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The 1 Kilo Rule: Set Yourself up for Success, Greg Everett
The 1 Kilo Rule: Set Yourself up for Success
Greg Everett  |  October 27 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Weightlifting is a sport in which the rate of progress declines pretty reliably over time. That is, the longer you train, the more slowly you make progress. As you reach the time past the beginning and intermediate stages in which progress is measured in small numbers over large spans of time, having sound programming and strategy is even more important. Part of that is doing everything you can to provide opportunities to measure that progress. There’s an almost irresistible compulsion......
Your Arms Are Like Ropes. True or False?, Matt Foreman
Your Arms Are Like Ropes. True or False?
Matt Foreman  |  October 20 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
“Your arms are like ropes.”   I don’t remember the first time I heard this, but I know it was right in the beginning when I was learning the OLifts. I’ve continued to hear it (and use it) throughout my career.   In case you’ve never heard anybody say this, it’s a technical cue that’s intended to reduce premature arm pull in the snatch or clean. As you already know, weightlifters are supposed to use their legs, hips, back and shoul......
I'm Gonna Have Me Some Fun... The Predator Cycle, Mike Gray
I'm Gonna Have Me Some Fun... The Predator Cycle
Mike Gray  |  October 13 2014  |  General Training
I need to explain the title of this first before I get started. In 1987, I had just finished my freshman year of high school and I went and saw Predator in the theater. This was during Arnold Schwarzenegger’s peak, when Terminator, Commando and the Conans were all coming out and guys across the world were flocking to the gym and buying any book or magazine with him on the cover. This movie is by far my favorite movie of all time. When it comes on one of those cable channels that plays the ......
A Simple Guide to Competition Warm-ups, Greg Everett
A Simple Guide to Competition Warm-ups
Greg Everett  |  October 7 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
One of the most common questions I get through the various media through which I’m connected interminably to the weightlifting world is how to properly warm-up for competition. A lot of people are trying weightlifting competition for the first time and have no coach, and a lot of coaches are finding new athletes who want to try competition, and neither know how exactly it all works in the warm-up room. Understandably, this is a source of a great deal of stress and nervousness. I’m go......
(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......
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