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Weightlifting Programming: Lots of Variety? Or Just Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Squat?
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | April 15 2013 | Comments (8)

Ooohhh, this is a good question. Weightlifters and coaches have been debating it for a long time. Let me give you a little more explanation so you know what we’re talking about. You’ve probably already figured out that there are many different training programs and methods out there. Not all lifters train the same. Hell, not all world champions train the same. A lifter from China w...... Continue reading
Simple Keys for Weightlifting Success
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | April 11 2013 | Comments (8)

I have noticed over the years that people really try to make this sport much more difficult than it is. Now, don’t get me wrong, this sport by itself is a pain in the ass; however, people then try and complicate it even more by adding things to it. So to help you out, I am going to list some questions then give you the best answer that I can come up with to save you possibly years of frus...... Continue reading
This Is The Last Thing I'll Ever Write
Matt Foreman | Editorial | April 1 2013 | Comments (18)

This is going to be the last thing I write for Catalyst Athletics. It’s actually going to be the end of my whole journey in the iron sports. I didn’t think I was ever going to say this, but it’s time to finally get it over with. I’m giving up weightlifting, and everything involved with it. Training, competing, coaching, all the work and the sweat and the pain…scre...... Continue reading
Spasm! Dang it! Differentiating between Pain & Injuries in Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | March 25 2013 | Comments (11)

We’re all such a bunch of little go-getters, aren’t we? We love to train hard. One of the big pleasures in our lives is going to the gym and working our asses off until we’re drained, sore, and completely shot. We want to feel like we made ourselves better, conquered obstacles, or whatever. Everybody who reads this blog knows what I’m talking about, so I don’t need...... Continue reading
What the #@%! just happened? Reasons for Poor Performances in Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | March 12 2013 | Comments (2)

Let me tell you about a little conversation I had recently. This is an exchange between me and one of the gals I coach after she attempted a heavy snatch and missed it. Me: “Okay, do you know what you did wrong on that one?” Her: “Yeah.” Me: “What did you do?” Her: “I f-----d up.” I love people. They’re my favorite. We all k...... Continue reading
Missing Lifts in Weightlifting Training
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | March 11 2013 | Comments (2)

What percentage of your lifts in training are misses? If you know an actual number, you're spending too much time on the math and not enough on the lifting, but if it's a big chunk, you're probably aware of it. I've talked a lot about practice and how important it is to practice lifting the way you want to lift even on the seemingly inconsequential sets or accessory lifts because that will be the ...... Continue reading
Train Like A Champion: Technique, Habits and Positivity in Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | February 25 2013 | Comments (7)

Possibly the biggest mistake I see people making with regard to technique training is simply not investing enough time into the training itself. With the easy and usually free access to an abundance of information about weightlifting technique now, it’s easy to spend hours and hours searching, reading and asking about technique, technique training, exercises, corrective drills and then whate...... Continue reading
Some Words From The Olympic Weightlifting Champions
Matt Foreman | Editorial | February 25 2013 | Comments (4)

The London Olympics finished up a few months ago. Recently, I got the new issue of World Weightlifting in my mailbox. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, World Weightlifting is the official magazine of the International Weightlifting Federation. It’s published in Europe and comes out about four times a year. I’ve been subscribing to it since the eighties. Anyway, this l...... Continue reading
The Back-Off Week for Weightlifting Programs
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | February 18 2013 | Comments (8)

Also known as the de-load week, the back-off week is by far my least favorite week during a training cycle. Coincidentally, as I write this I am wrapping up one right now. If you would have asked me last week at this time I would have told you I couldn’t wait for the damn thing to start, but that was last week and I felt like hell because I thought my body was used as a human pry-bar for the...... Continue reading
Diagnose & Prioritize: Training New Weightlifters
Bob Takano | Olympic Weightlifting | February 11 2013 | Comments (7)

Over the years I've developed and refined a process for working with new (to me) lifters. I thought it might be helpful to share these thoughts with those of you interested in the art of coaching. Diagnosis: This process begins the first day when I run a new athlete through the standard exercises of overhead squats, overhead presses, and front squats. I look for joints that are lacking in range...... Continue reading
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