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(Over) Analyzing & (Over) Coaching, Matt Foreman
(Over) Analyzing & (Over) Coaching
Matt Foreman  |  September 29 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I think I’ll get straight to the point with this one. We’re going to take a look at coaches and athletes who overanalyze every lift. Ooohhh, I bet I’m hitting close to home with this subject. We’ve got some guilty parties out there, right? Some of you are lifters, and you pick apart every single rep you perform. Every time you do a snatch, clean, jerk, etc., you find six things you did wrong. You jumped forward a little, you didn’t finish your pull, you d......
Loose Knees = Loose Jerks, Greg Everett
Loose Knees = Loose Jerks
Greg Everett  |  September 22 2014  |  Quick Tips
Stand up and hang out for a moment. Now consider the muscles around your knees - are they tight and fighting to keep your knee from suddenly bending under the weight of your body? Probably not. We stand on a passive knee lock that doesn't require much muscular work. This is handy, as it would get pretty exhausting to be that active at all times just to stand still. The problem occurs when we try to initiate a jerk from this position. If you begin your jerk dip from this passive knee lock, the......
The 80% - 90% Gap Program, Matt Foreman
The 80% - 90% Gap Program
Matt Foreman  |  September 15 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I know what you want.   Seriously, I do. I’m using my telepathic powers again. I can see inside your noggin.   You want some new training ideas.   Was I right? (you’re all nodding your heads) Yeah, I knew it.   Okay, I’m gonna give you a program you probably haven’t heard of. Maybe you’ll give it a whirl someday, either using it yourself or with the athletes you coach.   I call this the “80-90% Gap” program. Let me expl......
The Clean and Jerk Rack Positions, Greg Everett
The Clean and Jerk Rack Positions
Greg Everett  |  September 8 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Weightlifting has quite a few layers—you can learn the snatch and clean & jerk in a few minutes, but you can then spend a lifetime learning how to perform them better. It’s an odd combination of joy and frustration. There are countless minor details that collectively can make dramatic differences in lift performance—the rack positions for the clean and the jerk are perfect examples of this. The following are some of the more important of those details that should improve yo......
The Ballsiest Lifter in History... and You, Matt Foreman
The Ballsiest Lifter in History... and You
Matt Foreman  |  September 3 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
How many of you have heard of an old Soviet weightlifter named Yuri Zakharevich? Probably not many, I’m guessing. He’s one of the greatest in history, but his prime was in the 80s. So he’s before your time, unless you happen to be a veteran or lifting historian. You newbies have never seen anything like Yuri. He lifted like he was sent here from another galaxy. It’s still almost incomprehensible how good this dude was. On March 4th,1983, he snatched 200 kg (440 l......
7 Steps to Better Technique Coaching, Bob Takano
7 Steps to Better Technique Coaching
Bob Takano  |  September 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Whenever I present at seminars about coaching weightlifting I always try to emphasize the following seven points in this particular order for those interested in improving their technical coaching skills. Realize Something is Wrong: In order to realize that a lift is being performed incorrectly, you have to be able to perceive a correct lift. If you can’t do this, you need to develop this skill first of all. You need to be able to discern what a perfect lift would look like (and sou......
Taking an Honest Look, Mike Gray
Taking an Honest Look
Mike Gray  |  August 27 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I recently competed in a local meet and had a shit showing. It wasn’t from a lack of training or effort; in fact I had a great few months leading up to it. It was just a shitty performance and I honestly had never been that embarrassed or pissed walking out of a meet as I had that night. I was back in the gym the next day because it’s what I do and I honestly couldn’t imagine sitting around my house thinking about it for another second. So fast forward a couple of weeks and ......
Team Programs versus Individual Programs, Greg Everett
Team Programs versus Individual Programs
Greg Everett  |  August 25 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
With the explosion of interest in weightlifting, there is a parallel increase in new weightlifting clubs. We get a lot of emails asking about every aspect of running a weightlifting club, and one of the most common questions is what the best way to program for a weightlifting team is: to write a single program for the team, or to write individual programs for each lifter. This is a tricky question—there isn’t a right or wrong way, and what makes sense will vary with the circumstances......
Squat Cycles and Other Crap That Doesn't Work, Matt Foreman
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 hitting some previous material.   This is going to be about squats, squat cycles, and how they......
Reponse to the new USA Weightlifting National Meet Qualification Procedure, Greg Everett
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 each one is my response. 1. "What other sport is worried about their events becoming too ......
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