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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......
Stop and Smell the Chalk, Mike Gray
Stop and Smell the Chalk
Mike Gray  |  October 8 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Those of you who are reading this are probably now or have been in your life pretty passionate about Olympic lifting. I want you to stop and think about this chapter in your life; for some it will be quick and for others it might very well be a lifetime. We have all at one time hated and or loved it for myriad reasons. Those days when you feel like absolute crap and getting out of bed is a freaking chore, driving to the gym and you hit every bit of traffic in the city and warming up feels lik......
10 More things New Weightlifters should know, Mike Gray
10 More things New Weightlifters should know
Mike Gray  |  August 22 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
1. More isn’t always better, it’s just more. 2. After a PR, you get 24 hours to enjoy it. Then get your ass back to work. If you are anything like me, sleeping that night will be hard. 3. If you feel great full lifts, if you feel a bit off then do power versions, if you feel really bad do some pulls. What I am saying here is if you feel busted up and can’t quite perform a full lifts then do power movements, if you feel really busted up then do pulls. 4. You should tr......
10 things all new weightlifters should know, Mike Gray
10 things all new weightlifters should know
Mike Gray  |  August 6 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
1. Learn the correct terms. Snatch, Clean and Jerk. Then learn Power Snatch, Power Clean and Power Jerk. Then keep going until you can name every lift on Greg’s video showcase with out notes. 2. Learn kilos. I am at the point where I convert pounds to kilos in my head. It will make training at real gyms easier and meets as well. 3. Find a coach or a group of like-minded lifters. It will make a huge difference in your training. When I started lifting, my kid was pretty young; six year......
Dos and Don'ts of Meet Day, Mike Gray
Dos and Don'ts of Meet Day
Mike Gray  |  July 24 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
These are the do’s and don’ts of what to do and not do on meet day that I have either watched or experienced myself over the years.   1.       Do make weight. Be prepared for this and buy a good scale or get there early enough to check the one they are using. Be polite and don’t cut in front of people who are actually weighing in. Just ask whoever is manning the room for a “courtesy weigh”.   2.    &nbs......
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