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Your Tribe
Mike Gray | Editorial | August 8 2013 | Comments (1)

Tribe defined by Merriam Webster: A group of persons having a common character, occupation, or interest. I remember vividly my first few months of weightlifting. I have lifted weights in some style since high school, but had never dabbled in Olympic lifting. On a deployment one of the guys I would lift with told me I should give it a try so I got home, bought some bumpers and quickly realized t...... Continue reading
Why Strippers Would Be Good Weightlifters
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | August 5 2013 | Comments (16)

Do you like it when people look at you? Seriously, answer the question. It’s pretty simple, brothers and sisters. When you know people are watching you, do you enjoy it? Or does it make you all uncomfortable and squirmy? Think about some famous people from your favorite genre of music. If you’re into R&B dance stuff, we’re talking about Beyoncé, Usher, etc. If yo...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Technique with Evidence: Lifting the Feet in the Snatch & Clean
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | July 22 2013 | Comments (19)

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
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