Knowing your cues is important for every athlete.What is a cue? Cues are basically tips to help you think about the details that help us perform a movement correctly and safely. Most of us can walk into the gym and do an air squat. But can you do it in a way that engages the intended muscles and keeps you safe from injury?
Some general cues to keep in mind during weightlifting are to keep the weight in the heels, keep your chest up, push your knees out, or squeeze your core.
You’ve probably heard a coach at Pittsburgh FIT give you one of those cues before. Sometimes you might even find them to be annoying because you’ve heard them so much. These little details are extremely important in executing the movements. Some of us have mastered them while others are still working hard to put it all together, and that’s why your coaches are giving you these tips.
Here are some of my favorite cues:
Front SquatTo maintain an optimal front rack, imagine a hook pulling your elbows up
KippingTo maintain a tight position through your body, imagine squeezing a piece of paper between your feet. For a better hollow position, imagine pushing the bar away from you.
SnatchingTo maintain close and straight barbell path, imagine that you’re performing your snatch in a tight space, there’s no room to move the barbell away from your body
Power CleanTo maintain an optimal barbell path, think about leading with your elbows when you transition the barbell towards your shoulders
Not every cue works for every athlete.
What cues work best for you?