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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......
A Masters Weightlifting Program that Worked, Matt Foreman
A Masters Weightlifting Program that Worked
Matt Foreman  |  May 21 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I taught a seminar today on weightlifting programming, focused specifically on loading (how much weight athletes should be lifting in their daily/weekly workouts). Since everybody and their crippled grandmothers are asking about programming these days, I thought I would use a portion of what I taught at the seminar for a blog article. This is a program I designed and used to prepare for one of my own meets in 2008. I’ve included several notes so it’ll make sense, because it&rsqu......
The Team Environment for Olympic Weightlifting, Travis Cooper
The Team Environment for Olympic Weightlifting
Travis Cooper  |  May 19 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A lot of weightlifters do very well training on their own as garage warriors. There is nothing wrong with that, and I commend everyone who digs deep everyday to grind through a workout alone. I have been one of those lifters through certain parts of my career, but in the last four years, I have had a lot of great training partners and team environments that have taken me to the next level. Training with a team is one of the best ways to take your training up a notch or two. The most overlo......
Feel it First: Technique Corrections, Greg Everett
Feel it First: Technique Corrections
Greg Everett  |  May 12 2014  |  Quick Tips
A point I try to emphasize in all of my seminars is that it’s generally easier and more effective to teach athletes’ bodies what to do than to teach their brains. That is, if you can get the athlete to move the way you want through exercises and lift segments, you’ll make more progress in less time than if you attempt to teach them conceptually what they should be doing. One area where this is very simply illustrated and immediately effective is in abbreviated complexes that......
Stay Connected to the Bar, Greg Everett
Stay Connected to the Bar
Greg Everett  |  May 8 2014  |  Quick Tips
One of the most common problems I see or hear complaints about is the barbell crashing in the clean (and even in the snatch to a lesser extent). There are two very simple ways to help correct this: 1. Meet the bar wherever it is 2. Hold your grip longer First, you need to be wherever you've lifted the bar to meet it. People sometimes become infatuated with the idea of getting down quickly into the rock bottom squat. The ability to do so is great, but not if the bar is higher than that lev......
Catching Cleans, Matt Foreman
Catching Cleans
Matt Foreman  |  May 6 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article about how you can improve your snatch technique by concentrating on keeping the bar close to your face when you’re transitioning into the turnover. Want to know a secret about that article? I wrote it over a year ago. I considered posting it several times since then, but I thought it was too simplistic. Basically, I’ve been saying to myself, “People won’t like this one because it’s too basic, nothing special about i......
Mobility for People Who Hate Doing Mobility, Mike Gray
Mobility for People Who Hate Doing Mobility
Mike Gray  |  April 28 2014  |  Mobility & Training Preparation
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 strapping themselves up with rubber bands. The thought of lying on top of what looks likes a $50 sea anemone is something that just doesn’t interest me.   2. NOTHING in this article is ground breaking or anything you couldn&rsqu......
A Different Thought About Snatch Technique: Keeping the Bar Close, Matt Foreman
A Different Thought About Snatch Technique: Keeping the Bar Close
Matt Foreman  |  April 21 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m taking some risk with this article. I’m gonna give you a technical tip for the snatch. If you do it right, it might fix a lot of your problems. If you do it wrong, you might get hurt. And I don’t want you to get hurt. But as with many things in life, you have to roll the dice sometimes. Many of you put videos of your lifts on the internet, either on this site or somewhere else. You usually do this because you’re looking for some help and advice with your ......
Understanding Sleep for Optimal Recovery & Productivity, Travis Cooper
Understanding Sleep for Optimal Recovery & Productivity
Travis Cooper  |  April 14 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Sleep is the most important part of recovery when it comes to illness, depression, stress and especially training. In regards to weightlifting, without quality sleep, weightlifters cannot properly recover and reach their full potential. There seems to be a lot of misconceptions about sleep and sleep cycles, so hopefully this article will clarify a few things so you will be able to get the most out of your sleep, which will result in optimal training. As seen in the included graph, there are......
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