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Some Words From The Olympic Weightlifting Champions
Matt Foreman | Editorial | February 25 2013 | Comments (4)

The London Olympics finished up a few months ago. Recently, I got the new issue of World Weightlifting in my mailbox. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, World Weightlifting is the official magazine of the International Weightlifting Federation. It’s published in Europe and comes out about four times a year. I’ve been subscribing to it since the eighties. Anyway, this l...... Continue reading
The Back-Off Week for Weightlifting Programs
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | February 18 2013 | Comments (8)

Also known as the de-load week, the back-off week is by far my least favorite week during a training cycle. Coincidentally, as I write this I am wrapping up one right now. If you would have asked me last week at this time I would have told you I couldn’t wait for the damn thing to start, but that was last week and I felt like hell because I thought my body was used as a human pry-bar for the...... Continue reading
Diagnose & Prioritize: Training New Weightlifters
Bob Takano | Olympic Weightlifting | February 11 2013 | Comments (7)

Over the years I've developed and refined a process for working with new (to me) lifters. I thought it might be helpful to share these thoughts with those of you interested in the art of coaching. Diagnosis: This process begins the first day when I run a new athlete through the standard exercises of overhead squats, overhead presses, and front squats. I look for joints that are lacking in range...... Continue reading
We Need More Disciplinarians: Coaching Youth Athletes
Matt Foreman | Editorial | February 11 2013 | Comments (4)

Do you want to know one of the things I find most pathetic in weightlifting, and sports in general? It’s when coaches let their best athletes get away with crappy behavior, simply because they’re the best athletes. This makes me want to puke. It’s even worse when the coaches make excuses for the athletes and their shenanigans, defending them and playing the “they didn...... Continue reading
Learning From Your Misses in Weightlifting
Aimee Anaya Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | February 6 2013 | Comments (8)

I used to not think about other people’s training so much—about their mental state and struggles, or the fact that their minds may be racing during training as well. It’s not because I am some selfish bitch who doesn’t care about my teammates, I simply didn’t think that anyone else struggled as I do. I was oblivious. It took me a lot of years to learn to relax in t...... Continue reading
You Got a Lot of Freakin Problems: Common Complaints in Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Editorial | January 28 2013 | Comments (16)

Okay, I’m gonna make a list of common problems weightlifters have. Read this and keep a running tally of how many you A) have right now or B) have had in the past. I’ll write them as quotes so they sound authentic. 1) “My lockout sucks. I can pull snatches pretty high and clean a lot of weight, but my lockout when I get the bar over my head is terrible.” 2) “I j...... Continue reading
Get Cozy Down There: Improving The Snatch & Jerk Receiving Positions
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | January 16 2013 | Comments (11)

Something I can't stand is watching lifters with weak or inconsistent bottom positions in the snatch rush out of the squat and drop the bar partway up, even in power snatches (this applies to jerks as well). These same athletes will often also complain about missing big attempts that "felt so easy" because they can't secure the bar overhead long enough to recover successfully. This to...... Continue reading
Motivation, Inspiration and Stabbing: 5 Steps to Being a Good Motivator
Matt Foreman | General Training | January 14 2013 | Comments (3)

I want you to think of someone who’s a good motivator. Know what I mean? This has to be somebody with a really strong ability to get you fired up, feeling positive and ready to rage. You’ve probably got the name of a coach in your head right now. Hopefully it’s the coach you’re currently working with, or maybe it’s somebody from your earlier years. Now, I have t...... Continue reading
The Back Extension: Strengthening the Back for Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | January 7 2013 | Comments (12)

If one of your problems with the Olympic lifts is a weak back arch, that needs to become a focus for you in just about everything you do. Some of you have become very strong in round-backed postures and are finding yourselves unable to set a proper back arch in the pull of the snatch or clean, or even all the way through your squats. Reversing this can take a long time and a lot of patience ...... Continue reading
Snatch & Clean Pulling Technique: No Laughing Matter
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | January 3 2013 | Comments (11)

No funny business this time. We need to talk about technique. This one is gonna run a little long, but it’ll be worth it. Some of this is from an old PM article I wrote, along with a few changes. We’re going to look at finishing the pull in the snatch and clean. More specifically, we’re going to do an analysis of the question “Should the lifter extend up on the toes or ...... Continue reading
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