Olympic lifting experts often misunderstand the so-called slow lifts. The O-lifts are not technical and precise "just because." Simply speaking, there is a much thinner line between technical precision and success in the O-lifts than in the slow lifts. This has everything to do with the amount of time you have to apply force and to maneuver the body.
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Why should you use a squat rack, or "power rack", or cage to perform squats? There are two main reasons: First, squat racks and cages comes with safety pins or cross bars that are adjustable to heights in order to catch the bar when you fail during a lift. With these safety catches, sometimes called "spotters", you can safely discard the bar and not without getting stuck underneath it because you cannot lift it off of your shoulders; an extremely dangerous situation.
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What makes a "pull" slow or fast. Is it a choice? After all we can do speed deadlifts. So does that make the deadlift a fast pull?
These questions come up because most strength trainees have been trained in the slow lifts but not the fast Olympic lifts. The information they have received about the fast lifts is from those who "dabble" in them. Alternatively they receive information from those who only dabble in strength in general…but that is another subject.