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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......
Overhead Stability in the Snatch, Greg Everett
Overhead Stability in the Snatch
Greg Everett  |  June 17 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
When an athlete has difficulty supporting the bar overhead in the snatch, it's natural to immediately assume there is insufficient strength and to address the problem with strength work. While this may often be the problem, or at least one part of it, there are other elements to consider that may be preventing the athlete from properly using what may be adequate strength. In some cases, these problems can be corrected very quickly and save everyone a lot of headaches. When it comes to s......
Sample Masters Weightlifting Training Program, Greg Everett
Sample Masters Weightlifting Training Program
Greg Everett  |  June 3 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
The following is a training cycle I wrote to prepare one of our masters lifters for the NorCal Open. He recently began training at Catalyst, and this is the first program I’ve written for him after helping him modify the program he used to prepare for Masters Nationals. He made PRs across the board at the meet. This is a fairly general program, although there is some work specific to his technical needs, which can be used as-is or altered to suit someone else. Week 1 Monday Snatc......
Modifying Weightlifting Training Programs, Greg Everett
Modifying Weightlifting Training Programs
Greg Everett  |  May 31 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
One of the most common type of emails I get involve questions regarding how to modify the Catalyst daily workouts or other programs to be fewer days/week. This can be for a number of reasons, most commonly because people are able to train only a certain number of days each week due to scheduling conflicts, are trying to do other training along with weightlifting, or feel they will be unable to recover from five or six days of training per week. Obviously these different reasons for modificat......
Mensticular Fortitude: Dedication and Focus for Athletes, Greg Everett
Mensticular Fortitude: Dedication and Focus for Athletes
Greg Everett  |  May 13 2011  |  Editorial
Weightlifting is a very mental sport and success can be dependent on focus and attitude to remarkable degrees. Mental and testicular (or ovarian, if you prefer) fortitude is imperative not only for a given lift, but for a training session, a week, a cycle or a career. The long term fortitude is usually thought of more as discipline. For example, the discipline to eat when, what and how much is necessary, the discipline to sleep adequately, the discipline to deny yourself activities or other ......
Strength Lifts and Classic Lifts for Weightlifting, Greg Everett
Strength Lifts and Classic Lifts for Weightlifting
Greg Everett  |  May 7 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
This discussion will not die, so I will poke at it a bit more. US weightlifters need to get stronger. This is the refrain repeated endlessly from many outside the weightlifting community. From inside the community, the response is essentially a unanimous agreement in principle - of course in a strength sport athletes need to get stronger. Where the argument really exists is with regard to what exactly that means and how to achieve it. First, weightlifters compete in the snatch and clean &......
Proper Foot Position in the Squat, Greg Everett
Proper Foot Position in the Squat
Greg Everett  |  May 3 2011  |  General Training
There is some current discussion on foot position in the squat following a post by Kelly Starrett, and I’ve been asked to comment. This article is not intended to criticize him or anyone else, nor is it intended to stand as irrefutable fact. Its purpose is to quickly organize my thoughts on the topic and answer the requests for my input; I'm sure I've left out a number of things I want to say. Use the available information to make your own decisions on training and coaching. Arguments......
Weightlifting Technique Drills & Training Lifts, Greg Everett
Weightlifting Technique Drills & Training Lifts
Greg Everett  |  April 29 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
There seems to be a bit of discussion on technique training and strength training for weightlifters, and it's made me think of a couple points I want to clarify. First, how do you define a technique drill or a training exercise? In my opinion, the difference is based on the purpose, and a symptom is usually different loading and volume. We should also understand the difference between these two things and a learning/teaching drill. A learning drill is an exercise intended to teach someone a ......
Everett Volume Squat Cycle, Greg Everett
Everett Volume Squat Cycle
Greg Everett  |  March 18 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
One of the requests that came in numerous times during our reader survey was to see actual training programs for individuals. I have posted sample weeks a couple times before, and I believe one entire program, but never in complete detail. I'm reluctant to post the programs I write for my better lifters simply because I like playing that kind of stuff close to the chest. I may get over that eventually, but for now, I'm going to post my own current training cycle week by week and try to give s......
Correcting Jerk Weaknesses, Greg Everett
Correcting Jerk Weaknesses
Greg Everett  |  March 11 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Gerasimos Asks: Hello i want to ask a question about jerk training. When a lifter has a weak jerk (strength or technique) is better to perform jerk and assistance exercises in front or behind the head? There are a huge number of possible causes for problems with the jerk. Since this question explicitly asks about both strength and technique, yet doesn't describe any specific issue, I'll try to cover both topics in a general sense without being so vague it's useless. Eventually I'll try......
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