the intricacies involved in the Olympic lifts. Last week when he visited me, he spoke about various grips involved in powerlifting and Olympic lifting such as: Hook grip, pronated grip and the suicide grip. I will speak about these grips in my subsequent blog entries, so please be vigilant.
I am learning the Olympic lifts referring to various books which I have in my possession. I also refer to videos to master the technique. But many weightlifting and strength training giants like Tommy Kono, Jim Schimtz, and Brooks Kubik suggest that no other source can match learning Olympic lifts when compared to a weightlifting coach. For the feedback we obtain from a coach is paramount. Brooks Kubik in his book Grey Hair and Black Iron states about the importance of being taught from a skilled coach. He says, “This is far and away your best option . Nothing beats one-on-one instruction with a competent coach when it comes to learning Olympic lifts and related exercises.” Even Mr Ravindra did suggest to me that learning from a coach is wise than learning from a book. I couldn’t hold back after I foresaw a chance to learn from a champ. So, without any hesitation I invited him to teach me whatever I needed to know about the Olympic lifts.
I very much hope that as promised he arrives today evening, for I am as ever very hungry to learn. It always feels good to be a student.