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Where's the best spot to focus my eyes during my Olympic lifts?

Athletes seem to have their preferences with this, but you can use your focus point to assist with maintaining superlative posture and priming certain phases of the lift.  Beginners usually start by facing the mirror so they can learn by seeing.  That's alright to start, but should be progressed through as technique improves and the bar is beginning to hold more plates.  Let us look at some common phases of the Olympic lifts and associate with optimal visual positioning: 1.) On the ground the eyes can look slightly downward, definitely avoid looking upwards.  You should think about having your head on straight here, the shoulders are still over the bar, there's a slight forward lean, let's match your head to your shoulders  2.) First pull should allow your eyes to travel upwards so that as the bar is ready to be truly accelerated into second pull, you are looking straight ahead; 3.) Second pull would be best if you can angle your vision upwards slightly, focusing on a spot a few feet higher than your head.  This aligns with the posture of triple extension and will even get your chest up a little quicker and higher 4.) In the receiving position for the clean and jerk, you will maintain your eyes angled slightly upward like before to help you stand up.  For the snatch, the eyes must look forward enough to get your head through and maybe slightly upwards to help you stand up.  be careful not to look too far forward, balance is harder to maintain when your center of gravity extends outside the body; 5.) Pressing for the jerk has your eyes track upwards slightly to assist keeping the chest wide and up; and 6.) Finishing has the eyes straight ahead, assisting to push your head forward ahead of the bar.

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