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Strength, Bands & Staying in Your Lane, Greg Everett
Strength, Bands & Staying in Your Lane
Greg Everett  |  October 10 2013  |  Editorial
This is an article I’m regretting writing before I even start. One, because I know it will spur a bunch of time-consuming argument on the internet; two, because no matter what it will sound emotional; and three, because it feels a bit like trying to convince people that it makes more sense to eat with your hands than with your feet. I expect that the people who agree with what I’m going to say already agree with it, and those who disagree will keep on disagreeing, and probably like m......
Lift Before You Lift, Greg Everett
Lift Before You Lift
Greg Everett  |  October 1 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
You all know how I feel about warming up. I've spent a lot of time explaining it. If you've missed it somehow, I'll distill my thesis to its essence: If you're not warming-up, you're not tough or elite, you're lazy. Don't confuse this as my saying I think you should spend hours warming up each day; I'm saying you need to prepare adequately. Aside from warming up in a general way, we can do some things specific to weightlifting to help even more specifically with the lift(s) we're about ......
Equipment & Supplements: What I Use, Greg Everett
Equipment & Supplements: What I Use
Greg Everett  |  July 16 2013  |  General Training
A lot of the questions we get at Catalyst Athletics are regarding equipment and personal gear, so I thought it would make sense to lay out all the gear we use here at the gym and what I use personally, from wraps and straps to supplements and barbells.   Equipment   Knee Sleeves I typically use knee sleeves only when cleaning, squatting or jerking heavy. I don’t wear them when snatching. The support of neoprene sleeves is great when you’re squatting or jerking, but they......
Shut Up, Flexibility, Greg Everett
Shut Up, Flexibility
Greg Everett  |  June 12 2013  |  General Training
A couple weeks ago, I sent out a newsletter in which I talked about the secret to flexibility being no secret at all, but simply commitment over time to work and consistency. In other words, there are no magic tricks or secret formulas or fancy gadgets that will suddenly increase your flexibility without any work. I think a lot of people waste inordinate amounts of time reading, watching videos, planning programs in their heads, and doing everything other than actually stretching, and find thems......
Warm-up Early, Greg Everett
Warm-up Early
Greg Everett  |  June 7 2013  |  Quick Tips
Not all of us have the luxury of a schedule that allows the following, but you may still be able to pull off something similar. One of the great things about training twice a day is that the second sessions always feels great - at least with regard to being warm and loose. Even hours later, you'll still be "warm" from that first workout. You can get some of that benefit without doing a full workout, and potentially without even going to the gym. Try doing your warm-up in the m......
The Relation of Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Squat Weights, Greg Everett
The Relation of Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Squat Weights
Greg Everett  |  May 22 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
How much should I snatch and clean & jerk if I back squat this much? This is a question I get a lot, and there isn't a simple, formulaic answer. Put simply, it depends on your own strengths and weaknesses. I have seen enormous ranges even just in my own gym, let alone outside of it. You will have bigger classic lifts relative to your squat if you are: 1. Explosive 2. Technically proficient 3. Experienced in weightlifting 4. Naturally athletic (i.e. coordinated, good at motor ski......
Missing Lifts in Training, Greg Everett
Missing Lifts in Training
Greg Everett  |  March 11 2013  |  Quick Tips
What percentage of your lifts in training are misses? If you know an actual number, you're spending too much time on the math and not enough on the lifting, but if it's a big chunk, you're probably aware of it. I've talked a lot about practice and how important it is to practice lifting the way you want to lift even on the seemingly inconsequential sets or accessory lifts because that will be the majority of your training volume, and therefore the majority of your training time. Your misses ......
Train Like A Champion: Technique, Habits and Positivity, Greg Everett
Train Like A Champion: Technique, Habits and Positivity
Greg Everett  |  February 25 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Possibly the biggest mistake I see people making with regard to technique training is simply not investing enough time into the training itself. With the easy and usually free access to an abundance of information about weightlifting technique now, it’s easy to spend hours and hours searching, reading and asking about technique, technique training, exercises, corrective drills and then whatever tangential topics sprout out. Yet when it comes to actually applying that information, athletes ......
Get Cozy Down There, Greg Everett
Get Cozy Down There
Greg Everett  |  January 16 2013  |  Quick Tips
Something I can't stand is watching lifters with weak or inconsistent bottom positions in the snatch rush out of the squat and drop the bar partway up, even in power snatches (this applies to jerks as well). These same athletes will often also complain about missing big attempts that "felt so easy" because they can't secure the bar overhead long enough to recover successfully. This to me is such an obvious fix, that having to remind people drives me crazy. If this describes you, eas......
Back Extension(s), Greg Everett
Back Extension(s)
Greg Everett  |  January 7 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
If one of your problems with the Olympic lifts is a weak back arch, that needs to become a focus for you in just about everything you do. Some of you have become very strong in round-backed postures and are finding yourselves unable to set a proper back arch in the pull of the snatch or clean, or even all the way through your squats. Reversing this can take a long time and a lot of patience and consistency. One of my favorite exercises is the plain old back extension (or hyperextension......
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