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Thread: Cleans, Snatches and Lifter Age

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    Default Cleans, Snatches and Lifter Age

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    Hi, all. First post.

    I'm 49 y/o male. 5'6", 209lbs.

    Current numbers:

    Squat 290x5x3
    Deads 370x5
    Bench 240x5x3
    Press 170x5x3

    My question is: Should I incorporate snatches and cleans into my training session or am I too old? If I am too old, what are alternate exercises to incorporate into my program en lieu of snatches and cleans?

    A little helpful context might be: I have not done anything like a snatch or clean since my time on the high school weightlifting team, when our two events were bench press and clean and jerk. So, I would have to learn new techniques for the other two lifts.

    Thanks,

    Jonathan Hensley
    Orlando, Florida

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    Unless you are injured, you can power clean. Snatches may be a little ambitious at 49 having never done them before.

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    Thanks, Rip!

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    Same answer for 56 y. o. pretty rank novice?

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    Try it and see, but be careful.

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