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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. ......
Teaching the Olympic Lifts in the CrossFit Group Setting: Part 2, Greg Everett
Teaching the Olympic Lifts in the CrossFit Group Setting: Part 2
Greg Everett  |  September 29 2009  |  General Training
Before we continue on this particular adventure, I want to provide some clarification on a few items from the first part of the article. It has been pointed out to me that some of my remarks offended certain individuals, and because this was not my intention, I’m going to take a moment to apologize for any offense that was taken, and to provide my rationale for those remarks. While I may make jokes of certain things, my opinions on them are never without reason. These reasons are not on......
Teaching the Olympic Lifts in the CrossFit Group Setting, Greg Everett
Teaching the Olympic Lifts in the CrossFit Group Setting
Greg Everett  |  August 30 2009  |  General Training
Sometimes your clients are confused. It’s true. Some want to squat to big padded balls instead of just learning where their asses are and squatting like grown-ups all the way to the bottom. Some want to do low-bar back squats. And some aren’t very interested in learning the snatch and clean & jerk. Fortunately, as a trainer or coach, it’s your responsibility to train your clients according to what they need rather than what they want—if they knew what they needed, the......
Plandomization: CrossFit, Periodization and Planning, Greg Everett
Plandomization: CrossFit, Periodization and Planning
Greg Everett  |  April 29 2009  |  General Training
Periodization has become a bad word in CrossFit Land. My optimistic view on this phenomenon is that it’s due simply to widespread misunderstanding of what exactly periodization is, how variable its implementation can be, and not only its value when used correctly, but its necessity in some form for anyone but the complete beginner. The cynic in me, on the other hand, believes this vehement aversion to periodization of any nature is more a product of frequent bad-mouthing by individuals in ......
Jerk Block Building Tutorial, Greg Everett
Jerk Block Building Tutorial
Greg Everett  |  March 31 2009  |  Equipment
Jerk blocks are a somewhat mythical piece of equipment—their numbers are extremely small and there appears to be a constant search for plans to build them. After two years of Aimee busting my chops to build her some, with the new gym and the corresponding space, I found myself with no further excuses to put it off. The design I ended up with is not really anything new—build multiple blocks that stack on top of each other to allow adjustment of the final height to accommodate diff......
Integrating the Olympic Lifts with CrossFit, Greg Everett
Integrating the Olympic Lifts with CrossFit
Greg Everett  |  March 3 2009  |  General Training
One of the questions I’m asked most frequently is how to integrate Olympic weightlifting with CrossFit training. The lift’s appearance in typical CrossFit programming is often inadequate or unsatisfactory for many athletes. In addition, I’ll be arguing here for learning of the lifts outside standard CrossFit programming until a reasonable level of proficiency is reached. Greg Glassman once (at least) commented that the Olympic lifts are not remarkably complex movements, maki......
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