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The Jerk for Sports
Greg Everett | General Training | August 5 2011 | Comments

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 ot...... Continue reading
The Bench Press: Benefits and Risks
Greg Everett | General Training | July 27 2011 | Comments (1)

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 wit...... Continue reading
Overhead Stability in the Snatch
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | June 17 2011 | Comments (2)

When an athlete has difficulty supporting the bar overhead in the snatch, it's natural to immediately assume there is insufficient strength and to address the problem with strength work. While this may often be the problem, or at least one part of it, there are other elements to consider that may be preventing the athlete from properly using what may be adequate strength. In some cases, these...... Continue reading
CrossFit to Weightlifting: Kicking the (metCon) Habit
Jocelyn Forest | General Training | June 14 2011 | Comments (50)

The first step is admitting you have a problem. This article is about how I kicked my habit; my metcon habit. When transitioning to the sport of weightlifting, particularly when coming from a GPP addiction, it can be tough to let go. First, let me tell you how it all began. HOW I GOT HOOKED “You should be a weightlifter. You would be so good!” These were the words spoken ...... Continue reading
Sample Masters Weightlifting Training Program
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | June 3 2011 | Comments (44)

The following is a training cycle I wrote to prepare one of our masters lifters for the NorCal Open. He recently began training at Catalyst, and this is the first program I’ve written for him after helping him modify the program he used to prepare for Masters Nationals. He made PRs across the board at the meet. This is a fairly general program, although there is some work specific to his ...... Continue reading
Modifying Weightlifting Training Programs
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | May 31 2011 | Comments (5)

One of the most common type of emails I get involve questions regarding how to modify the Catalyst daily workouts or other programs to be fewer days/week. This can be for a number of reasons, most commonly because people are able to train only a certain number of days each week due to scheduling conflicts, are trying to do other training along with weightlifting, or feel they will be unable to rec...... Continue reading
Mensticular Fortitude: Dedication and Focus for Athletes
Greg Everett | Editorial | May 13 2011 | Comments (6)

Weightlifting is a very mental sport and success can be dependent on focus and attitude to remarkable degrees. Mental and testicular (or ovarian, if you prefer) fortitude is imperative not only for a given lift, but for a training session, a week, a cycle or a career. The long term fortitude is usually thought of more as discipline. For example, the discipline to eat when, what and how much is...... Continue reading
Strength Lifts and Classic Lifts for Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | May 7 2011 | Comments (16)

This discussion will not die, so I will poke at it a bit more. US weightlifters need to get stronger. This is the refrain repeated endlessly from many outside the weightlifting community. From inside the community, the response is essentially a unanimous agreement in principle - of course in a strength sport athletes need to get stronger. Where the argument really exists is with regard to what exa...... Continue reading
Proper Foot Position in the Squat
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | May 3 2011 | Comments (27)

There is some current discussion on foot position in the squat following a post by Kelly Starrett, and I’ve been asked to comment. This article is not intended to criticize him or anyone else, nor is it intended to stand as irrefutable fact. Its purpose is to quickly organize my thoughts on the topic and answer the requests for my input; I'm sure I've left out a number of things I want to sa...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Technique Drills & Training Lifts
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | April 29 2011 | Comments (2)

There seems to be a bit of discussion on technique training and strength training for weightlifters, and it's made me think of a couple points I want to clarify. First, how do you define a technique drill or a training exercise? In my opinion, the difference is based on the purpose, and a symptom is usually different loading and volume. We should also understand the difference between these two th...... Continue reading
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