#tbt Why ALL athletes should do olympic weightlifting.
During the olympic lifts: once technique is becoming more sound, flexibility issues resolved, and after many repetitions- the athlete can descend into the bottom of the catch very rapidly.
Rapidly dropping down into the hole with a lot of weight forces the psoas to explosively contract concentrically (after your hips come through for 3rd pull/hip extension and it’s time to get down) and then eccentrically very powerfully (so your ass doesn’t keep going down through the floor, making your knees and back blow out, and then leaving you a squished bug). Increasing the force production (with heavy weights) of the psoas makes an athlete more explosive.
Making the psoas stronger with Olympic lifts can exponentially increase performance. The athlete will be able to maneuver better (put their foot in the ground, change directions more effortlessly), jump farther and higher, run faster, and overall be lighter on their feet.
The glutes and quads can be hit hard with deadlifts and squats, but nothing hits the psoas (while increasing functionality) quite like Olympic lifts.