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    Review: Glenn Pendlay Olympic Lifting Techniques DVD

    Who is this guy and what is this product?

    Glenn Pendlay Olympic Lifting Techniques DVD

    Glenn Pendlay is a top US Olympic weightlifting coach who has produced national champions at every level of the sport, from the Junior Olympics through Masters and Senior Nationals -- over 100 national championships in all. This is the level of experience he shares in this live workshop DVD.
    In this live workshop seminar, USAW International Olympic lifting coach Glenn Pendlay teaches the snatch and clean & jerk to a group of novice adult trainees. By the end of the session, this collection of mostly beginners moved from clumsy to relatively competent under Coach Pendlay's guidance.

    Individuals eager to learn the lifts at home will begin to hone their technique, and coaches who work with athletes will gain countless simple coaching tips to help clarify the most common and most unusual lifting errors.
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    Where can I get it and how much does it cost?

    $44.50 @ DaveDraper.com

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    I watched this both on a 42" LCD TV and computer w/ 22" wide screen monitor. Picture quality is excellent. The sound is clear and even throughout. The editing was refreshingly well done with good camera angles and and overall quick pace that made the DVD interesting as well as informative.

    This set consists of 2 DVD's. The first is dedicated to the snatch, lasting 67min and the second to the clean and jerk which is 55min. The formatting is laid out in clear progressive steps where Mr. Pendlay will discuss whatever is happening in said step, the demonstrator will demonstrate what was spoken, some more talking about what just happened and then the scene breaks into a series of cue cards which again re-enforce what was discussed (also included on the DVD's as printable files), then finally the group attempts to do what was shown and Mr. Pendlay gives hands on instruction with both verbal and actual demonstration. This series is repeated each time a new movement is added to the lift until which time as you're good to go.

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    Caveat:
    I've said it before reviewing Dan John's O-Lifting DVD and I'll say it again just to cover the bases. "I'm not an O-lifter. I don't have a background in it. I don't have anything to draw from that gives me the ability to comment about technique" and it's not my intent to do so. So with that covered here are my thoughts as a near virgin on the subject.

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    First thing first. The actual quality of the presentation of this DVD set is outstanding. Start to finish this is a professional level product that whoever made should be proud of. Everything has a place and a purpose and everything functions terrifically. I don't say that sort of thing often but it's well deserved here.

    While not having a background in O-lifting, I've sat through and taught a class or two. After you've been through the ringer a half a billion times you start to get a feel for who is a subject matter expert and more importantly who has the ability to share that information in a meaningful way to those who aren't. In the first 15 seconds it's obvious that Mr. Pendlay has seen just about everything that can happen with a barbell, he's tried to teach technique just about every way you can do it, and that 30 years worth of experience has been boiled down into a tasty O-Lifty syrup for your pleasure.

    The crowd being taught to seems to have a mix of experience from the young buck, some well seasoned ladies, and even a couple stubborn muscle heads that don't want to follow simple instructions. All are handled masterfully and given the tools they need to accomplish their lifting goals.

    As previously mentioned the DVD's are divided into patterns based around breaking down whichever lift into it's basic components or steps, mastering that portion, then building on it. This gives me the biggest warm and fuzzy because the DVD stays true to it's purpose...to teach you to lift. The instructions are clear and well presented and if you follow them you will learn how to do a full snatch or clean and jerk. The icing on the cake is the hands on portion where you see and hear the breakdowns in form and what to do about it. Heck, these lifts take years to perfect. Fortunately you've been presented with a wide variety of near death experiences with expert coaching on how to avoid the near death experiences in the future and thanks to the wonders of editing you get to seem these near horrors and corrections in machine gun fashion which consistently re-enforces the presented steps.

    Where Dan John's DVD is largely focused on cleans from the hang with technique largely being enforced by repetition and feel, this is pure technique with the intent on completing the full movement (pull, squat, stand). While nothing will be a substitute for a hands on teacher this does as good a job as any instructional video I've ever seen, regardless of product. It's an outstanding set and highly recommended to anyone interested in starting with the Olympic lifts.

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    Review: Glenn Pendlay Olympic Lifting Techniques DVD

    Thanks Tony... That actually really piques my interest in purchasing this DVD. I have some athletes that I would like to teach these movements to. My big obstacle is my right shoulder. Well, both of them really. But my right is so bad right now I can barely raise it to shoulder level, so I can't exactly teach someone with demonstrations how to properly perform these movements. This DVD may help me fix that problem. Not to mention the fact that the guy is undoubtedly more qualified to teach these movements than I am. Thanks for the thorough review.

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    Folks,

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    Thanks for the information.

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