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The Olympic Lift Starting Position, Greg Everett
The Olympic Lift Starting Position
Greg Everett  |  February 28 2009  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Before we continue, let’s first establish what exactly we’re talking about. Most importantly, we need to understand this: The purpose of the starting position (and first pull) is to allow an optimal second & third pull. If you take away only one point from this entire article, it should be that one. If you don’t understand that, none of the following details explaining or describing the starting position will matter. The second pull of the snatch and clean is the ......
Quick & Dirty Plate Rack, Greg Everett
Quick & Dirty Plate Rack
Greg Everett  |  January 28 2009  |  Equipment
Plate racks are a rip-off. There, I said it. They require minimal, relatively low-quality steel, and aren't exactly remarkable feats of engineering. Instead of spend money on expensive plate racks (most of which aren't that great anyway) that could be put to better use buying... plates... we threw together some simple racks that can store both a full set of bumper plates and the metal change. The following is a simple guide to doing the same yourself. Keep in mind the thickness of our plates......
The Anterior Chain: Don't Neglect It, Greg Everett
The Anterior Chain: Don't Neglect It
Greg Everett  |  November 30 2008  |  General Training
As of late, the posterior chain gets so much attention and credit, and the loyal, reliable anterior chain seems to be regarded with disdain, or at least neglected in an undeservedly hurtful manner. Despite this poor treatment, it remains and continues working diligently. This is not to say (an expression one of my college professors used in infuriating excess while shamelessly demonstrating his vomitous infatuation with romantic era English poetry), of course, that the posterior chain is not ......
Attitude Adjustment, Greg Everett
Attitude Adjustment
Greg Everett  |  October 30 2008  |  Editorial
I do my best to fly under the radar (phrase and advice supplied by Eva T years ago)—to do my thing, do it as well as I can, and let the rest slide off my back. Unfortunately I appear to be a drama magnet and have found it impossible to escape. The particulars of my own struggle are not important for this article—the point is that even doing my best to avoid it, it surrounds me. It pervades the fitness and strength & conditioning industry, the flame oxidized by the cheapness of wo......
Breathing and Breath Control for Olympic Weightlifting, Greg Everett
Breathing and Breath Control for Olympic Weightlifting
Greg Everett  |  April 1 2008  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Breath control is critical for increasing and maintaining the structural integrity of the torso while under heavy loads. The supporting musculature is alone inadequate—in order to adequately stabilize the spine, the abdominal and thoracic cavities must be pressurized. Additionally, we need to create as broad of a base for the torso as possible—the rationale for this should be obvious if one considers the structural integrity of a pyramid versus an upside-down pyramid. Drawing in the ......
CrossFit Criteria, Greg Everett
CrossFit Criteria
Greg Everett  |  February 29 2008  |  General Training
[NOTE: I wrote this article in February 2008, at a time when CrossFit as an actual competitive sport was very young and still in its earliest phase of development. Since that time, more standards have been implemented in the CrossFit Games and those of you who were not around prior to the current era may not understand what all the fuss herein is about. You'll just have to believe me that this was an enormous point of contention within the community. - Greg Everett, 5-16-2014] This whole Cros......
Building A Lifting Platform on a Slope, Greg Everett
Building A Lifting Platform on a Slope
Greg Everett  |  September 13 2007  |  Equipment
You want an outdoor weightlifting platform. Maybe indoor space is limited, or maybe you just want to boost testosterone with 20-rep squats in the sun. But for some silly reason, the folks who built your facility were concerned with water drainage and the area in which you want your platform is sloped. Sloped weightlifting platforms, it turns out, don't work well. I ran into this problem when building a weightlifting platform for NorCal Strength & Conditioning. Overcoming the slope t......
Modifying a Sled for Use on Cement, Greg Everett
Modifying a Sled for Use on Cement
Greg Everett  |  September 13 2007  |  Equipment
Pulling a metal sled on a cement surface is problematic for two primary reasons: first, the skids will eventually be ground away leaving you with an entirely useless piece of equipment, and two, the neighbors don't appreciate the sound of metal scraping over cement for extended periods of time. Instead of spending money on a new sled, spend $10 and 30 minutes on some aftermarket modification to allow the use of your current sled on the cement. You will need: A sled A stri......
The Olympic Weightlifting Squat, Greg Everett
The Olympic Weightlifting Squat
Greg Everett  |  November 15 2006  |  Olympic Weightlifting
The squat is foundational to the Olympic lifts as a position, a movement and a strength exercise. Without a well-developed and consistent squat, neither pulling technique nor pulling power will produce entirely successful Olympic weightlifting. The great natural physical variation among athletes dictates that there will never be a universally perfect prescription for body positioning, but irrespective of this variation, the fundamental principles remain consistent. Continued reliance on them wil......
The Shoulder - Back Flexibility Connection, Greg Everett
The Shoulder - Back Flexibility Connection
Greg Everett  |  May 22 2006  |  General Training
Inflexible shoulder girdles are a commonly overlooked cause of lower back injuries and pain. If the shoulders are unable to open fully (extend the arms vertically), the overhead position is not actually overhead. Therefore, when attempting to lift the arms overhead, the lumbar spine tends to hyperextend, rotating the torso backward to allow the arms attached to the partially opened shoulders to extend vertically. The ability to fully open the shoulder, then, is integral to long-term functionalit......
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