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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......
The Trouble with Pulls, Greg Everett
The Trouble with Pulls
Greg Everett  |  July 9 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Traditionally, snatch and clean pulls are prescribed as a percentage of a lifter’s maximum snatch or clean. This generally keeps pulls appropriately quick and technically sound rather than allowing them to get slow and change the lifter’s balance and timing. Typically pulls are done with 80-105% of the lifter’s best snatch or clean, and for a lifter who is well-developed technically, this is usually appropriate and effective. However, for newer lifters who nearly always have......
Jerks: From the Rack or Blocks, Greg Everett
Jerks: From the Rack or Blocks
Greg Everett  |  June 27 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Having our new jerk tables delivered this morning made me think of a common question—when and why do you use jerk blocks or tables and when do you just take the jerk from a rack and bring it back down yourself? This of course is an opinion sort of question, so don’t take the following as some kind of weightlifting fact. Plenty of great jerkers have never once done a jerk workout with blocks. They are not a requirement to having a jerk of any certain caliber. That being said, they&......
When to Move on, and When to Punch Your Missed Lift in its Stupid Little Mouth, Greg Everett
When to Move on, and When to Punch Your Missed Lift in its Stupid Little Mouth
Greg Everett  |  May 28 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
There are times in a lifter’s life when lifts aren’t made. These times are, of course, the absolute worst, and in those moments following a missed lift, athletes can generally find indisputable proof that they’ll never again succeed, why their abilities have already peaked and they’re finally and terminally on the decline, and why, being in such a stage of life, they no longer have any value to the world. There are two basic responses following a missed lift: To accep......
Starter Program for Catalyst Athletics Online Workouts, Greg Everett
Starter Program for Catalyst Athletics Online Workouts
Greg Everett  |  May 21 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
The following is a 4-week training program that can be used to get started with the training program posted on this website. This is a good cycle to start with if you have not previously been doing the Olympic lifts frequently in your training. Ab work should be done every training day, along with any supplemental work, e.g. back extensions, upper body beach work, etc that you want to do. If you plan to do the conditioning portion of the program, add brief conditioning workouts 2 times per ......
Technique Development Advice: Ask Greg, Greg Everett
Technique Development Advice: Ask Greg
Greg Everett  |  May 17 2012  |  Ask Greg Everett
Dan Asks: I’m learning lifts for the first time after 20 years of martial arts, and PTing. My approach at the moment is technique, technique, technique – then when I feel I need the weight to progress the technique to add load so that the load is demanded by my technique progress. Eventually I guess my load will start demanding technique if you know what I mean... Also I’m following the one way I’ve been taught for a while – then later when nailed – I inten......
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