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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 ......
Are You an Athlete or an Exerciser?, Greg Everett
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 lines between athletes and exercisers is often blurred or forgotten (or not even understood to exis......
Stair Blocks: You Don't Need Them, but Here's How, Greg Everett
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 them   Stair blocks are definitely a cool but unnecessary piece of gear. If you have space, t......
Fixing Droopy Elbows in the Jerk, Matt Foreman
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 phase, the elbows drop. Sometimes it’s a relatively minor drop, they just kinda sag down a ......
2014 National Championships Recap, Greg Everett
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 trained at Catalyst two days each week at the most because her job has had her out of town for a clien......
Competition Preparation: Don't Forget the Details, Greg Everett
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 matter. There are countless factors that contribute to your performance, and many are beyond your con......
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