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Archive for 04/12/2012

ALEXEEV the Great

Vassily Alexeev

Halil Mutlu and Kakhishvilis Training

Halil Mutlu training in the snatch, clean and jerk, front squat

Kakhishvilis training the Clean and Jerk

Olympic Weightlifting Clinic with Olympian and Master Coach Brian Derwin

Muscle Snatch

Muscle Snatch from the Ground

Snatch Issues at Bottom Position

Muscle Clean

Different Body Types

CrossFit MSP – Olympic Weightlifting Lifting Clinic with Olympian and Master Coach Brian Derwin

The Purpose:
With proper technique Olympic lifting helps build explosive power and teaches athletes how to accelerate or receive a load (be it an object or another person). The movements of Olympic lifts are common to many sports. Performing these movements efficiently through proper technique increases an athletes ability to improve both performance and avoid injury. The Clinic will cover demos, teaching progressions, and fault correction for the snatch, the clean, and the jerk. There will be plenty of hands on time, as well as, Q &A. The class size will be kept small to allow for plenty of personal attention. All instruction will be provided by Coach Brian Derwin, and Michael Pilhofer.

The Coaching Staff:

Brian Derwin – Head Coach

A member of the 1980 Olympic Weight Lifting team, National Champion, and USA Weightlifting President (1996-2000), has been lifting and coaching champions for over 35 years. He was a 100kg athlete, Snatching 155kg and Clean/Jerk 207.5kg. He tied the National Record and won the National Title in 1980. He started lifting in 1972, and finished competing in 1981. He lifted overseas for two years in countries such as East Germany, Soviet Union, New Zealand, Australia, and China. He has been coaching since 1984 and has coached several National, National Junior Champions, and other athletes to the World, and Jr. World level. Under Brian’s leadership as USAW President, the US had its first-ever junior world champion as well as bringing home the gold, and bronze medals in the Sydney Olympic games.

Michael Pilhofer – Assistant Coach / Program Director

Co-Founder and Head Coach at CrossFit MSP, a premier Strength and Conditioning facility in the Twin Cities. Michael initially obtained his Olympic Weight Lifting training with Coach Mike Burgener and received his CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification in 2008. He since has been training with Coach Brian Derwin, and is a USAW Sports and Performance Coach. Overall, he has over 20+ year of teaching/coaching experience and has an amazing ability to break the most complex movements down to its simplest form to help any athletes improve on his/her lifts.


CrossFit – Set-Up and Positioning in the Olympic Lifts

CrossFit – Set-Up and Positioning in the Olympic Lifts

Part 2

Set Up Variations



Go inside the Montreal-based gym that is factory to both established and up and coming UFC fighters. Georges St-Pierre takes a look at the current crop of fighters in their home stretch of training before UFC 145 in Atlanta including Rory MacDonald, Mark Bocek, and John Makdessi