An olympic weightlifting coach for some twenty years, Pendlay has until now stayed largely within the weightlifting and strength sports world, referenced by the likes of Mark Rippetoe, with whom he has worked extensively (you may have noticed Pendlay credited in Rippetoe’s books).
But now with a snazzy, content-rich website at www.californiastrength.com, a new DVD published by On Target (the same folks who brought you Dan John’s Never Let Go DVD series), and even an interview on T-Nation, Glenn Pendlay is set to be everyone’s new favourite weightlifting guru!
I don’t mean to take the mickey, as this guy is the real deal. With the renewed interest in olympic weightlifting (due largely to the growth of Crossfit), it is fantastic to have a serious weightlifting coach putting good quality material out there in an accessible format.
And that is exactly what this two-disc DVD set represents. This is Glenn Pendlay’s method for teaching the snatch and the clean & jerk to complete beginners. You can use this DVD to learn the lifts yourself; you can also use it to teach others.
I have already used Pendlay’s method to teach people – both in a workshop setting and in a one-to-one setting – and I really like it. It is effective, it gets people doing the lifts quickly, and it drills good technique right from the beginning.
His progressions are simple (he focusses just on three key positions), systematic and easy to communicate. He is very clear about what needs to be corrected and how best to do this.
Like the Dan John DVDs, the presentation is a workshop delivered to a real audience. It’s possible to play along at home, and also useful from a coaching point of view to see Glenn’s methods implemented with a variety of different body types and levels of skill.
‘Ideal’ technique is demonstrated by one of Pendlay’s star weightlifters, Jon North, who is the number one ranked 94kg lifter in the US.
Pendlay has a comfortable presentation style. He’s relaxed and clear; like his method, there is little that is extraneous or by-the-by. Pendlay mentions his credentials at the start of the workshop: he studied with Alexey Medvedev, Soviet national coach, in Moscow and started coaching soon afterwards in the early nineties. He has coached national champions in the US at all ages and currently has a crop of promising young elite weightlifters at his club, California Strength.
This is an excellent DVD for learning and teaching the olympic lifts. Glenn is making a visit to the UK soon and I am looking forward to learning more in person – and will of course share any insights with you.
Dan John’s DVDs on Olympic Lifting for Beginners and Perfecting Your Kettlebell Form are also available in the gubernatrix shop.
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