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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, director/writer/producer/editor/everything of the documentary American Weightlifting, fifth-place finisher at the USAW National Championships, masters national champion and masters American record holder in the clean & jerk. Follow him on Facebook here and and sign up for his free newsletter here.
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Pulling Position at the Knee: Get It Right
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | February 10 2016 | Comments

Posture and balance in the pulls of the snatch and clean are as important as anything gets in the lifts (every element is the most important). Shins upright and nearly vertical Shoulders directly above to slightly in front of the bar Shoulders should remain in front of or above the bar until the bar is at least at lower thigh, and ideally closer to mid-thigh. The shoulders should never be behind the bar at this point, regardless of proportions or technical style. All that will change ...... Continue reading
Quit Letting Your Shoulders Sag Overhead in the Snatch
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | January 25 2016 | Comments

It's pretty common to see a lifter's shoulders "sag" when they receive a snatch overhead—the elbows are tight and locked, but the bar shifts down and they appear unstable. Technically this is still a legal lift in competition (the shoulders can do anything as long as the elbows remain extended), but the problem with regard to competition is that not all judges are as astute as we are and may mistake shoulder movement for elbow movement. Of course, there’s always the...... Continue reading
Ask Greg: How Do I Get Faster in the Olympic Lifts?
Greg Everett | Ask Greg Everett | January 7 2016 | Comments

Jessica Asks: I've been religiously watching your videos for about a month now and am amazed at the speed at which Aimee gets under the bar!! I’m still a novice at Olympic lifting but have been doing CrossFit here in Miami for over three years. I know she has a huge amount of experience and training but are there any exercises and or techniques that will improve my speed in that area? Greg Says: There two main things to consider when we’re talking about speed in the Olympic...... Continue reading
Ask Greg: Can't Receive the Snatch Low with Heavier Weights
Greg Everett | Ask Greg Everett | December 24 2015 | Comments (7)

Steven Asks: I'm teaching myself the snatch, with your videos and book, and have a technique question. With a stick or empty bar I receive the bar in a decent squat, but as I put weight on the bar, or as I get tired, I receive higher and higher. My lift turns into a power snatch unintentionally. I'm lifting half my bodyweight, and can do overhead squats with the weight, or actually snatch a dumbell as just as heavy. Any advice on correcting this? Thanks. Greg Says: If you can sit int...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Competition Warm-up Room Etiquette
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | December 21 2015 | Comments (1)

While much warm-up room etiquette is no different than in any other area of life, there are a few issues specific to weightlifting, and an apparent need to reiterate even things that may seem obvious.   First and foremost, be polite and respectful. Whether you’re a first time competitor or a veteran, there is no better way to establish a bad reputation that will follow you forever in the sport than by being rude and disrespectful to other lifters, coaches or officials. Showing some ...... Continue reading
Ask Greg: Weightlifting Training Frequency & Volume
Greg Everett | Ask Greg Everett | December 17 2015 | Comments (1)

Mike Asks: Please consider a Newsletter or other forum for discussing the rationale and recovery implications for training multiple days in a row. I know those in the Oly community take it for granted that a 3 or 4 on, 1 off schedule is standard, but to those of us new to the sport it is less obvious why this is so different from any other form of weight training in terms of ability to do this productively over time. As someone who has trained all his life and has competed in powerlifting...... Continue reading
Ask Greg: Moving Faster Under the Bar
Greg Everett | Ask Greg Everett | December 10 2015 | Comments

Becky Asks: I've been Crossfitting for about 2 years, but in the last 5 months I've been trying to improve my Olympic lifts. What are some good exercises to help me get under the bar faster? I have flexibility issues, so my squat isn't perfect, which adds to the problem. But I'm just not fast enough yet. Thanks so much for your help! Greg Says: Your movement under the bar can be slow for a few different reasons, and that will affect what exercises help. If it’s truly the pull under the ...... Continue reading
Push The Bar Back to the Hips… But Not Too Far: Snatch & Clean
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | December 7 2015 | Comments (2)

In the snatch and clean pull from the floor, the bar must move back slightly from its starting point on the platform. This is minimal horizontal movement, but very important to re-establish balance once the barbell and lifter become a single unit following the bar’s separation from the platform. Because the barbell will start over approximately the balls of the feet, and eventually needs to move closer to over the middle of the foot, this backward movement will cover the distance between t...... Continue reading
Positivity for Productivity in Olympic Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | November 23 2015 | Comments (1)

The alternate title for this article is Being Positive without Being Obnoxious, but that doesn’t tie it into weightlifting, and sounds too much like the title of one of those clickbait articles with a list of 10 stupid things you have to link through to load more advertising.   I’ve found that I pretty consistently have a reputation as being cynical and negative in a sense among people who don’t actually know me (I don’t mean to sound surprised, I know exactly why,...... Continue reading
Shoulder Dislocation Rehabilitation for Weightlifting: Part 2
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | November 2 2015 | Comments (11)

I realize that when I wrote the first article in this series I said I’d write every 1-2 weeks and it’s now been about 11 weeks, but in my defense, there wasn’t much to say for at least five of those weeks.   The MRI showed an extensively torn labrum and a tear in the rotator cuff (supraspinatus), but the extent of the latter wasn’t clear. I went in for surgery on September 4th, and once inside the shoulder, the surgeon confirmed the extent of the labral tear and th...... Continue reading
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