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Do We Need the Magic Front Squat to Back Squat Ratio?
Sergey Bondarenko | Olympic Weightlifting | February 1 2016 | Comments (1)

A big chunk of the questions that I am asked are about squats. Many people are in search of the ideal squat routine and an ideal ratio of front to back squats. While I do think that most of these questions come from not understanding the basic concepts of programming, I find such an interest for the squats a positive trend. At least athletes do understand that proper squatting may play a crucial r...... 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 you are actively doing something about it, that number is probably significantly lower than the group whose plan is just to keep training and hope it will go away and or get better with time. I am that guy. I will push...... 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...... Continue reading
Interview: James Tatum
Matt Foreman | Interviews | January 20 2016 | Comments

“That guy with the beard looks pretty good.” That’s what I said the first time I saw James Tatum compete. It was at the 2012 American Open in Palm Springs, I believe. This was the time period when the Great USAW CrossFit Population Explosion, as it will be known in the history books, started to kick into overdrive. I saw a bald guy with a wicked beard competing in the 77 kg class...... Continue reading
When Weightlifting Goes From PR City to Daily Grind… And How To Survive It
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | January 18 2016 | Comments

Some of you are married, right? Some of you aren’t married, but you’re in a relationship, right? Some of you aren’t in a relationship, but you’ve been in one before, right?   I’m asking these questions because it’ll help you understand this article if you’ve at least had some experience in a somewhat long-term relationship with somebody. If you&rsqu...... Continue reading
Overplaying Your Opponent: Tactics in Olympic Weightlifting Competition
Sergey Bondarenko | Olympic Weightlifting | January 11 2016 | Comments

When you stand on the platform in front of the bar in the dead silence greedily breathing to fill your lungs with air full of shrinking tension and competition spirit, there is no place for thoughts and decisions. You have done all you can during the preparation to get your best form and now you have a chance to show it and either to gain the glory athletes are searching for or return to your gym ...... 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? ...... Continue reading
Interview: Carissa Gordon Gump
Matt Foreman | Interviews | January 6 2016 | Comments

We all love those touching stories about athletes who start at the bottom and then go all the way to the top, right? You know the ones I’m talking about. A young kid wanders into a gym one day and learns about a sport. Then years go by as the kid trains hard, competes, and moves up the ladder towards the big time (emotional motivation music playing in the background). One day, the kid finall...... Continue reading
Why American Weightlifting Coaches Are As Good As Anybody
Matt Foreman | Editorial | January 4 2016 | Comments (3)

I’ll openly admit right from the beginning that I’m not sure if this article is going to strike a chord with all of you. I hope it will, because it’s an important subject and I’ve definitely got some things to say about it. But I’m not sure where it’ll catch on regarding you and your lifting. Let’s take a shot at it and see how it goes.    ...... Continue reading
The Top 4 Problems With Your Weightlifting Program
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | December 28 2015 | Comments (2)

“Which training program should I be following?”   “Can you take a look at my program and tell me if it looks okay?”   “How many times a week should I be squatting?”   “What’s the perfect number of days per week for my program?”   I hear these questions…a lot. There are thousands and thousands of weightlifters ...... Continue reading
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