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Greg Everett is the owner of Catalyst Athletics, head coach of the national-medalist Catalyst Athletics weightlifting team, publisher of The Performance Menu, author of the books Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches and Olympic Weightlifting for Sports, and director/writer/producer/editor/everything of the documentary American Weightlifting. Follow him on Facebook here and and sign up for his free newsletter here.
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How to Build a Weightlifting Platform
Greg Everett | Equipment | February 2 2015 | Comments (2)

About 100 years ago, I posted an article about how to build a lifting platform on a slope. It was something I had to do at the time, so I figured I’d post some instructions while I was at it. Now years later, I’ve been asked more times than I can calculate how to build a platform—I’ve written out instructions in emails and website comments so many times I could have written this article a thousand times over.   First of all, platforms are and have been available to...... Continue reading
Podcasts with Greg Everett
Greg Everett | Editorial | January 23 2015 | Comments

I thought I’d try to collect some of the podcast interviews I’ve done for convenience. Now you can keep yourself occupied while driving to work... or at work. I know there are a few missing, as I can’t remember them all and I only have so much patience for google searches. If you know of one, please post the name in the comments.   Weightlifting Academy   Sports Coach Radio   In the Trenches   Rdella Training   Movesmart   Weightlifting...... Continue reading
Top 5 Assistance Exercises for the Clean
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | January 19 2015 | Comments

People seemed to enjoy my Top 5 Assistance Exercises for the Jerk article a few weeks ago, so I’m going to ride that wave as long as I can with another top 5 article, and yes, there will be one for the snatch in the unspecified near future. I’m going to do the clean before the snatch because the snatch gets all the attention on the internet; let’s change the paradigm.   Assistance exercises for the clean and snatch are on average more common and recognizable than those f...... Continue reading
Fixing a Slow Turnover in the Snatch or Clean
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | January 5 2015 | Comments (4)

Your movement under the bar in the snatch or clean can be slow for a few different reasons, and that will affect what exercises help. If it’s truly the pull under the bar that’s slow, it may be a strength issue, a technique issue, or a lack of aggressiveness. The following discusses the snatch specifically, but it applies to the clean as well with the exception of the overhead position.   Let’s worry about strength first. You can think of the third pull in three basic pa...... Continue reading
Top 5 Assistance Exercises for the Jerk
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | December 8 2014 | Comments (5)

It's been mentioned here before, but the amount of attention the jerk is given by the internet weightlifting world with regard to technique is almost non-existent compared to the snatch and clean (Apparently it’s tougher to make up names for things that everyone’s already doing and pass them off as new ideas in the jerk). I didn’t learn how to jerk correctly until I had already spent so long developing bad habits that I’d basically become a lost cause. That doesn’t ...... Continue reading
Missing Snatches Behind: Diagnosis & Correction
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | November 24 2014 | Comments (3)

We’ve all done it—missed a snatch behind and reassured ourselves by saying a miss behind is better than a miss in front. I would agree that in some cases this is true, but definitely not always, and the causes of a miss behind need to be identified and corrected just like any other miss. Following are the most common reasons for misses behind and ways to fix them.     Excessively Wide Grip   One of the simplest reasons for frequent misses behind that is commonly o...... Continue reading
The 1 Kilo Rule: Set Yourself up for Weightlifting Success
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | October 27 2014 | Comments (4)

Weightlifting is a sport in which the rate of progress declines pretty reliably over time. That is, the longer you train, the more slowly you make progress. As you reach the time past the beginning and intermediate stages in which progress is measured in small numbers over large spans of time, having sound programming and strategy is even more important. Part of that is doing everything you can to provide opportunities to measure that progress. There’s an almost irresistible compulsion...... Continue reading
A Simple Guide to Weightlifting Competition Warm-ups
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | October 7 2014 | Comments (1)

One of the most common questions I get through the various media through which I’m connected interminably to the weightlifting world is how to properly warm-up for competition. A lot of people are trying weightlifting competition for the first time and have no coach, and a lot of coaches are finding new athletes who want to try competition, and neither know how exactly it all works in the warm-up room. Understandably, this is a source of a great deal of stress and nervousness. I’m go...... Continue reading
Loose Knees = Loose Jerks
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | September 22 2014 | Comments (2)

Stand up and hang out for a moment. Now consider the muscles around your knees - are they tight and fighting to keep your knee from suddenly bending under the weight of your body? Probably not. We stand on a passive knee lock that doesn't require much muscular work. This is handy, as it would get pretty exhausting to be that active at all times just to stand still. The problem occurs when we try to initiate a jerk from this position. If you begin your jerk dip from this passive knee lock, the...... Continue reading
The Clean and Jerk Rack Positions
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | September 8 2014 | Comments (4)

Weightlifting has quite a few layers—you can learn the snatch and clean & jerk in a few minutes, but you can then spend a lifetime learning how to perform them better. It’s an odd combination of joy and frustration. There are countless minor details that collectively can make dramatic differences in lift performance—the rack positions for the clean and the jerk are perfect examples of this. The following are some of the more important of those details that should improve yo...... Continue reading
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