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Feel it First: Technique Corrections, Greg Everett
Feel it First: Technique Corrections
Greg Everett  |  May 12 2014  |  Quick Tips
A point I try to emphasize in all of my seminars is that it’s generally easier and more effective to teach athletes’ bodies what to do than to teach their brains. That is, if you can get the athlete to move the way you want through exercises and lift segments, you’ll make more progress in less time than if you attempt to teach them conceptually what they should be doing. One area where this is very simply illustrated and immediately effective is in abbreviated complexes that......
Stay Connected to the Bar, Greg Everett
Stay Connected to the Bar
Greg Everett  |  May 8 2014  |  Quick Tips
One of the most common problems I see or hear complaints about is the barbell crashing in the clean (and even in the snatch to a lesser extent). There are two very simple ways to help correct this: 1. Meet the bar wherever it is 2. Hold your grip longer First, you need to be wherever you've lifted the bar to meet it. People sometimes become infatuated with the idea of getting down quickly into the rock bottom squat. The ability to do so is great, but not if the bar is higher than that lev......
Catching Cleans, Matt Foreman
Catching Cleans
Matt Foreman  |  May 6 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article about how you can improve your snatch technique by concentrating on keeping the bar close to your face when you’re transitioning into the turnover. Want to know a secret about that article? I wrote it over a year ago. I considered posting it several times since then, but I thought it was too simplistic. Basically, I’ve been saying to myself, “People won’t like this one because it’s too basic, nothing special about i......
Mobility for People Who Hate Doing Mobility, Mike Gray
Mobility for People Who Hate Doing Mobility
Mike Gray  |  April 28 2014  |  Mobility & Training Preparation
Let me start this pile of words off with two things...   1. I hate mobility work. When I get to the gym, I want to lift, not roll around on a bunch of over priced dog toys for 30 minutes. I don’t read books about it or pore over videos of people strapping themselves up with rubber bands. The thought of lying on top of what looks likes a $50 sea anemone is something that just doesn’t interest me.   2. NOTHING in this article is ground breaking or anything you couldn&rsqu......
A Different Thought About Snatch Technique: Keeping the Bar Close, Matt Foreman
A Different Thought About Snatch Technique: Keeping the Bar Close
Matt Foreman  |  April 21 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m taking some risk with this article. I’m gonna give you a technical tip for the snatch. If you do it right, it might fix a lot of your problems. If you do it wrong, you might get hurt. And I don’t want you to get hurt. But as with many things in life, you have to roll the dice sometimes. Many of you put videos of your lifts on the internet, either on this site or somewhere else. You usually do this because you’re looking for some help and advice with your ......
Understanding Sleep for Optimal Recovery & Productivity, Travis Cooper
Understanding Sleep for Optimal Recovery & Productivity
Travis Cooper  |  April 14 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Sleep is the most important part of recovery when it comes to illness, depression, stress and especially training. In regards to weightlifting, without quality sleep, weightlifters cannot properly recover and reach their full potential. There seems to be a lot of misconceptions about sleep and sleep cycles, so hopefully this article will clarify a few things so you will be able to get the most out of your sleep, which will result in optimal training. As seen in the included graph, there are......
Abs/Back: What Does it All Mean?, Greg Everett
Abs/Back: What Does it All Mean?
Greg Everett  |  April 10 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I rarely prescribe specific ab work to my lifters. More often I prescribe specific back work, but there are many times when I write something like “abs/back” on a lifter’s program. This is not code for “go home” as my wife always believed when our coach, Mike Burgener, wrote it on her program. It’s an expectation that the athlete knows what he or she should be doing and will take the initiative to do it. Admittedly, this is an expectation that often leads to d......
Things You Can Get Rid of & Things You Can't, Matt Foreman
Things You Can Get Rid of & Things You Can't
Matt Foreman  |  April 7 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
You’re all adults, right? I think that’s accurate. I don’t think many kids read these articles. They’re too busy being young, screwing around with their friends and playing video games. Instead of reading Catalyst and getting an education about how to be better weightlifters, they would rather play Grand Theft Auto and get a 1,000-point bonus for shooting a crack whore in the face with an Uzi. That’s what kids these days like to do. Maybe I’m wrong,......
HOAs, Bringing Something to the Table & Just Being Flat-out Lucky, Mike Gray
HOAs, Bringing Something to the Table & Just Being Flat-out Lucky
Mike Gray  |  April 2 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
In August of last year my beautiful wife and I bought a brand new 3-story loft that had an attached 2-car garage with ceilings just barely high enough for me to lift in. I was so excited, as I had basically been raised in garage gyms since I started Olympic lifting at Coach Burgener’s years ago. I was finally going to be able to take all my weights out of my buddy’s garage and set up shop once again and lift in the sanctuary of my own place. So I went to work and got everything I nee......
Adapting to the Grind: Mental Toughness & Visualization for Weightlifting, Jasha Faye
Adapting to the Grind: Mental Toughness & Visualization for Weightlifting
Jasha Faye  |  March 26 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Olympic weightlifting requires the strength of a silverback gorilla, the speed of a cobra, the flexibility of a gymnast, and it helps to have the heart of a lion. But none of these qualities will make a champion without one ingredient. Even all of these attributes together donʼt amount to shit without one thing: dogged determination. Lifting weights is hard. Snatching is really hard. You may be really strong but you probably suck at snatching. It’s like swinging a golf club. So. Fu......
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