What’s the Big Deal About Triple Extension?

Many coaches sing weightlifting’s praises because the lifts generally include “triple extension.” This means the ankle, knee, and hip joints extend (straighten) at the top of the second pull. Doing so with external loads (the barbell) is thought to strengthen non-weightlifters who use a similar joint or muscular action in running or jumping.

Others claim that either 1) this does not occur in the modern weightlifter, or 2) the action does not take place on the athletic field or court. This message may suggest that weightlifting is not the preferred way to strength train.

Confused by the differences of opinion? Check out Coach Newton’s extensive explanation of triple extension at SportsEdTV (view the rest of the article here): https://sportsedtv.com/blog/triple-extension-whats-it-all-about/


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