Weightlifter Mike Nackoul reviews Louie Simmons’ Olympic Weightlifting Strength Manual (https://westsidebarbell.club/products/e-book-olympic-weightlifting-strength-manual). It is reasonably safe to say that if you have been in the strength game for any significant amount of time, particularly the sport of powerlifting, you know of Louie Simmons. He has a well-deserved reputation for making people stronger. He made his reputation as a coach of powerlifters. But that hasn’t stopped him from ruffling some feathers in the weightlifting camp.
Mike evaluates Louie’s latest e-book. As might be expected when you consider Louie’s qualifications and background, Mike agrees with Louie on some points. As might also be expected since Louie hasn’t trained any elite weightlifters, Mike finds some points of contention. One of the “biggies” is Louie’s argument that an improvement in one’s strength level will automatically translate into improved performance on the platform. Not so says Mike. Mike correctly points out (in my opinion), that weightlifting’s competitive lifts are high-skill movements that require practice to master. A beast in the gym that can put up impressive squat, deadlift, and bench press totals could certainly beat a similarly skilled individual that possesses a lower overall level of strength in a weightlifting meet. But my money (the smart money?) would be on the skilled, highly-proficient weightlifter that has also built up a requisite level of strength for his or her weight class when compared to the brutally strong individual in the same weight class that lacks the technical proficiency.
It reminds me of professional football players taking cuts during a Major League pre-game batting practice. It is pretty rare for a football player without a comparable level of baseball experience to “put on a show” in batting practice. You are more likely to witness a lot of swings and misses, weakly topped grounders, and pop-ups. Why? Because hitting a baseball, even off of a batting practice pitcher, is a skill requiring a great deal of practice and refinement to do well at the highest levels. The same could be said for the sport of weightlifting.
If you want to see Mike’s full review of Louie’s e-book, click the link above to the review article.