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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
Everett Volume Squat Cycle
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | March 18 2011 | Comments (15)

One of the requests that came in numerous times during our reader survey was to see actual training programs for individuals. I have posted sample weeks a couple times before, and I believe one entire program, but never in complete detail. I'm reluctant to post the programs I write for my better lifters simply because I like playing that kind of stuff close to the chest. I may get over that eve...... Continue reading
Correcting Jerk Weaknesses
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | March 11 2011 | Comments (11)

Gerasimos Asks: Hello i want to ask a question about jerk training. When a lifter has a weak jerk (strength or technique) is better to perform jerk and assistance exercises in front or behind the head? There are a huge number of possible causes for problems with the jerk. Since this question explicitly asks about both strength and technique, yet doesn't describe any specific issue, I'll tr...... Continue reading
How Heavy is Too Heavy? Choosing Training Weights
Greg Everett | General Training | February 25 2011 | Comments

"So when I lift I always shoot for best form over loading the weight. I don’t do 1RM’s mostly because I have no huge fantasies of lifting a shit ton of weight and I’m mostly looking to just better my over all strength to apply it to sports. I do “heavy” days but I only load the weight as much as I can still maintaining my depth (ass to feet of course), kne...... Continue reading
Predicting Snatch and Clean & Jerk 1RMs
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | February 18 2011 | Comments (4)

Iain Asks: What do you use as a predictor for a 1rm in the snatch and clean & jerk in training/ competition? (I know that there can be many many variables to consider) This is an interesting question because there are no straightforward answers and a good number of opinions on how to approach it. First let’s talk about training and then we’ll get to competition. For all...... Continue reading
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