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2014 National Championships Recap, Greg Everett
2014 National Championships Recap
Greg Everett  |  July 22 2014  |  Editorial
This past weekend, Catalyst Athletics took 10 lifters to the National Championships in Salt Lake City. It was a long weekend, but it was a well-run meet in a great venue. Jes Liao (48 kg) and Blake Barnes (69 kg) were our first lifters on Friday. Both lifters have had a rough past couple months with training. Jes in the last couple months has slept at home only a handful of nights and only trained at Catalyst two days each week at the most because her job has had her out of town for a clien......
Competition Preparation: Don't Forget the Details, Greg Everett
Competition Preparation: Don't Forget the Details
Greg Everett  |  July 14 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
As the National Championships approach, I figured a competition preparation article was in order. We’ve published a few articles on the subject before, so I want to focus on some details that often go overlooked.   Weightlifting competition is about as stressful as it gets due to the circumstances—you’ve spent months and years training for a grand total of six lifts that matter. There are countless factors that contribute to your performance, and many are beyond your con......
Greasy Food, Joint Pain, Being Obsessive Compulsive, Training Well & Enjoying Life, Matt Foreman
Greasy Food, Joint Pain, Being Obsessive Compulsive, Training Well & Enjoying Life
Matt Foreman  |  July 9 2014  |  Nutrition
Okay, I’ve got some important ideas to share with you, and I just came up with them about two hours ago. So I need to get everything down on paper before I forget it. Make sure you understand something right from the beginning. I have to start this article by talking about myself, but I’m going to transition into talking about YOU. And you want to hear what I’ve got to say, because it might keep you from having workouts that are as wretched and miserable as the one I had t......
The Importance of Celebrating your Success, Travis Cooper
The Importance of Celebrating your Success
Travis Cooper  |  July 7 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
In weightlifting athletes come and go. Some people love the sport for a short period of time and progress very quickly, only to get tired of the sport and quit before they reach their true potential. I have seen a ton of weightlifters with more talent than me quit because they weren't "progressing" fast enough. One thing that is important when learning any skill is to celebrate your successes. Recognizing your progress keeps you interested. Progress in weightlifting may come i......
Should I Give Up on the Split Jerk?, Greg Everett
Should I Give Up on the Split Jerk?
Greg Everett  |  June 30 2014  |  Ask Greg
Jessica Asks: As a novice female lifter I have issues with my split jerk drive. I start fine with the dip but always go forward on the drive no matter how hard I fight it. It's less so when I power jerk but I'm not sure whether I should try to switch completely or not given the fact that I just can't move the same weight. Now I'll be the first to admit I need to get stronger and that does play a part here but I often wonder if the split jerk is the most effective/efficient way for me to go. Here......
When Athletes and Coaches Need to Just Give Up, Matt Foreman
When Athletes and Coaches Need to Just Give Up
Matt Foreman  |  June 23 2014  |  Editorial
When I was in the 8th grade, my guidance counselor pulled me out of class one day and took me to his office to perform an exorcism on me. You think I’m kidding? Nope. Here’s how it all happened… I was a terrible kid when I was in junior high. I was disrespectful, mouthy, rude, and a huge troublemaker. My teachers openly hated me. Most of them actually told me that. How awful was my behavior? Well, my teachers eventually went to the school’s guidance counselor ......
Efficiency, Bar Paths, New Techniques & Other Things I Hate, Greg Everett
Efficiency, Bar Paths, New Techniques & Other Things I Hate
Greg Everett  |  June 19 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m not sure why this issue is on my mind today, but I’m bothered every time I hear the word efficiency used in reference to improving weightlifting technique.   Let’s just start with definitions of two words courtesy of the only source of information remaining on the planet (remember the olden days when you needed a dictionary and a reasonable knowledge of the alphabet to find a word’s definition?):   Efficient: Achieving maximal productivity with minimum w......
Beating Setbacks and Haters: It's Part of Your Training, Matt Foreman
Beating Setbacks and Haters: It's Part of Your Training
Matt Foreman  |  June 9 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
How many of you know a rap group called Cypress Hill? Some of you probably do, and some of you probably don’t. You might have no idea who I’m talking about, because you’re not a hardcore gangbanger from the hood like me. Most of their songs are about the basic rap topics…smoking dope, shooting people, ho issues, etc. But they’ve got one tune that directly relates to weightlifting. If you’re a lifter, you should know a few things about it because it......
Why Are You Here?, Mike Gray
Why Are You Here?
Mike Gray  |  June 2 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
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 liked to be prepared for what I am going to do and I'm like this with everything I do. Nobody has to tell me to do this this; it’s just a habit, and like many habits, some are great and some are bad. My love of birthday cake ice cream f......
Ask Greg: Jumping in the Snatch, Greg Everett
Ask Greg: Jumping in the Snatch
Greg Everett  |  May 26 2014  |  Ask Greg
Erika Asks: I was debating all day if I should even attempt to ask a question, since I have this lack of self-confidence that comes with other people constantly needing to tell me something. I couldn't believe the article you just posted today, Advice: Sometimes It's Okay. But.... It is regarding exactly that. I Olympic lift at three different gyms. I train specifically for my Olympic lifts at one gym and I never heard this exact criticism. I go to two other gyms to supplement my lifts on my ow......
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