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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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Top 5 Assistance Exercises for the Jerk
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | December 8 2014 | Comments (4)

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 Success
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | October 27 2014 | Comments (3)

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 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
Team Programs versus Individual Programs
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | August 25 2014 | Comments (1)

With the explosion of interest in weightlifting, there is a parallel increase in new weightlifting clubs. We get a lot of emails asking about every aspect of running a weightlifting club, and one of the most common questions is what the best way to program for a weightlifting team is: to write a single program for the team, or to write individual programs for each lifter. This is a tricky question—there isn’t a right or wrong way, and what makes sense will vary with the circumstances...... Continue reading
Reponse to the new USA Weightlifting National Meet Qualification Procedure
Greg Everett | Editorial | August 15 2014 | Comments (10)

For the most part, the reaction among weightlifters to the new USAW national meet qualification procedures has been positive, but there has been a surprising (to me, at least) amount of objection. I want to just address a few examples of these objections directly rather than trying to compose something entirely. The following chunks in quotations were pulled off of various FB posts. Below each one is my response. 1. "What other sport is worried about their events becoming too ...... Continue reading
Are You an Athlete or an Exerciser?
Greg Everett | General Training | August 11 2014 | Comments (4)

Before you even say it, no, the title isn’t a jab at CrossFitters. This has nothing to do with what sport or activity you choose to pursue, only how you pursue it. It could be CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting or golf.   With the proliferation of information and exposure to different training methodologies on the internet that we’ve seen in the last couple years in particular, the lines between athletes and exercisers is often blurred or forgotten (or not even understood to exis...... Continue reading
Stair Blocks: You Don't Need Them, but Here's How
Greg Everett | Equipment | July 30 2014 | Comments

There are a few pieces of equipment that you need in weightlifting. For example, a barbell and weights, a platform and a squat rack. That’s about it. Everything after that is a luxury. This isn’t to say that other things aren’t valuable—for example, blocks, jerk tables, risers, power rack… We have all of these things at Catalyst Athletics and get a lot of use out of them   Stair blocks are definitely a cool but unnecessary piece of gear. If you have space, t...... Continue reading
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