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Weightlifting Technique with Evidence: Lifting the Feet in the Snatch & Clean
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | July 22 2013 | Comments (18)

Look at the pictures you see to the right (click to enlarge). Go ahead, look at them for a minute. Pretty cool, huh? Yeah, they’re awesome. You know what’s even more awesome? We’re going to learn a very, very important lesson about weightlifting from them. First, let’s lay down a few facts about what we’re looking at. #1- The pictures were taken at the 20...... Continue reading
Equipment & Supplements: What I Use
Greg Everett | Equipment | July 16 2013 | Comments (27)

A lot of the questions we get at Catalyst Athletics are regarding equipment and personal gear, so I thought it would make sense to lay out all the gear we use here at the gym and what I use personally, from wraps and straps to supplements and barbells.   Equipment   Knee Sleeves I typically use knee sleeves only when cleaning, squatting or jerking heavy. I don’t wear them when ...... Continue reading
Snatches And Love
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | July 8 2013 | Comments (1)

I went to the Catalyst Athletics forum recently and checked it out. Nine of the first eleven topics I saw were directly related to snatching. So it’s the snatch, huh? That’s what many of you are obsessing about these days? Jeez, how surprising. I just can’t believe this lift is causing you frustration and grief. Obvious sarcasm there, because it makes total sense. You&rsqu...... Continue reading
Teasing and Weightlifting ( Not What You Think )
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | June 24 2013 | Comments (5)

When I was in the eighth grade, one of the hottest girls in school used to flirt with me all the time. It didn’t make any sense to me because I was fat, I wore the same Motley Crue t-shirt almost every day, I got bad grades, all the teachers hated me, and I got in trouble for cussing in class a lot. I wasn’t exactly the prize pony of my junior high. But there was this girl… ...... Continue reading
Shut Up, Flexibility
Greg Everett | Mobility & Training Preparation | June 12 2013 | Comments (19)

A couple weeks ago, I sent out a newsletter in which I talked about the secret to flexibility being no secret at all, but simply commitment over time to work and consistency. In other words, there are no magic tricks or secret formulas or fancy gadgets that will suddenly increase your flexibility without any work. I think a lot of people waste inordinate amounts of time reading, watching videos, p...... Continue reading
The Last Two Meets I've Lifted In: Dealing with Imperfect Competition Conditions
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | June 10 2013 | Comments (5)

I’ve lifted in two meets over the last four weeks. Normally I would never compete twice in such a short time span, but I’m getting knee surgery in July and I wanted to have as much fun as possible before I’m out of commission for a while. Both of them went really well, and I lifted the biggest weights I’ve hit since I turned forty. The first one was the IronFest on May 4...... Continue reading
Warm-up Early: Weightlifting Training Mobility & Preparation
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | June 7 2013 | Comments (9)

Not all of us have the luxury of a schedule that allows the following, but you may still be able to pull off something similar. One of the great things about training twice a day is that the second sessions always feels great - at least with regard to being warm and loose. Even hours later, you'll still be "warm" from that first workout. You can get some of that benefit without do...... Continue reading
To Everybody Who's Training For Something: Obstacles & Opportunities
Matt Foreman | Editorial | May 27 2013 | Comments (9)

About a year ago, there was a sad news story here in Arizona. One of the top high school football coaches in the state died from cancer. He was in his forties and the disease took him quickly. I think there were only six or seven months between the time he was diagnosed and when he passed away. You want to know how he discovered the cancer? He had some pain in his elbow. He thought he banged it up...... Continue reading
The Relation of Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Squat Weights
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | May 22 2013 | Comments (16)

How much should I snatch and clean & jerk if I back squat this much? This is a question I get a lot, and there isn't a simple, formulaic answer. Put simply, it depends on your own strengths and weaknesses. I have seen enormous ranges even just in my own gym, let alone outside of it. You will have bigger classic lifts relative to your squat if you are: 1. Explosive 2. Technically profic...... Continue reading
Rookies, Experts & Pimps: Coaching vs Training On Your Own
Matt Foreman | Editorial | May 14 2013 | Comments (13)

Those of you who read Performance Menu (i.e., the cool crowd) got a nice treat a few months ago when we published an interview with Christine Girard, the little Canadian weightlifting tornado who won the Olympic bronze medal in London. She gave us terrific answers to the questions we asked, stuff that provokes some hardcore pondering. One of the things that caught my attention was Christine&rs...... Continue reading
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