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The 80% - 90% Gap Program, Matt Foreman
The 80% - 90% Gap Program
Matt Foreman  |  September 15 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I know what you want.   Seriously, I do. I’m using my telepathic powers again. I can see inside your noggin.   You want some new training ideas.   Was I right? (you’re all nodding your heads) Yeah, I knew it.   Okay, I’m gonna give you a program you probably haven’t heard of. Maybe you’ll give it a whirl someday, either using it yourself or with the athletes you coach.   I call this the “80-90% Gap” program. Let me expl......
The Ballsiest Lifter in History... and You, Matt Foreman
The Ballsiest Lifter in History... and You
Matt Foreman  |  September 3 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
How many of you have heard of an old Soviet weightlifter named Yuri Zakharevich? Probably not many, I’m guessing. He’s one of the greatest in history, but his prime was in the 80s. So he’s before your time, unless you happen to be a veteran or lifting historian. You newbies have never seen anything like Yuri. He lifted like he was sent here from another galaxy. It’s still almost incomprehensible how good this dude was. On March 4th,1983, he snatched 200 kg (440 l......
Squat Cycles and Other Crap That Doesn't Work, Matt Foreman
Squat Cycles and Other Crap That Doesn't Work
Matt Foreman  |  August 18 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Disclaimer: The subject of this article is something I wrote about in my book Bones of Iron. Sometimes I get ideas to write about things I’ve already covered, but I shy away from them because I say, “This was in my book, and I don’t wanna repeat stuff.” Then I remember that not everybody has read my book (which makes absolutely no sense to me), so I feel okay about hitting some previous material.   This is going to be about squats, squat cycles, and how they......
Fixing Droopy Elbows in the Jerk, Matt Foreman
Fixing Droopy Elbows in the Jerk
Matt Foreman  |  July 28 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Droopy elbows in the jerk…it’s often a HUGE problem with beginners.   Let me describe what it is, although many of you probably already have the visual image in your head because you’ve seen it a lot. A lifter has the bar on his/her shoulders, preparing to jerk. The elbows are in an appropriate position and it all looks pretty stable and solid. During the dip phase, the elbows drop. Sometimes it’s a relatively minor drop, they just kinda sag down a ......
Greasy Food, Joint Pain, Being Obsessive Compulsive, Training Well & Enjoying Life, Matt Foreman
Greasy Food, Joint Pain, Being Obsessive Compulsive, Training Well & Enjoying Life
Matt Foreman  |  July 9 2014  |  Nutrition
Okay, I’ve got some important ideas to share with you, and I just came up with them about two hours ago. So I need to get everything down on paper before I forget it. Make sure you understand something right from the beginning. I have to start this article by talking about myself, but I’m going to transition into talking about YOU. And you want to hear what I’ve got to say, because it might keep you from having workouts that are as wretched and miserable as the one I had t......
When Athletes and Coaches Need to Just Give Up, Matt Foreman
When Athletes and Coaches Need to Just Give Up
Matt Foreman  |  June 23 2014  |  Editorial
When I was in the 8th grade, my guidance counselor pulled me out of class one day and took me to his office to perform an exorcism on me. You think I’m kidding? Nope. Here’s how it all happened… I was a terrible kid when I was in junior high. I was disrespectful, mouthy, rude, and a huge troublemaker. My teachers openly hated me. Most of them actually told me that. How awful was my behavior? Well, my teachers eventually went to the school’s guidance counselor ......
Beating Setbacks and Haters: It's Part of Your Training, Matt Foreman
Beating Setbacks and Haters: It's Part of Your Training
Matt Foreman  |  June 9 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
How many of you know a rap group called Cypress Hill? Some of you probably do, and some of you probably don’t. You might have no idea who I’m talking about, because you’re not a hardcore gangbanger from the hood like me. Most of their songs are about the basic rap topics…smoking dope, shooting people, ho issues, etc. But they’ve got one tune that directly relates to weightlifting. If you’re a lifter, you should know a few things about it because it......
A Masters Weightlifting Program that Worked, Matt Foreman
A Masters Weightlifting Program that Worked
Matt Foreman  |  May 21 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I taught a seminar today on weightlifting programming, focused specifically on loading (how much weight athletes should be lifting in their daily/weekly workouts). Since everybody and their crippled grandmothers are asking about programming these days, I thought I would use a portion of what I taught at the seminar for a blog article. This is a program I designed and used to prepare for one of my own meets in 2008. I’ve included several notes so it’ll make sense, because it&rsqu......
Catching Cleans, Matt Foreman
Catching Cleans
Matt Foreman  |  May 6 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article about how you can improve your snatch technique by concentrating on keeping the bar close to your face when you’re transitioning into the turnover. Want to know a secret about that article? I wrote it over a year ago. I considered posting it several times since then, but I thought it was too simplistic. Basically, I’ve been saying to myself, “People won’t like this one because it’s too basic, nothing special about i......
A Different Thought About Snatch Technique: Keeping the Bar Close, Matt Foreman
A Different Thought About Snatch Technique: Keeping the Bar Close
Matt Foreman  |  April 21 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m taking some risk with this article. I’m gonna give you a technical tip for the snatch. If you do it right, it might fix a lot of your problems. If you do it wrong, you might get hurt. And I don’t want you to get hurt. But as with many things in life, you have to roll the dice sometimes. Many of you put videos of your lifts on the internet, either on this site or somewhere else. You usually do this because you’re looking for some help and advice with your ......
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