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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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Positivity for Productivity in Olympic Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | November 23 2015 | Comments

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 (9)

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
Olympic Weightlifting Program Design: The Year Plan
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | September 28 2015 | Comments

Sometimes a year can seem to be an extremely long period of time, and often athletes and coaches will avoid even thinking that far ahead, let alone planning. However, when you consider that a year is only about 4-9 6-12-week training cycles, the time shrinks considerably. Planning a year out does not necessarily need to be (and arguably shouldn't be) in full detail. The purpose of planning on the year scale is primarily to schedule macrocycles according to the competition schedule, and secon...... Continue reading
Leverage & Weightlifting Ability
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | September 14 2015 | Comments

There is a general ability of athletes in lighter weight classes to be capable of lifting more weight relative to bodyweight than their heavier weight class counterparts. This is a simple issue of leverage, although of course many other factors are involved in each athlete to produce the ultimate level of ability; that is, we cannot always state with certainty that all short lifters are stronger than all tall lifters relative to bodyweight. However, shorter limbs do confer a basic advantage for ...... Continue reading
Shoulder Dislocation Rehabilitation for Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | August 24 2015 | Comments (16)

The 2015 National Championships for me seemed doomed from 12 weeks out. First, I sustained a minor tear in my iliacus, meaning I was unable to split and had to switch to power jerks. On top of that, the convergence of several huge work projects and similar issues meant even greater than usual stress and extremely limited and poor sleep for two months, tanking my training. For the 8 weeks leading into nationals, I hadn’t snatched more than 130 in training except for one 135 the last week ou...... Continue reading
Real World Overhead Mobility for Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Mobility & Training Preparation | August 3 2015 | Comments (4)

Matt Foreman wrote a flattering article about one of my lifters, Alyssa Sulay, last week and we received quite a few requests for more information about what exactly Alyssa and I have done to improve her overhead position. I’m going to try to provide a clear outline of what we’ve done in the last nearly four years to take her from barely able to overhead squat 30kg to snatching 83kg.   Keep in mind that her overhead position is not totally fixed; in fact, it’s still by f...... Continue reading
Pre-Workout Foam Rolling for Olympic Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Mobility & Training Preparation | July 6 2015 | Comments

There are things that come and go quickly in training, and there are those that stick around for the long haul. The former are usually the shiny, exciting new tricks that never actually work the way the pusher promised. The latter tends to be simple, unglamorous, boring, utilitarian work that actually produces results. Pre-workout foam rolling fits into this latter category for me.   There is so much back and forth about what works and what doesn’t, why things work or don’t, w...... Continue reading
All Hang Positions Great & Small
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | June 22 2015 | Comments (4)

Hang snatches and cleans are handy variations of the classic lifts, but there are also an extensive number of variations of lifts from the hang, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Following is a list of hang positions used for the snatch and clean with their definitions, purposes, benefits and drawbacks.     Just off the Floor   This would be the hang position used in a floating snatch or clean—basically as close to the floor as you can get the plates without all...... Continue reading
Olympic Weightlifting Program Modification for Injury
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | June 8 2015 | Comments (9)

One of the most common questions we get at Catalyst Athletics is how to modify a program to work around an injury. It can be frustrating, and I’ve seen a lot of people give up on training altogether in response to an injury, but there is nearly always a way to continue training in a way that will allow you to improve something you need to work on while allowing the injury to heal. Depending on the injury, this can require some serious imagination, but it’s not usually that difficult ...... Continue reading
The Press for Weightlifting: How Useful Is It?
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | May 18 2015 | Comments (5)

Since the elimination of the press from weightlifting competition after the 1972 Olympics, its place in the training of weightlifters has become somewhat unclear and certainly a point of contention. The questions are pretty obvious: Is the press still a valuable training exercise for weightlifting in its modern biathlon format? If so, how should it be performed and programmed, and who should be using it (or should avoid it)?   There is a not insignificant portion of the world population w...... Continue reading
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