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The 2012 American Open, or The Weekend I Almost Killed Matt Foreman, Greg Everett
The 2012 American Open, or The Weekend I Almost Killed Matt Foreman
Greg Everett  |  December 5 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
The dust has settled for the most part after the 2012 American Open in Palm Springs, California, so I’m going to see if I can do a recap of the weekend. This year we had 12 lifters competing—I believe that made us the second largest team there behind the juggernaut East Coast Gold (technically 11 since Caleb lifts unattached—details). Normally the American Open is somewhere in the Midwest or on the East Coast. Getting to spend a December weekend in Palm Springs was incredib......
Squat Stance & the Olympic Lifts, Greg Everett
Squat Stance & the Olympic Lifts
Greg Everett  |  November 13 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
With the Olympic lifts, it’s easy to wander a little too far down the rabbit hole and find yourself lost amid overwhelming detail. There are times when such detail is necessary and helpful, but at other times, the best course of action is to simplify. Sometimes this just means reassessing a problem with a perspective guided by simplicity—that is, returning to the basics to fix the complex. If you’re struggling to figure out why your snatch and clean receiving positions are u......
Dumb Weightlifting Questions, Greg Everett
Dumb Weightlifting Questions
Greg Everett  |  October 17 2012  |  General Training
It was suggested to me by our talented editor Yael that I write an article about “dumb” weightlifting questions. I turned to the internet’s leading repositories of dumb questions—Facebook and Twitter—for some ideas. The following are some of the better ones you provided me. She told me my answers were obnoxious and unhelpful so I'll be doing a real version in the Performance Menu next month, but I figured these shouldn't go to waste. Please note that none of these a......
The Power Jerk: Yes, It Has Uses, Greg Everett
The Power Jerk: Yes, It Has Uses
Greg Everett  |  October 10 2012  |  Quick Tips
I've always hated power jerks, like most people who split jerk as their prefered jerk method. It's awkward, uncomfortable and difficult. But I have a grudging respect and appreciation for the exercise because it can be immensely valuable as a training exercise for split jerkers. The power jerk forces a solid, strong dip and strong drive, and possibly more importantly, a balanced and correctly oriented drive. With the split jerk, a lifter can get away with a certain amount of imbalance or forward......
Snatch and Clean Extension: Be Patient, Greg Everett
Snatch and Clean Extension: Be Patient
Greg Everett  |  September 17 2012  |  Quick Tips
A big mistake with the snatch and clean is trying to initiate the final explosion too soon. This can create a list of problems, including shifting your balance too far forward, pushing the bar away from your body, preventing a complete extension of the hips, and limiting the speed and height of the bar. Bring the barbell back into your body as it leaves the floor, and continue using the lats to push it back into the hips - not near the hips, but actually into the hips. (Understand that the hips ......
Move Your Feet, Greg Everett
Move Your Feet
Greg Everett  |  September 5 2012  |  Quick Tips
Do you find that your feet never quite end up where they need to be when you snatch or clean? For example, they're always too far behind you? Try actively lifting your feet and replacing them flat on the platform, focusing on landing on the whole foot, not the balls of the feet, and directly under the bar. You might be surprised how much it improves your balance and position when receiving the lift. Now before you go and tattle on me, I'm not telling you to lift your feet way up into the air.......
Program Design: Feelings vs. Planning, Greg Everett
Program Design: Feelings vs. Planning
Greg Everett  |  September 3 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
There are a lot of different ways to train as a weightlifter, but two broad categories can be described by either planning and prescribing all the numbers (e.g. weights, reps, sets) or training by feel, which can mean making decisions on everything from weights to reps to the actual exercises performed on a given day. Personally I like it all—nothing to extremes. I believe strongly that there needs to be planning, both short and long term, of an athlete’s training, particul......
Spread the Bar, But Not That Way, Greg Everett
Spread the Bar, But Not That Way
Greg Everett  |  August 29 2012  |  Quick Tips
A lot of people have been cued to "spread the bar" or "pull the bar apart" when overhead in the snatch. I'm not a big fan of this cue, because in my mind, the effort to pull a bar apart means gripping it tightly. A tight grip on the bar overhead and/or as you're trying to finalize the lockout will slow the elbow extension down and limit how well the elbows can ext end. If you want to think of spreading the bar, do it by pushing the bar apart through youir palms. Push the ......
Getting Under the Split Jerk Properly, Greg Everett
Getting Under the Split Jerk Properly
Greg Everett  |  August 27 2012  |  Quick Tips
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are good at the jerk, and those who are not. For the latter group, there are so many things that can go wrong or be misunderstood that it can be very daunting to correct the movement. One of the big problems is moving into the split posiiton properly. First, it's important to understand that the dip and drive of the jerk, whether split, power or squat, is vertical. In fact, the bar actually needs to move backward slightly as it moves into ......
Pull Down for a Better Turnover, Greg Everett
Pull Down for a Better Turnover
Greg Everett  |  August 24 2012  |  Quick Tips
Having external rotation strength to turn the bar over in the snatch or having quick elbows in the turnover of the clean is great, but you can't have a quick turnover in either lift without accelerating down adequately first. The turnover itself is not and will never be a strong movement. Think of your shoulder pre-hab/re-hab external rotation exercises: how much resistance can you use? Very little, especially relative to the weights you're snatching and cleaning. What allows the turnover to hap......
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