Browse Articles
Search Articles

Article Categories

Sort by Author

Sort by Date

Showing 186 — 195 of 332
A Letter to Catalyst Athletics (and Everybody Else)
Matt Foreman | Editorial | September 24 2012 | Comments (6)

Do you ever get embarrassed when you think about some of the stupid things you said when you were younger? I think we all probably do. We remember some idiotic comments we made, things we knew we shouldn’t have said out loud, and we wonder how our heads ever got jammed so far up our butts. I cringe sometimes when I think about stuff that came out of my mouth when I was in my twenties. Ov...... Continue reading
Snatch and Clean Extension: Be Patient
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | September 17 2012 | Comments (17)

A big mistake with the snatch and clean is trying to initiate the final explosion too soon. This can create a list of problems, including shifting your balance too far forward, pushing the bar away from your body, preventing a complete extension of the hips, and limiting the speed and height of the bar. Bring the barbell back into your body as it leaves the floor, and continue using the lats to pu...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Competition Anxiety...It Never Goes Away
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | September 10 2012 | Comments (3)

You’re a weightlifter at a national championship. It’s the night before you compete, and you’re alone in your hotel room. These are the thoughts that go through your mind: I wish I had my own room. I would totally get my own room if I had any money. I have to room with four of my teammates, and they all competed already because they’re in the lighter weight classes and t...... Continue reading
Move Your Feet: The Third Pull of the Snatch & Clean
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | September 5 2012 | Comments (6)

Do you find that your feet never quite end up where they need to be when you snatch or clean? For example, they're always too far behind you? Try actively lifting your feet and replacing them flat on the platform, focusing on landing on the whole foot, not the balls of the feet, and directly under the bar. You might be surprised how much it improves your balance and position when receiving the lif...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Program Design: Feelings vs. Planning
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | September 3 2012 | Comments (4)

There are a lot of different ways to train as a weightlifter, but two broad categories can be described by either planning and prescribing all the numbers (e.g. weights, reps, sets) or training by feel, which can mean making decisions on everything from weights to reps to the actual exercises performed on a given day. Personally I like it all—nothing to extremes. I believe strongly t...... Continue reading
Spread the Bar, But Not That Way: Holding the Snatch Overhead
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | August 29 2012 | Comments (2)

A lot of people have been cued to "spread the bar" or "pull the bar apart" when overhead in the snatch. I'm not a big fan of this cue, because in my mind, the effort to pull a bar apart means gripping it tightly. A tight grip on the bar overhead and/or as you're trying to finalize the lockout will slow the elbow extension down and limit how well the elbows can ext end. If y...... Continue reading
Athlete Selection for Weightlifting
Bob Takano | Olympic Weightlifting | August 29 2012 | Comments (7)

One of the topics touched upon by national coach Zygmunt Smalcerz was the selection of candidates for the national weightlifting program in Poland. To many readers this may sound like a novel concept since we don’t practice it in this country, and there is a considerable bias against selection for elite programs in general. In an effort to counter ageism, sexism, racism and any number of o...... Continue reading
Getting Under the Split Jerk Properly
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | August 27 2012 | Comments

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are good at the jerk, and those who are not. For the latter group, there are so many things that can go wrong or be misunderstood that it can be very daunting to correct the movement. One of the big problems is moving into the split posiiton properly. First, it's important to understand that the dip and drive of the jerk, whether split, powe...... Continue reading
Keeping Your Gym Environment Strong
Matt Foreman | Editorial | August 27 2012 | Comments (3)

When you’re a coach, one of your responsibilities is protecting your gym’s mojo. What the heck am I talking about? Let me explain. First, we have to understand what “mojo” is. The mojo in your gym is a collective feeling of teamwork, enthusiasm, positive energy, and work ethic. Some gyms have incredibly strong mojo. You can see it when you’ve trained in one of thes...... Continue reading
Pull Down for a Better Turnover in the Snatch & Clean
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | August 24 2012 | Comments (3)

Having external rotation strength to turn the bar over in the snatch or having quick elbows in the turnover of the clean is great, but you can't have a quick turnover in either lift without accelerating down adequately first. The turnover itself is not and will never be a strong movement. Think of your shoulder pre-hab/re-hab external rotation exercises: how much resistance can you use? Very littl...... Continue reading
Showing 186 — 195 of 332
Get Our Newsletter
Sign up free to get training tips, news, sale notifications and more!

Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches by Greg Everett

Article Categories

Olympic Weightlifting
General Training
Quick Tips
Ask Greg Everett
Mobility & Training Preparation

Sort by Author

Sort by Date

Search Articles

Advertise With Us
Subscribe to the Performance Menu Magazine