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Squat Cycles and Other Crap That Doesn't Work
Matt Foreman  |  August 18 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Disclaimer: The subject of this article is something I wrote about in my book Bones of Iron. Sometimes I get ideas to write about things I’ve already covered, but I shy away from them because I say, “This was in my book, and I don’t wanna repeat stuff.” Then I remember that not everybody has read my book (which makes absolutely no sense to me), so I feel okay about hit...
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Reponse to the new USA Weightlifting National Meet Qualification Procedure
Greg Everett  |  August 15 2014  |  Editorial
For the most part, the reaction among weightlifters to the new USAW national meet qualification procedures has been positive, but there has been a surprising (to me, at least) amount of objection. I want to just address a few examples of these objections directly rather than trying to compose something entirely. The following chunks in quotations were pulled off of various FB posts. Below ...
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Are You an Athlete or an Exerciser?
Greg Everett  |  August 11 2014  |  General Training
Before you even say it, no, the title isn’t a jab at CrossFitters. This has nothing to do with what sport or activity you choose to pursue, only how you pursue it. It could be CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting or golf.   With the proliferation of information and exposure to different training methodologies on the internet that we’ve seen in the last couple years in particular, the...
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Stair Blocks: You Don't Need Them, but Here's How
Greg Everett  |  July 30 2014  |  Equipment
There are a few pieces of equipment that you need in weightlifting. For example, a barbell and weights, a platform and a squat rack. That’s about it. Everything after that is a luxury. This isn’t to say that other things aren’t valuable—for example, blocks, jerk tables, risers, power rack… We have all of these things at Catalyst Athletics and get a lot of use out of ...
PERFORMANCE MENU ISSUE 115

Recipes: Issue 115, Scott Hagnas
Recipes: Issue 115
Scott Hagnas  |  August 1 2014  |  Recipes
Cardamom Cherry Beef

A quick and unique summer slow cooker recipe!

Active Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 6+ hours


• 1 lb. cherries
• 1/2 lb. grassfed beef stew meat, chopped into small pieces
• 1/4 cup water
• 1/8 tsp. cardamom (spice lovers can try 1/4 tsp.)
• salt
Putting the Cart Before the Horse: Lifting Prerequisites, Travis Mash
Putting the Cart Before the Horse: Lifting Prerequisites
Travis Mash  |  August 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Lately a lot has been done to revive the popularity of Weightlifting in America. The 2013 American Open was the biggest competition in the world that year with over 400 athletes. The 2014 Youth Nationals was the biggest weightlifting event ever with over 530 athletes. The sport is exploding, and I am loving it.

More people than ever are taking interest in a sport that I have loved m...
Weightlifting News: Issue 115, Sam Holmes
Weightlifting News: Issue 115
Sam Holmes  |  August 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
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Athlete Interview: Kara Doherty, Matt Foreman
Athlete Interview: Kara Doherty
Matt Foreman  |  August 1 2014  |  Interviews
These days, it’s much easier than it used to be if you’re an Olympic lifter and you’re looking for a place to train. Because of the CrossFit explosion that’s happened over the last ten years, most cities in this country (and other countries) have multiple gyms where athletes have access to platforms, bumper plates, and bars. All you have to do is pick a CrossFit box gym, an...
Human Patterning, Eric Auciello
Human Patterning
Eric Auciello  |  August 1 2014  |  Mobility & Training Preparation
Blake: Honestly Commissioner, I don't know anything about civil engineering.

Commissioner Gordon: But you know about patterns. Keep looking.


In the field of metaphysics, there’s a concept called the problem of universals. On a rudimentary level, the problem of universals addresses the possibility that multiple ...
The Rise of Competitive Fitness and How to Run Your Own Competition , Jonathan Lopez
The Rise of Competitive Fitness and How to Run Your Own Competition
Jonathan Lopez  |  August 1 2014  |  CrossFit
Competitive fitness has been around since the Ancient Olympics, where the first pentathlon was held in 708 BC. Perseus was the credited with being the first champion of the pentathlon, making him the first “Fittest Man on Earth.”

Fast forward to 2007, The CrossFit Games were held at The Ranch in Aromas, CA. It was truly an open competition; anyone that wanted to could ...
About This Feud Between O-Lifting and CrossFit , Matt Foreman
About This Feud Between O-Lifting and CrossFit
Matt Foreman  |  August 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Olympic weightlifting is a very old sport. Most of you probably know that already. It’s been around for over 100 years, going all the way back to the first Olympic Games in 1896. The sport has a rich history and massive international popularity. Almost every civilized country in the world that has any kind of athletic program practices some level of O-Lifting. It’s a smaller sport here...
True or false: Ice is Good for Minor Injuries , Beth Skwarecki
True or false: Ice is Good for Minor Injuries
Beth Skwarecki  |  August 1 2014  |  Recovery & Injury Management
It's a no-brainer for anything you've hurt: Whatever it is, wherever it is, put an ice pack on it. From bruises on up to sprains and muscle pulls and worse, by-the-book treatment, whether by a professional or by the athlete herself, is to check off four basics: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. (Or, you know, at least strap on a bag of frozen peas before resuming your workout.)
But now som...
Creating a Maintenance Program for Personalized Improvement , Kyle J Smith
Creating a Maintenance Program for Personalized Improvement
Kyle J Smith  |  August 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
How does maintaining an aspect of your fitness improve your fitness? At the end of an Olympic weightlifting-focused cycle, you PR with a bodyweight snatch. From there, you immediately start a program that is focused on highly technical gymnastics. If you are able to maintain your snatch PR through the gymnastics cycle while improving your max effort muscle ups, you have become more fit. Voil&agrav...
Maintaining Testosterone Levels at their Peak as You Age, Mark Kaelin
Maintaining Testosterone Levels at their Peak as You Age
Mark Kaelin  |  August 1 2014  |  Health & Wellness
Turn on your TV, page through the sports section of your local paper, or pick up any men’s magazine and you’re bound to see an ad describing the symptoms of low testosterone and how to fix it. While some medical conditions might require hormone replacement therapy, there’s a great deal you can do to maintain your testosterone levels.

“We can’t complet...
Ask Greg: Issue 115, Greg Everett
Ask Greg: Issue 115
Greg Everett  |  August 1 2014  |  Ask Greg
Tony Asks: I'm one of the coaches for and a competitive member of the Leadville Lifters weightlifting team in Leadville, CO. Over the past few months I've had the privilege several times of watching our National Olympic team train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and I was able to train with them once, which was a great experience. It seems that our...
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Issue 115: August 2014

Ask Greg: Issue 115
Greg Everett

About This Feud Between O-Lifting and CrossFit
Matt Foreman

Creating a Maintenance Program for Personalized Improvement
Kyle J Smith

Putting the Cart Before the Horse: Lifting Prerequisites
Travis Mash

Human Patterning
Eric Auciello

The Rise of Competitive Fitness and How to Run Your Own Competition
Jonathan Lopez

Maintaining Testosterone Levels at their Peak as You Age
Mark Kaelin

True or false: Ice is Good for Minor Injuries
Beth Skwarecki

Athlete Interview: Kara Doherty
Matt Foreman

Recipes: Issue 115
Scott Hagnas

Weightlifting News: Issue 115
Sam Holmes

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