Before reviewing the DVD, I want to send out major props for the customer service at Cathletics. They accidentally sent me another copy of the book instead of the DVD; when I contacted them they not only got the DVD out within a day but sent me a prepaid mailing envelope to send the book back to them. Great service is always nice to see.
In any case, the seminar basically consists of Greg taking his example model through the different topics that are covered in such detail in the book. Squat position, the hook grip, basic positions and then the various learning progressions for both the snatch, clean, jerk and then clean and jerk (how to sequence the two together) are presented.
About the only place that might really confuse watchers is that Greg sort of glosses over the issue of starting position, he mentions an advanced vs. basic starting position (both of which are detailed more in the book) but doesn’t really demonstrate the differences in the two or go into much detail in that section of the DVD.
Most of the drills are shown with a dowel rod with a few being shown with a light bar or bar with training plates (to show pulling position off the floor). The model shows excellent technique on all the drills.
Tangentially, this isn’t always the case, I have seen commercial DVD’s where the technique being shown was either incorrect or different from what is actually being described by the narrator which is simply confusing to the watcher. I can think of one DVD I’ve seen where literally one set of any of the exercises across the entire DVD is shown with decent form. No, I won’t tell you which one.
The explanations are clear and easy to understand and between a properly selected camera angle (front and slightly off to the side) and Greg having his model show the movements from both the front and side in most cases, it’s very easy to tell what’s going on and being done.
Greg gets into enough detail describing the various drills and movements without being excessive or inundating the watcher (or folks in the seminar) with excessive or needless information. This is the hallmark of a good coach.
The video is high quality with a couple of odd jumps and overlaps and the audio is clear and easy to hear (also not always the case in commercial products). The DVD has a basic menu that let you choose individual scenes, nice for when you need to go back and review one specific drill or cue.
Overall, the combination of Greg’s book and DVD would be an excellent investment/introduction to the sport of Olympic lifting. While nothing can really take the place of hands-on coaching, this would be a very good start.
The detailed descriptions and pictures in the book, combined with being able to see what’s actually being done at full speed (and of course most DVD players can slow down the video if you need to see things in slower motion) are about as close as most will get to understanding the lifts without coaching.
The Seminar DVD is available for $29.95 from The Performance Menu.
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