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The Push Press: Use Your Legs, Greg Everett
The Push Press: Use Your Legs
Greg Everett  |  November 13 2010  |  Olympic Weightlifting
An exercise I use very frequently both in training and teaching is the push press. The push press has tremendous utility in a multitude of senses and should definitely be a staple of any strength training program. As an intermediary between the press and the jerk, the push press largely splits the difference and shares features of both the press and jerk. Interestingly (at least to me), I see the majority of people thinking of it strictly as an upper body movement, and being more closely rel......
Starting a Weightlifting Team, Greg Everett
Starting a Weightlifting Team
Greg Everett  |  October 30 2010  |  Editorial
This month, I decided to provide a simple guide to starting a weightlifting team. More and more interest is developing in weightlifting competition, and the process can seem mysterious to those who have not yet been exposed to it. This article should help get you started. Administrative Considerations The process may vary a bit depending on where you live, but it will likely be similar to how it works in the US. USA Weightlifting governs the sport in the US under IWF rules and oversees ......
Cutting Bodyweight & Losing Bodyweight for Weightlifting and Other Sports, Greg Everett
Cutting Bodyweight & Losing Bodyweight for Weightlifting and Other Sports
Greg Everett  |  October 29 2010  |  General Training
I said I would follow up on this topic a couple weeks ago, so I'm going to do it today before I forget and someone gets mad at me. I think of the weight dropping issue as two different processes: losing weight and cutting weight. Losing weight is a long term process to permanently or semi-permanent lower your bodyweight. Cutting weight is a short-term process to temporarily reduce bodyweight in order to make weight for competition. Accordingly, the approach for each is different. Losi......
Bodyweight & Weightlifting Competition, Greg Everett
Bodyweight & Weightlifting Competition
Greg Everett  |  October 15 2010  |  Olympic Weightlifting
One of the obvious questions in a sport with bodyweight categories is which category to compete in. This will vary among athletes and sports. The scheduling of weigh-ins is probably the biggest determining factor in how dramatically an athlete can play with his or her weight. In sports with weigh-ins 24 hours before competition, huge amounts of weight can be lost through dehydration to make weight, and then subsequently gained back with no detrimental effects. In the sport of weightlifting, on t......
Sample Weightlifting Flexibility Program, Greg Everett
Sample Weightlifting Flexibility Program
Greg Everett  |  October 1 2010  |  Mobility & Training Preparation
Flexibility is easily the biggest limiter for athletes starting to use the Olympic lifts. Of course, stretching is also the most boring thing you can possibly do. Getting someone flexible is less about what works and what doesn't, and more about what the individual will actually do consistently for the time it takes to get the job done. I've found too that giving suggestions is rarely adequate; people need to be told exactly what do to and be held accountable, or that fancy stretching pro......
The Role of Strength in Weightlifting, Greg Everett
The Role of Strength in Weightlifting
Greg Everett  |  August 1 2010  |  Olympic Weightlifting
While the premise of this article may at first strike readers as odd, considering that weightlifting, despite considerable elements of skill and speed, is very clearly a strength sport, there exist quite a few perspectives regarding the role of strength in the training of weightlifters; or, more accurately, regarding the appropriate degree of emphasis of what might be considered non-specific strength work. The spectrum is represented on one end by Bulgarian-style training, involving little o......
Before You Squat: Physical and Mental Preparation, Greg Everett
Before You Squat: Physical and Mental Preparation
Greg Everett  |  July 30 2010  |  General Training
It struck me the other day while being miserable squatting that for all the talk and writing about how to squat, where to put the bar, how to program squats, there's a lack of talk on what to do before you squat. Maybe that's because I'm the only one who thinks it's worth talking about, but hopefully that's not the case. Step one is to be prepared physically for your squats. This can apply to programming, i.e. don't be trying to do weights, reps, and sets you shouldn't be, but in this cas......
Weightlifting Program Design Case Study, Greg Everett
Weightlifting Program Design Case Study
Greg Everett  |  June 29 2010  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Program design is one of those topics that is overwhelming both to read and write about. Most literature is necessarily nebulous and vague, and individuals interested in learning more often find themselves inundated with a collection of concepts that fail to fit together easily than with a set of practical rules they can implement. So instead of talking about ideas in this article, I want to run through the process of actually designing a real program and discuss the rationale for various de......
Back Training for Weightlifting, Greg Everett
Back Training for Weightlifting
Greg Everett  |  February 27 2010  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Because the classic lifts and common supplemental exercises such as squats and pulls naturally provide a considerable workload for the muscles of the lower and middle back, generally this area will require somewhat less specific training than the anterior and lateral aspects of the torso. For convenience, we can classify core work in terms of body regions, type of muscle activation, and type of movement, and do so in a manner that facilitates effective training. The two broadest categories a......
2009: A Year in Review, Greg Everett
2009: A Year in Review
Greg Everett  |  December 28 2009  |  Editorial
My usual practice of blasting out last-minute articles as I suddenly realize the new issue of the PM is due out shortly has been failing me this month. Despite having a number of articles started and notes for a few more, I’ve been wholly unable to make any progress. So instead I’m going to try something new: a Catalyst Athletics retrospective. Those of you who have been around for a while are well aware that the latter part of 2009 has contained quite a bit of excitement for us. ......
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