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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......
Should I Give Up on the Split Jerk?, Greg Everett
Should I Give Up on the Split Jerk?
Greg Everett  |  June 30 2014  |  Ask Greg
Jessica Asks: As a novice female lifter I have issues with my split jerk drive. I start fine with the dip but always go forward on the drive no matter how hard I fight it. It's less so when I power jerk but I'm not sure whether I should try to switch completely or not given the fact that I just can't move the same weight. Now I'll be the first to admit I need to get stronger and that does play a part here but I often wonder if the split jerk is the most effective/efficient way for me to go. Here......
Efficiency, Bar Paths, New Techniques & Other Things I Hate, Greg Everett
Efficiency, Bar Paths, New Techniques & Other Things I Hate
Greg Everett  |  June 19 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m not sure why this issue is on my mind today, but I’m bothered every time I hear the word efficiency used in reference to improving weightlifting technique.   Let’s just start with definitions of two words courtesy of the only source of information remaining on the planet (remember the olden days when you needed a dictionary and a reasonable knowledge of the alphabet to find a word’s definition?):   Efficient: Achieving maximal productivity with minimum w......
Ask Greg: Jumping in the Snatch, Greg Everett
Ask Greg: Jumping in the Snatch
Greg Everett  |  May 26 2014  |  Ask Greg
Erika Asks: I was debating all day if I should even attempt to ask a question, since I have this lack of self-confidence that comes with other people constantly needing to tell me something. I couldn't believe the article you just posted today, Advice: Sometimes It's Okay. But.... It is regarding exactly that. I Olympic lift at three different gyms. I train specifically for my Olympic lifts at one gym and I never heard this exact criticism. I go to two other gyms to supplement my lifts on my ow......
Feel it First: Technique Corrections, Greg Everett
Feel it First: Technique Corrections
Greg Everett  |  May 12 2014  |  Quick Tips
A point I try to emphasize in all of my seminars is that it’s generally easier and more effective to teach athletes’ bodies what to do than to teach their brains. That is, if you can get the athlete to move the way you want through exercises and lift segments, you’ll make more progress in less time than if you attempt to teach them conceptually what they should be doing. One area where this is very simply illustrated and immediately effective is in abbreviated complexes that......
Stay Connected to the Bar, Greg Everett
Stay Connected to the Bar
Greg Everett  |  May 8 2014  |  Quick Tips
One of the most common problems I see or hear complaints about is the barbell crashing in the clean (and even in the snatch to a lesser extent). There are two very simple ways to help correct this: 1. Meet the bar wherever it is 2. Hold your grip longer First, you need to be wherever you've lifted the bar to meet it. People sometimes become infatuated with the idea of getting down quickly into the rock bottom squat. The ability to do so is great, but not if the bar is higher than that lev......
Abs/Back: What Does it All Mean?, Greg Everett
Abs/Back: What Does it All Mean?
Greg Everett  |  April 10 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I rarely prescribe specific ab work to my lifters. More often I prescribe specific back work, but there are many times when I write something like “abs/back” on a lifter’s program. This is not code for “go home” as my wife always believed when our coach, Mike Burgener, wrote it on her program. It’s an expectation that the athlete knows what he or she should be doing and will take the initiative to do it. Admittedly, this is an expectation that often leads to d......
Olympic Weightlifting Skill Levels Chart, Greg Everett
Olympic Weightlifting Skill Levels Chart
Greg Everett  |  February 26 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I've finally gotten around to posting this a few years after I created it. For years people have been asking me if something like this existed and/or if I would make it. There is a Soviet classification system you can find in Weightlifting Programming: A Winning Coach's Guide and other places, but I've always thought it would be more appropriate to create a classification system based on actual American weightlifting performance and taking into account the particular circumstances of ......
Be a Good Gym Member: Safety, Respect and Taking Care of Equipment, Greg Everett
Be a Good Gym Member: Safety, Respect and Taking Care of Equipment
Greg Everett  |  February 17 2014  |  Editorial
The way you treat the equipment in your gym says a lot about you, not just as an athlete, but as a person. Whether or not you know it, you’re being judged, and if it’s by me, it’s probably harshly. For those of you with good hearts, but not enough experience to know proper facility etiquette yet, here is a handy list of rules to help you take care of the gym you train in, show the people around you that you care, and be safe. Back Away from the Squat Rack If you’re......
Why I Don't Travel More for Seminars, Greg Everett
Why I Don't Travel More for Seminars
Greg Everett  |  February 12 2014  |  Editorial
I’ve been giving my own Olympic weightlifting seminars for seven or eight years now. I started helping my coach, Mike Burgener, at his seminars in 2006, and began providing my own when the demand was made known to me. Initially, I traveled a reasonable amount across the US and did fairly frequent dates. If you haven’t been around more than a couple years, you’ll have to believe me when I say the seminar landscape was very different back then. The only significant (by this I mea......
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