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High school kids aren't all idiots, Matt Foreman
High school kids aren't all idiots
Matt Foreman  |  September 18 2011  |  General Training
Man...it never ceases to amaze me how I seem to hear some of the smartest, deepest ideas from some of the most unlikely people.  I'm a high school English teacher.  Last week, my students turned in a personal narrative essay I assigned them.  One of the essays I read was from a student who will never, ever be confused with Ernest Hemingway.  Initially, I had this kid pegged as one of those types who will probably spend a lot of time with his han......
Trust and the Art of Competition, Jocelyn Forest
Trust and the Art of Competition
Jocelyn Forest  |  September 16 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
“Uh, odds are they are probably basic white, cotton, underpants. But I sort of think well maybe they're silk panties, maybe it's a thong. Maybe it's something really cool that I don't even know about. You know, and uh, and I started feeling... what? What I thought we were in the trust tree in the nest, were we not?” – Frank Ricard (Will Ferrell) I have a crazy love affair with weightlifting.  I didn’t mean for it to happen, it just sort of did.   It all......
DO NOT WANT, Audra Dunning
DO NOT WANT
Audra Dunning  |  September 12 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
“DO NOT WANT” – three little, but effective words stated to me by Greg one day during practice when I did a clean off the blocks that was so horrendous, even I had to glance at him with a look of terror and somewhat disbelief as I was still completing the lift. For Greg of all people to have absolutely no other feedback or critique other than DO NOT WANT, the message came through pretty damn loud and clear!! Some days, I feel like this statement is the theme of my entire pr......
Love the one you're with, Matt Foreman
Love the one you're with
Matt Foreman  |  September 11 2011  |  General Training
I'm writing this blog entry on September 11th, 2011.  As the whole world is aware of, this is the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks.  Ten years ago, we all found out that you can lose everything you have in an instant. Two years ago, my wife and I took a trip to New York City.  The first place we went when we got to the city was Ground Zero (site where the WTC used to be).  It was pretty intense to walk around the area and think about what ha......
Hips, Meet Bar: The Extension of the Snatch and Clean, Greg Everett
Hips, Meet Bar: The Extension of the Snatch and Clean
Greg Everett  |  September 9 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Some topics seem to generate more heat that others, and for some reason, the question of how a barbell should come into contact with the body during the snatch and clean seems to get some people extraordinarily wound up. I personally don’t lose any sleep over how anyone else lifts or teaches the lifts. I may agree or disagree, but I don’t let it upset me too much. The following will undoubtedly further upset the same people who are already upset. In my humble opinion, there is mor......
New Programs!, Mike Gray
New Programs!
Mike Gray  |  September 2 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I have to say I love them. It’s that start of a new program that has limitless possibilities that I really enjoy. The thought of new PR's and the day to day battle that just gets me fired up to get started. I have a system I have used for years when it comes to programs starting way back when with that "ADD 50lbs TO YOUR BENCH ROUTINE" out of an old MM2k Magazine that really just grounded your shoulders to dust and made sure I never wanted to flat bench ever again. 1.......
Hook Grip or Not Overhead in the Snatch, Greg Everett
Hook Grip or Not Overhead in the Snatch
Greg Everett  |  August 20 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A common question is whether or not a lifter should keep the hook grip overhead in the snatch. This is one of those issues that doesn't have a simple answer: what works best can vary among lifters. The main issue while holding a barbell overhead is stability: obviously the athlete needs to be able to support the weight. The hand and wrist need to be able to settle in under the weight of the bar to create a cradle that balances the weight properly and doesn''t cause injury. Lifters need to co......
Improving the Clean through a Better Turnover, Greg Everett
Improving the Clean through a Better Turnover
Greg Everett  |  August 12 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A lot more attention tends to be paid to the third pull or turnover of the snatch than the clean, likely because the consequences of poor execution tend to be more dramatic and obvious, but the turnover of the clean deserves its own share of attention. The timing and precision of the turnover in the clean can be the difference between a make and a miss, or can prevent the recovery from being so taxing that a subsequent jerk fails. An idea I commonly talk about with my lifters is attempting to......
The Jerk for Sports, Greg Everett
The Jerk for Sports
Greg Everett  |  August 5 2011  |  General Training
Mike Asks: In most sports full extension and the "follow through" are important - you drive through your legs, hips, torso, shoulders, and arms with a "follow through" after making contact with the ball, or the jaw. In doing the jerk you pull away from, or drop under, the bar as it is driven upward, so the maximum effort comes before the full extension - I can think of no other sports in which this happens. Wouldn''t then the "push press" where the drive cont......
The Bench Press: Benefits and Risks, Greg Everett
The Bench Press: Benefits and Risks
Greg Everett  |  July 27 2011  |  General Training
After curls, the bench press might be the most vilified lift among functional training enthusiasts and some in the weightlifting community. First, I like curls and I couldn’t care less about people doing them, whether for reasons of performance (yes, there are legitimate performance reasons for curls) or aesthetics, as long as in the latter situation it doesn’t interfere in any way with performance goals, assuming they exist (this is tough to do, but there are definitely cases of hug......
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