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Should I Give Up on the Split Jerk?, Greg Everett
Should I Give Up on the Split Jerk?
Greg Everett  |  June 30 2014  |  Ask Greg
Jessica Asks: As a novice female lifter I have issues with my split jerk drive. I start fine with the dip but always go forward on the drive no matter how hard I fight it. It's less so when I power jerk but I'm not sure whether I should try to switch completely or not given the fact that I just can't move the same weight. Now I'll be the first to admit I need to get stronger and that does play a part here but I often wonder if the split jerk is the most effective/efficient way for me to go. Here......
When Athletes and Coaches Need to Just Give Up, Matt Foreman
When Athletes and Coaches Need to Just Give Up
Matt Foreman  |  June 23 2014  |  Editorial
When I was in the 8th grade, my guidance counselor pulled me out of class one day and took me to his office to perform an exorcism on me. You think I’m kidding? Nope. Here’s how it all happened… I was a terrible kid when I was in junior high. I was disrespectful, mouthy, rude, and a huge troublemaker. My teachers openly hated me. Most of them actually told me that. How awful was my behavior? Well, my teachers eventually went to the school’s guidance counselor ......
Efficiency, Bar Paths, New Techniques & Other Things I Hate, Greg Everett
Efficiency, Bar Paths, New Techniques & Other Things I Hate
Greg Everett  |  June 19 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m not sure why this issue is on my mind today, but I’m bothered every time I hear the word efficiency used in reference to improving weightlifting technique.   Let’s just start with definitions of two words courtesy of the only source of information remaining on the planet (remember the olden days when you needed a dictionary and a reasonable knowledge of the alphabet to find a word’s definition?):   Efficient: Achieving maximal productivity with minimum w......
Beating Setbacks and Haters: It's Part of Your Training, Matt Foreman
Beating Setbacks and Haters: It's Part of Your Training
Matt Foreman  |  June 9 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
How many of you know a rap group called Cypress Hill? Some of you probably do, and some of you probably don’t. You might have no idea who I’m talking about, because you’re not a hardcore gangbanger from the hood like me. Most of their songs are about the basic rap topics…smoking dope, shooting people, ho issues, etc. But they’ve got one tune that directly relates to weightlifting. If you’re a lifter, you should know a few things about it because it......
Why Are You Here?, Mike Gray
Why Are You Here?
Mike Gray  |  June 2 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I repack my gym bag every day before I leave to go train. I take out the empty water bottles and replace them with new ones, throw out the balls of pre-wrap and tape, and make sure I have my Jolt gum, clean towel, and two pairs of socks. I do this because I liked to be prepared for what I am going to do and I'm like this with everything I do. Nobody has to tell me to do this this; it’s just a habit, and like many habits, some are great and some are bad. My love of birthday cake ice cream f......
Ask Greg: Jumping in the Snatch, Greg Everett
Ask Greg: Jumping in the Snatch
Greg Everett  |  May 26 2014  |  Ask Greg
Erika Asks: I was debating all day if I should even attempt to ask a question, since I have this lack of self-confidence that comes with other people constantly needing to tell me something. I couldn't believe the article you just posted today, Advice: Sometimes It's Okay. But.... It is regarding exactly that. I Olympic lift at three different gyms. I train specifically for my Olympic lifts at one gym and I never heard this exact criticism. I go to two other gyms to supplement my lifts on my ow......
A Masters Weightlifting Program that Worked, Matt Foreman
A Masters Weightlifting Program that Worked
Matt Foreman  |  May 21 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I taught a seminar today on weightlifting programming, focused specifically on loading (how much weight athletes should be lifting in their daily/weekly workouts). Since everybody and their crippled grandmothers are asking about programming these days, I thought I would use a portion of what I taught at the seminar for a blog article. This is a program I designed and used to prepare for one of my own meets in 2008. I’ve included several notes so it’ll make sense, because it&rsqu......
The Team Environment for Olympic Weightlifting, Travis Cooper
The Team Environment for Olympic Weightlifting
Travis Cooper  |  May 19 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A lot of weightlifters do very well training on their own as garage warriors. There is nothing wrong with that, and I commend everyone who digs deep everyday to grind through a workout alone. I have been one of those lifters through certain parts of my career, but in the last four years, I have had a lot of great training partners and team environments that have taken me to the next level. Training with a team is one of the best ways to take your training up a notch or two. The most overlo......
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......
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