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How to keep the PRs Rolling, Mike Gray
How to keep the PRs Rolling
Mike Gray  |  October 28 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Remember your first year or two of Olympic Weightlifting when you were literally hitting PR’s every week? Remember how awesome that felt? I remember guys who would train at the same place I did actually start plotting where they would be a year from where they were at the time and say things like “Well if I keep up at this rate I am snatching 80k now but in a year I should be doing 150K”! There aren’t many things better for a lifter than a new PR. It feels so good and we......
Heaving Snatch Balance: I'm Sorry for Doubting You, Greg Everett
Heaving Snatch Balance: I'm Sorry for Doubting You
Greg Everett  |  October 27 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Until maybe a year ago, I typically wrote off the heaving snatch balance as more of a piece in a teaching progression than a useful exercise. But in the last year, I've started using it more and more with some of my lifters and have decided it's actually one of my favorite exercises. First, for those of you not familiar with the exercise, it's pretty simple: Start with the feet in your squat position and the bar on your back with a snatch grip. Dip at the knees smoothly and heave the bar up ......
Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel, Matt Foreman
Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel
Matt Foreman  |  October 25 2011  |  General Training
MULTI-TASKING!! Everybody knows what this is, right? I’m sure you do, because our society is obsessed with it. We’re all expected to be able to juggle several jobs at the same time, making every one perfect and not showing any fatigue or frazzle. That’s the way of the world nowadays. No wonder you can’t watch TV for more than ten minutes anymore without seeing a commercial for anti-anxiety medication. I think I’m going to officially nam......
Weighted Dips for Football Players, Greg Everett
Weighted Dips for Football Players
Greg Everett  |  October 24 2011  |  Ask Greg Everett
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  |  Nutrition
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......
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