Articles by Mike Gray



Mike Gray is a weightlifter for Team Catalyst Athletics and a coach at Catalyst Athletics affiliate gym, Outlier Barbell.
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Why You Should Compete in Weightlifting
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | March 31 2016 | Comments (5)

A few weeks ago Matt Foreman and I were teaching a weightlifting seminar geared toward masters and at the end we had a little Q & A so people could ask Matt about his super secret diet tricks and why I hate the use of NSAIDs (This is complete sarcasm). How... Continue reading
That Fine Line between Being Tough and Being Stupid
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | January 27 2016 | Comments (1)

If I were to take a poll of all the weightlifters out there and ask how many of you are hurt right now, I bet it would be a decent number. Now if I ask the same group how many of y... Continue reading
Your Rest Day: Don’t Waste It
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | October 5 2015 | Comments (5)

Weightlifters look forward to their rest days like a child looks forward to Christmas: You have such high expectations for it, but more often than not, it gets wasted and ends up having detrimental effects on your training instead of positive.   Tell me... Continue reading
Why Your Lifts Just Aren’t Getting Better… And What to Do About It
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | April 14 2015 | Comments (4)

Let me try and put together a little scenario for you and tell me how close it is to what you’re going through right now. You’ve been lifting for about 18 months to a f... Continue reading
Nine Years Later: What I Did Right & What I Did Wrong
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | February 11 2015 | Comments

I met Mike at Mike Burgener’s gym some time in early 2007 when he returned from a deployment as a corpsman in Iraq. What he had going for him right from day one was ambition,... Continue reading
Improve Your Weightlifting With Snacks: Competition in the Gym
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | January 22 2015 | Comments

If that isn’t an attention grabbing title then I don’t know how else to do it. I’m going to give you the back story, the game, the rules and why it will help you ... Continue reading
I'm Gonna Have Me Some Fun... The Predator Cycle
Mike Gray | General Training | October 13 2014 | Comments (15)

I need to explain the title of this first before I get started. In 1987, I had just finished my freshman year of high school and I went and saw Predator in the theater. This was du... Continue reading
Taking an Honest Look
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | August 27 2014 | Comments (3)

I recently competed in a local meet and had a shit showing. It wasn’t from a lack of training or effort; in fact I had a great few months leading up to it. It was just a shitty performance and I honestly had never been that embarrassed or pissed walking ... Continue reading
Why Are You Here?
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | June 2 2014 | Comments (3)

I repack my gym bag every day before I leave to go train. I take out the empty water bottles and replace them with new ones, throw out the balls of pre-wrap and tape, and make sure I have my Jolt gum, clean towel, and two pairs of socks. I do this because I li... Continue reading
Mobility for People Who Hate Doing Mobility
Mike Gray | Mobility & Training Preparation | April 28 2014 | Comments (6)

Let me start this pile of words off with two things... 1. I hate mobility work. When I get to the gym, I want to lift, not roll around on a bunch of over priced dog toys for 30 minutes. I don’t read books about it or pore over videos of people strapp... Continue reading
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