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Taking an Honest Look, Mike Gray
Taking an Honest Look
Mike Gray  |  August 27 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I recently competed in a local meet and had a shit showing. It wasn’t from a lack of training or effort; in fact I had a great few months leading up to it. It was just a shitty performance and I honestly had never been that embarrassed or pissed walking out of a meet as I had that night. I was back in the gym the next day because it’s what I do and I honestly couldn’t imagine sitting around my house thinking about it for another second. So fast forward a couple of weeks and ......
Why Are You Here?, Mike Gray
Why Are You Here?
Mike Gray  |  June 2 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I repack my gym bag every day before I leave to go train. I take out the empty water bottles and replace them with new ones, throw out the balls of pre-wrap and tape, and make sure I have my Jolt gum, clean towel, and two pairs of socks. I do this because I liked to be prepared for what I am going to do and I'm like this with everything I do. Nobody has to tell me to do this this; it’s just a habit, and like many habits, some are great and some are bad. My love of birthday cake ice cream f......
Mobility for People Who Hate Doing Mobility, Mike Gray
Mobility for People Who Hate Doing Mobility
Mike Gray  |  April 28 2014  |  Mobility & Training Preparation
Let me start this pile of words off with two things...   1. I hate mobility work. When I get to the gym, I want to lift, not roll around on a bunch of over priced dog toys for 30 minutes. I don’t read books about it or pore over videos of people strapping themselves up with rubber bands. The thought of lying on top of what looks likes a $50 sea anemone is something that just doesn’t interest me.   2. NOTHING in this article is ground breaking or anything you couldn&rsqu......
HOAs, Bringing Something to the Table & Just Being Flat-out Lucky, Mike Gray
HOAs, Bringing Something to the Table & Just Being Flat-out Lucky
Mike Gray  |  April 2 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
In August of last year my beautiful wife and I bought a brand new 3-story loft that had an attached 2-car garage with ceilings just barely high enough for me to lift in. I was so excited, as I had basically been raised in garage gyms since I started Olympic lifting at Coach Burgener’s years ago. I was finally going to be able to take all my weights out of my buddy’s garage and set up shop once again and lift in the sanctuary of my own place. So I went to work and got everything I nee......
You Just Had a Crap Training Session. What Now?, Mike Gray
You Just Had a Crap Training Session. What Now?
Mike Gray  |  February 10 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Let me paint you a picture and tell me if it sounds familiar: You’ve spent the last few reps looking at the bar making sure you actually put the right weight on because you are really hoping that you have misloaded or that you somehow did the math wrong and that the load is actually supposed to be 10kg lighter. You’re trying to figure out what exactly is going on, because you just started missing lifts and the bar feels like it has been welded to the platform all day. Speed? You can ......
Are You a Good Teammate?, Mike Gray
Are You a Good Teammate?
Mike Gray  |  December 2 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m going to preface this with the following: I am at most a journeyman weightlifter. I started years ago and I have competed regularly since then; I have done well in some meets and others I have not. You will never see me write about technique because I leave that to guys like Greg Everett and Matt Foreman who know what they are talking about, and more importantly can help people understand it. I’m just a guy who loves the sport and loves to be around others that do. I have been in......
I Wish..., Mike Gray
I Wish...
Mike Gray  |  September 26 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I wish I liked the clean and jerk as much I like the snatch. I wish I liked to work as much I love going to the gym to lift. I wish I liked mobility work. I wish I had bought 100 pairs of the Adidas 2008 AdiStar shoes because apparently every dude between the ages of 15 and 50 think those will make him become Klokov according to the prices they are going for on Ebay I wish my knee’s would feel like they do in 7mm Rehbands and heavy dose of Sombra, all the time. I wish my qua......
Your Tribe, Mike Gray
Your Tribe
Mike Gray  |  August 8 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Tribe defined by Merriam Webster: A group of persons having a common character, occupation, or interest. I remember vividly my first few months of weightlifting. I have lifted weights in some style since high school, but had never dabbled in Olympic lifting. On a deployment one of the guys I would lift with told me I should give it a try so I got home, bought some bumpers and quickly realized that teaching myself wasn’t going to work. Fortunately for me, I lived about 20 minutes from Co......
Simple Keys for Weightlifting Success, Mike Gray
Simple Keys for Weightlifting Success
Mike Gray  |  April 11 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I have noticed over the years that people really try to make this sport much more difficult than it is. Now, don’t get me wrong, this sport by itself is a pain in the ass; however, people then try and complicate it even more by adding things to it. So to help you out, I am going to list some questions then give you the best answer that I can come up with to save you possibly years of frustrations. What kind of bar should I get? How much room do you have left on your credit card? ......
The Back-Off Week, Mike Gray
The Back-Off Week
Mike Gray  |  February 18 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Also known as the de-load week, the back-off week is by far my least favorite week during a training cycle. Coincidentally, as I write this I am wrapping up one right now. If you would have asked me last week at this time I would have told you I couldn’t wait for the damn thing to start, but that was last week and I felt like hell because I thought my body was used as a human pry-bar for the last 3 weeks. The back-off week is a funny little animal in that you know you need it, yet it ca......
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