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Trouble with the Hook Grip, Greg Everett
Trouble with the Hook Grip
Greg Everett  |  October 30 2011  |  Ask Greg
Andy Asks: I have just purchased and am reading through your book now. Its is a great teaching tool. Thanks for it! I was curious about the hook grip you teach. I think i understand the technique, however it not really working out. The strength of the grip for me is very weak. I have been using it a month and just have trouble keeping that grip. Do I just need to give it more time? I have pretty stubby fingers. Is it just not optimal for everyone? I'm like 5'9- 5'10 (depends on who's asking). 8......
Heaving Snatch Balance: I'm Sorry for Doubting You, Greg Everett
Heaving Snatch Balance: I'm Sorry for Doubting You
Greg Everett  |  October 27 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Until maybe a year ago, I typically wrote off the heaving snatch balance as more of a piece in a teaching progression than a useful exercise. But in the last year, I've started using it more and more with some of my lifters and have decided it's actually one of my favorite exercises. First, for those of you not familiar with the exercise, it's pretty simple: Start with the feet in your squat position and the bar on your back with a snatch grip. Dip at the knees smoothly and heave the bar up ......
Weighted Dips for Football Players, Greg Everett
Weighted Dips for Football Players
Greg Everett  |  October 24 2011  |  Ask Greg
Joe Says: Hey guys I am a new subscriber to your site its awesome! I have a question for you? Our OL coach (High School Football) wants the entire OL/DL to do heavy weighted dips after each workout. I am opposed to this for several reasons. Kids use lousy form on dips! We do Bench Press and Pushups once a week adding 5 reps on the pushups each week.( I feel that’s more than enough tricep work in –season. We Squat and RDL once a week. Clean and Chin-ups once a......
Midnight Shakes for Weight Gain, Greg Everett
Midnight Shakes for Weight Gain
Greg Everett  |  October 7 2011  |  General Training
Anyone who has ever tried to gain a significant amount of weight has tried or at least heard of taking down a protein shake in the middle of the night. Most importantly, this is an opportunity to bump up caloric intake in a 24-hour period without adding more food to what is probably already an inconveniently and uncomfortably large amount. Some will also argue that it helps supply more raw material for tissue repair and growth during the time when most of this recovery is taking place: sleep. ......
The Power Snatch: Uses & Cautions, Greg Everett
The Power Snatch: Uses & Cautions
Greg Everett  |  October 5 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’ve nearly always defined a power snatch (or clean) by a receipt above a parallel squat. This is how I was taught. For the most part, I continue to use this definition because it’s served me fine. However, at times I change my expectations based on what I want achieved. My other definition is no less than a 90-degree angle at the knee. This is a considerably higher receiving position—there is no question at this height of whether or not a lift can be classified as power. You w......
Hips, Meet Bar: The Extension of the Snatch and Clean, Greg Everett
Hips, Meet Bar: The Extension of the Snatch and Clean
Greg Everett  |  September 9 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Some topics seem to generate more heat that others, and for some reason, the question of how a barbell should come into contact with the body during the snatch and clean seems to get some people extraordinarily wound up. I personally don’t lose any sleep over how anyone else lifts or teaches the lifts. I may agree or disagree, but I don’t let it upset me too much. The following will undoubtedly further upset the same people who are already upset. In my humble opinion, there is mor......
Hook Grip or Not Overhead in the Snatch, Greg Everett
Hook Grip or Not Overhead in the Snatch
Greg Everett  |  August 20 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A common question is whether or not a lifter should keep the hook grip overhead in the snatch. This is one of those issues that doesn't have a simple answer: what works best can vary among lifters. Personally I prefer the hook grip to be released and this is what I try to teach all new lifters so they learn early on how to do it properly. The main issue while holding a barbell overhead is stability: obviously the athlete needs to be able to support the weight. The hand and wrist need to be ab......
Improving the Clean through a Better Turnover, Greg Everett
Improving the Clean through a Better Turnover
Greg Everett  |  August 12 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A lot more attention tends to be paid to the third pull or turnover of the snatch than the clean, likely because the consequences of poor execution tend to be more dramatic and obvious, but the turnover of the clean deserves its own share of attention. The timing and precision of the turnover in the clean can be the difference between a make and a miss, or can prevent the recovery from being so taxing that a subsequent jerk fails. An idea I commonly talk about with my lifters is attempting to......
The Jerk for Sports, Greg Everett
The Jerk for Sports
Greg Everett  |  August 5 2011  |  General Training
Mike Asks: In most sports full extension and the "follow through" are important - you drive through your legs, hips, torso, shoulders, and arms with a "follow through" after making contact with the ball, or the jaw. In doing the jerk you pull away from, or drop under, the bar as it is driven upward, so the maximum effort comes before the full extension - I can think of no other sports in which this happens. Wouldn''t then the "push press" where the drive cont......
The Bench Press: Benefits and Risks, Greg Everett
The Bench Press: Benefits and Risks
Greg Everett  |  July 27 2011  |  General Training
After curls, the bench press might be the most vilified lift among functional training enthusiasts and some in the weightlifting community. First, I like curls and I couldn’t care less about people doing them, whether for reasons of performance (yes, there are legitimate performance reasons for curls) or aesthetics, as long as in the latter situation it doesn’t interfere in any way with performance goals, assuming they exist (this is tough to do, but there are definitely cases of hug......
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