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Fixing Droopy Elbows in the Jerk
Matt Foreman  |  July 28 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Droopy elbows in the jerk…it’s often a HUGE problem with beginners.   Let me describe what it is, although many of you probably already have the visual image in your head because you’ve seen it a lot. A lifter has the bar on his/her shoulders, preparing to jerk. The elbows are in an appropriate position and it all looks pretty stable and solid. During the dip ph...
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2014 National Championships Recap
Greg Everett  |  July 22 2014  |  Editorial
This past weekend, Catalyst Athletics took 10 lifters to the National Championships in Salt Lake City. It was a long weekend, but it was a well-run meet in a great venue. Jes Liao (48 kg) and Blake Barnes (69 kg) were our first lifters on Friday. Both lifters have had a rough past couple months with training. Jes in the last couple months has slept at home only a handful of nights and only tr...
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Competition Preparation: Don't Forget the Details
Greg Everett  |  July 14 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
As the National Championships approach, I figured a competition preparation article was in order. We’ve published a few articles on the subject before, so I want to focus on some details that often go overlooked.   Weightlifting competition is about as stressful as it gets due to the circumstances—you’ve spent months and years training for a grand total of six lifts that m...
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Greasy Food, Joint Pain, Being Obsessive Compulsive, Training Well & Enjoying Life
Matt Foreman  |  July 9 2014  |  Nutrition
Okay, I’ve got some important ideas to share with you, and I just came up with them about two hours ago. So I need to get everything down on paper before I forget it. Make sure you understand something right from the beginning. I have to start this article by talking about myself, but I’m going to transition into talking about YOU. And you want to hear what I’ve got to say, ...
PERFORMANCE MENU ISSUE 114

How to Recover Like a Professional Athlete Without the Professional Paycheck, Tanner Martty
How to Recover Like a Professional Athlete Without the Professional Paycheck
Tanner Martty  |  July 1 2014  |  Recovery & Injury Management
To get in shape, you need to work out as much as possible. But how do you attack Wednesday’s training session when you can barely move from Monday’s?

The answer is recovery.

Professional athletes push their bodies to the limit week in and week out over the course of a long season. Teams spare no expense to ensure their players are rested and rejuvenat...
True or False: Alcohol Sabotages Your Recovery, Beth Skwarecki
True or False: Alcohol Sabotages Your Recovery
Beth Skwarecki  |  July 1 2014  |  Health & Wellness
Tell me I'm not the only fan of the post-workout shower beer. You know, when you've had a long day and then a hard workout, and your need for a hot shower is surpassed only by your need for a cold beer. So, unable to decide, you have them both at the same time. Ahhh.

But, shower beer in hand, sometimes I wonder: is indulging in an alcoholic beverage such a good idea during that impo...
Recipes: Issue 114, Scott Hagnas
Recipes: Issue 114
Scott Hagnas  |  July 1 2014  |  Recipes
Quick Red Curry w/Lamb

Time: 15 minutes

• 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
• 1/2 onion, chopped
• 1 lb. lamb, diced
• 1/2-cup coconut cream (coconut milk can work in a pinch)
• 4 cups spinach
• 1 Tbsp. red curry paste
• 1/2 can tomato sauce (~7 oz.)
• salt to taste
Weightlifting News: Issue 114, Sam Holmes
Weightlifting News: Issue 114
Sam Holmes  |  July 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
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Athlete Interview: Travis Cooper, Matt Foreman
Athlete Interview: Travis Cooper
Matt Foreman  |  July 1 2014  |  Interviews
A young kid plays sports in high school. At some point, his coaches introduce him to weight training and he learns that it will make him a better athlete. Over time, his skills in the weight room begin to excel. When he graduates from high school, he doesn’t have many lucrative future offers in mainstream sports, so he decides to pursue competitive Olympic weightlifting.

This ...
Kebabs: Winning Combinations for the Grill , Leigh Kramarczuk
Kebabs: Winning Combinations for the Grill
Leigh Kramarczuk  |  July 1 2014  |  Recipes
Summer’s long days can make cooking indoors feel like a chore. So if you’re looking for new ideas for the grill, consider the kebab.

Kebabs—or shish kebabs as they’re often called—are so much more than “meat on a stick.” Depending on your taste, a kebab can follow in the style of the East European shashlik and feature only meat, or it can i...
Incorporating Olympic lifting In Your Program to Increase Speed Development, Brad Leshinske
Incorporating Olympic lifting In Your Program to Increase Speed Development
Brad Leshinske  |  July 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
For years, Olympic lifting has been worked into training programs of athletes looking to get stronger. What most people do not realize is that Olympic lifting is a huge component of speed development. While Olympic lifters do not have to add a speed development program to their regimen, athletes looking to get faster need to add Olympic lifting to theirs. This speaks highly to those athletes who c...
Instilling Personal Character: Not Your Job?, Matt Foreman
Instilling Personal Character: Not Your Job?
Matt Foreman  |  July 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Don’t you just love how dependent we are on the internet? It’s a little pathetic, isn’t it? We literally can’t live without it. I’m an old school guy, so I guess I should have a condemning attitude about it…griping about how my grandpappy didn’t need no damn internet to fight those greasy krauts in WWII, so that makes us a bunch of commie scumbags because...
Utilizing Post Activation Potentiation to Maximize Power Output, Mark Kaelin
Utilizing Post Activation Potentiation to Maximize Power Output
Mark Kaelin  |  July 1 2014  |  General Fitness & Training
How many of us early in our training history looked at the warm-up as just some time for a little stretching, coupled with a little cardio before hitting the squat rack? Not anymore. Static stretching before a training session has gone the way of the pay phone. Today, coaches incorporate dynamic exercises to increase heart rate and core body temperature while taking the body through motions simila...
Ask Greg: Issue 114, Greg Everett
Ask Greg: Issue 114
Greg Everett  |  July 1 2014  |  Ask Greg
Jessica Asks: As a novice female lifter I have issues with my split jerk drive. I start fine with the dip but always go forward on the drive no matter how hard I fight it. It's less so when I power jerk but I'm not sure whether I should try to switch completely or not given the fact that I just can't move the same weight. Now I'll be the first to admit I need to get s...
TODAY'S WORKOUT

Monday July 28 2014
Olympic weightlifting training
  • Snatch - 70%x2, 75%x2, 80%x1, 85%x1x3
  • Clean & Jerk - 70%x1, 75%x1, 80%x1, 85%x1
  • Clean Pull - 95%x2x3
  • Back Squat - 75%x3, 80%x2, 85%x2x2
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Issue 114: July 2014

Ask Greg: Issue 114
Greg Everett

Instilling Personal Character: Not Your Job?
Matt Foreman

How to Recover Like a Professional Athlete Without the Professional Paycheck
Tanner Martty

Incorporating Olympic lifting In Your Program to Increase Speed Development
Brad Leshinske

Utilizing Post Activation Potentiation to Maximize Power Output
Mark Kaelin

True or False: Alcohol Sabotages Your Recovery
Beth Skwarecki

Kebabs: Winning Combinations for the Grill
Leigh Kramarczuk

Athlete Interview: Travis Cooper
Matt Foreman

Recipes: Issue 114
Scott Hagnas

Weightlifting News: Issue 114
Sam Holmes

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