On Emulation

How did you think you’d arrive at that picture perfect clean and jerk? What about any other troublesome complex movement? Sometimes if we take a step back and look at our thinking, we can find how far from logical our thoughts really are sometimes. Thinking that one day we’d, by chance, stumble upon great movement is one of those illogical thought patterns. It’s my view that we need to see and understand our goal before we tackle it.

Emulation is often a necessary learning tool that is left untapped. Actually, humans are often exceptional at mimicking others. So, if you were planning on feeling your way through the  perfect 3-position snatch, for example, there may be a better way. If you’re learning a new skill and it’s giving you trouble let me as you this: Have you seen it?

“Watch and learn.”

That’s such a brilliant statement, isn’t it? First watch, then do. As a coach, I’d encourage you to never underestimate the power of watching. During warm ups, focusing on the movement of those that move well around you is a free opportunity to get better. With this approach, the chances to improve are exponentially greater than thinking you must actively do it to learn it. Both time on the barbell and time off the barbell can be productive.

For me, seeing big people perform the Olympic lifts is critical for my learning…

If you’re striving to do something, shouldn’t you know what it is that you’re trying to achieve? Without a clear picture, one doesn’t have a clear target and, of course, without a destination chances are he/she may get a bit lost. Make sense?


Logan Gelbrich


Wednesday’s Workout:

5 rounds for reps of:
15 Seconds Double KB Hang Power Clean and Press (44/26)
-Rest 45 sec-
15 Seconds Max 20m Shuttle (10 o/b)
-Rest 45 sec-
15 Seconds Max Burpees
-Rest 45 sec-