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Weighted Dips for Football Players, Greg Everett
Weighted Dips for Football Players
Greg Everett  |  October 24 2011  |  Ask Greg
Joe Says: Hey guys I am a new subscriber to your site its awesome! I have a question for you? Our OL coach (High School Football) wants the entire OL/DL to do heavy weighted dips after each workout. I am opposed to this for several reasons. Kids use lousy form on dips! We do Bench Press and Pushups once a week adding 5 reps on the pushups each week.( I feel that’s more than enough tricep work in –season. We Squat and RDL once a week. Clean and Chin-ups once a......
Don't let my patella hit you in the face, Matt Foreman
Don't let my patella hit you in the face
Matt Foreman  |  October 18 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
“Ouch, that looks like it really hurts your knees!”   If you’re a weightlifter, try to make a mental list of how many times you’ve heard somebody say this to you. Irritating, isn’t it? Civilians have always seemed to have this perception that weightlifting is a bone snapping slaughterhouse where it’s just a matter of time before you jump into the bottom position of a clean and your patella will fire out of your body and shoot across the room. I guess it......
I lost my technique, and now I'm upset, Matt Foreman
I lost my technique, and now I'm upset
Matt Foreman  |  October 10 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’ve always thought that one of the most frustrating things about being a weightlifter is that you can lose your technique.   Let me explain what I mean when I say “lose your technique,” although anybody who has been an Olympic lifter for any extended time period already knows exactly what I’m talking about. So…you’re learning the snatch and the clean and jerk, which are probably two of the most difficult skills in any branch of athletics. Yo......
Midnight Shakes for Weight Gain, Greg Everett
Midnight Shakes for Weight Gain
Greg Everett  |  October 7 2011  |  General Training
Anyone who has ever tried to gain a significant amount of weight has tried or at least heard of taking down a protein shake in the middle of the night. Most importantly, this is an opportunity to bump up caloric intake in a 24-hour period without adding more food to what is probably already an inconveniently and uncomfortably large amount. Some will also argue that it helps supply more raw material for tissue repair and growth during the time when most of this recovery is taking place: sleep. ......
The Power Snatch: Uses & Cautions, Greg Everett
The Power Snatch: Uses & Cautions
Greg Everett  |  October 5 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’ve nearly always defined a power snatch (or clean) by a receipt above a parallel squat. This is how I was taught. For the most part, I continue to use this definition because it’s served me fine. However, at times I change my expectations based on what I want achieved. My other definition is no less than a 90-degree angle at the knee. This is a considerably higher receiving position—there is no question at this height of whether or not a lift can be classified as power. You w......
Positive thinking, and other crap like that, Matt Foreman
Positive thinking, and other crap like that
Matt Foreman  |  September 26 2011  |  General Training
Ever have one of those moments that just makes your whole mood sour and pissy? I had one at the 2000 Olympic Trials in New Orleans. I was standing in the warm-up room, watching the best lifters in the country getting ready for battle. It was pretty hardcore being back there, let me tell you. Years earlier, a coach had told me that the intensity in the warm-up room at the Olympic Trials was so thick you could cut it with a knife. He wasn’t kidding, jack. So I should have been feelin......
Sewage Shake, Mike Gray
Sewage Shake
Mike Gray  |  September 18 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I dig the nutritional aspect of the weightlifting game. I really try to get the most out of what I eat and I love to come in just under my weight while trying to hold onto the most amount of muscle I can. Watching what I eat has always been pretty important to me and having to make weight gives me even more reason to really think about what I consume. I have read plenty about post-workout nutrition and I understand its importance so I devised a shake that tries to encompass everything I bel......
High school kids aren't all idiots, Matt Foreman
High school kids aren't all idiots
Matt Foreman  |  September 18 2011  |  General Training
Man...it never ceases to amaze me how I seem to hear some of the smartest, deepest ideas from some of the most unlikely people.  I'm a high school English teacher.  Last week, my students turned in a personal narrative essay I assigned them.  One of the essays I read was from a student who will never, ever be confused with Ernest Hemingway.  Initially, I had this kid pegged as one of those types who will probably spend a lot of time with his han......
Trust and the Art of Competition, Jocelyn Forest
Trust and the Art of Competition
Jocelyn Forest  |  September 16 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
“Uh, odds are they are probably basic white, cotton, underpants. But I sort of think well maybe they're silk panties, maybe it's a thong. Maybe it's something really cool that I don't even know about. You know, and uh, and I started feeling... what? What I thought we were in the trust tree in the nest, were we not?” – Frank Ricard (Will Ferrell) I have a crazy love affair with weightlifting.  I didn’t mean for it to happen, it just sort of did.   It all......
DO NOT WANT, Audra Dunning
DO NOT WANT
Audra Dunning  |  September 12 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
“DO NOT WANT” – three little, but effective words stated to me by Greg one day during practice when I did a clean off the blocks that was so horrendous, even I had to glance at him with a look of terror and somewhat disbelief as I was still completing the lift. For Greg of all people to have absolutely no other feedback or critique other than DO NOT WANT, the message came through pretty damn loud and clear!! Some days, I feel like this statement is the theme of my entire pr......
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