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Onnit's Lewis Howes shows you How to Build Explosiveness Without Olympic Weight Lifting

How to Build Explosiveness Without Olympic Weight Lifting

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February 12, 2015
Updated April 11, 2018

Using Olympic Weightlifting with the barbell is an extremely masterful skill….it is an olympic sport after all.

But, using the barbell for olympic lifts is not the only way to build explosiveness.

It takes months of practice with a coach, and 1000’s of repetitions to begin to receive any sort of a benefit out of them.

A lot of athletes get injured when first getting into olympic weightlifting without any sort of coach or competent trainer. If you have this kind of time and money then by all means, go for it.

However, if you do not have this kind of time, the sandbag is an excellent alternative to the barbell for performing olympic lifts.

The sandbag is a great implement for a beginner to use for an amazing explosive workout, without the risk of injury that comes from olympic weightlifting.

Two of my favorite exercises using the sandbag are the sandbag clean and the sandbag snatch.

Sandbag Clean

The Sandbag Clean is one half of the Olympic Lift, the Clean and Jerk. It is also the standard technique for getting your Sandbag, or any other weight, from the ground to chest height. The Sandbag Clean develops hand and grip strength as well as full body power.

Sandbag Snatch

The Sandbag Snatch is a powerful exercise. The snatch builds explosive lower and upper body pulling power while simultaneously builds powerful, strong and flexible shoulders. A must for any athlete. Not only does it build unreal endurance it will also strengthen you from head to toe. The sandbag snatch is used in many instances as a test because it is one the best exercises to demonstrate ones strength and conditioning. This exercise not only has a strengthening effect but will also cut body fat very fast.

Olympic Weightlifting with Sandbags


Here is a complete olympic weightlifting workout you can try using the sandbag.

Onnit's Lewis Howes shows you How to Build Explosiveness Without Olympic Weight Lifting

Hi there. My name is Lewis and I want to get real with you for a minute. I’ve always dreamed big, strived for greatness and deeply cared about people. My dream growing up was to be a professional athlete and be an Olympian. After getting injured while playing professional football, I immediately thought about how to achieve the next dream. Broken, broke, and clueless on how to make money or get a career, my obsession for learning about business, marketing, and adding value to influential people (when I had no value to give) began. Since then it’s been a powerful journey for me – building up a multi-million dollar online media company, speaking all over the world, helping multiple authors reach the New York Times bestsellers list, advising for billion dollar brands, receiving media praise from places like Details Magazine being one of “5 Internet Gurus Who Can Make You Rich” and much more. I’m a firm believer that how you feel every moment is more important than what you do or what you have. I got a taste of being a pro athlete for a short amount of time. Knowing what is possible in life when I commit to my vision and pursue it with 100% passion… anything is possible. Living my ideal lifestyle is important to me instead of working to survive life. It’s hard to think that without having any business experience I went from sleeping on my sister’s couch to running a seven figure business in a couple years. Hustle comes to mind when people ask me how I did it. Lot’s of hustle, passion, focus, and consistent vision.
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