A Simple Guide to Olympic Lifts

By: Cody McGhee 

Bench Press

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Blake Sydnor bench presses at the Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation Center in Kennesaw, Ga. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Bench press is an exercise that works out your chest muscles. (JEM Capstone/ Cody McGhee)
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Blake lowers the bar, stretching his chest, while at the Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation Center, in Kennesaw, Ga. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Once the bar touches Blake’s chest, he lifts it back up to the starting position. (JEM Captstone/ Cody McGhee)
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Blake lifts the bar off his chest at the Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation Center in Kennesaw, Ga. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Once Blake reaches the starting position, he has completed one repetition. (JEM Capstone/ Cody McGhee)

Deadlift

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To deadlift, Blake positions himself straight in front of the bar with both feet flat on the ground, while at the Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation Center on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 in Kennesaw, Ga. The proper form includes knees bent, a straight back, and a pushed out chest. (JEM Capstone/ Cody McGhee) 
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Blake rises up, while keeping his back straight, chest out, and weight on the heels of his feet, while deadlifting at the Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation Center in Kennesaw, Ga. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Blake lifts the bar as if he is dragging it up his legs. (JEM Capstone/ Cody McGhee)
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Blake finishes the movement returning back to the starting position, at the Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation Center in Kennesaw, Ga. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Blake lowers the bar while keeping his back straight to avoid injurt; once he reaches the starting position, he completes one repetition. (JEM Capstone/ Cody McGhee)

Squat

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Blake starts a squat with the bar on his shoulders and his legs spread slightly further than a body’s width apart, at the Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation Center in Kennesaw, Ga. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Just like with the deadlift, Blake keeps his weight on the heels of his feet to avoid injury. (JEM Capstone/ Cody McGhee)
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To begin the movement, Blake slowly bends his knees until his quadriceps are parallel to the ground, at the Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation Center in Kennesaw, Ga. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Keeping a straight back and knees behind his toes will help prevent Blake from injury. (JEM Capstone/ Cody McGhee)
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Blake explodes through the heels of his feet to raise back up to the starting position, at the Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation Center in Kennesaw, Ga. on Tuesday February 9, 2016. Once Blake reaches the starting position, he will complete one repetition. (JEM Capstone/ Cody McGhee) 
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