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Predicting Snatch and Clean & Jerk 1RMs, Greg Everett
Predicting Snatch and Clean & Jerk 1RMs
Greg Everett  |  February 18 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
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 the 1RM formulas out there, nothing works like actually performing a max lift. There is far too m......
Kettlebell Swings: Overhead or Traditional, Greg Everett
Kettlebell Swings: Overhead or Traditional
Greg Everett  |  January 14 2011  |  General Training
I want to address the swing in response to an email I got about it. Those of you who pay attention to CrossFit are familiar with the practice of continuing the kettlebell swing overhead rather than the traditional level. The question I got was basically why do either, and is there any sort of injury risk or similar with the overhead swing? Most of the time I prefer the traditional swing, and always with individuals new to the exercise. The point of the kettlebell swing is the explosive snap o......
The Kipping Pull-up: How to Do It Safely and Use it in Training, Greg Everett
The Kipping Pull-up: How to Do It Safely and Use it in Training
Greg Everett  |  December 31 2010  |  General Training
The kipping pull-up has been a point of vehement contention since its popularization by CrossFit; one camp tells the world it’s the only way to create complete elite athletic dominance and will possibly cure all known disease, and the other claims they will fail to develop much of anything athletic but will completely destroy your shoulders. It seems unlikely that either of these is entirely true. I’ve never spoken up much either way before, except to express my distaste fo......
Eliminating the Stopwatch: Timing Workouts, Greg Everett
Eliminating the Stopwatch: Timing Workouts
Greg Everett  |  December 21 2010  |  General Training
One of the defining characteristics of CrossFit training is the use of a stopwatch or clock to time workouts. This practice is often regarded as being integral to the effectiveness of the training by turning each workout into a competition and making training “measurable”. I’ve used this approach in the past; prior to my introduction to CrossFit, I never used it with myself or my clients; and as of about a year ago, we no longer time workouts at Catalyst Athletics—even on......
Start of Days: Cortisol & Stress, Cameron Conaway
Start of Days: Cortisol & Stress
Cameron Conaway  |  November 30 2010  |  Editorial
There are movies, books, songs, political advertisements, religious texts and environmental organizations that use the phrase “end of days.” As a studied poet, I’m trained to flip clichés like rocks to see what is underneath. As an MMA coach and personal trainer, I’m trained to sift through science then apply these findings to my clients. How does the start of days – the time immediately after we wake – change our bodies chemically? What hormones are......
Grip Strength and Training for Weightlifting, Greg Everett
Grip Strength and Training for Weightlifting
Greg Everett  |  November 26 2010  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Grip for the snatch and clean is a topic very important to me personally as someone with relatively small hands. For most lifters my size, grip is not an issue because they tend to have fairly large hands and easily get better coverage on the bar. Even my lovely wife Aimee's fingers are almost as long as mine, and she gets to lift on a bar 3 mm smaller. There are a million ways to train grip strength and related abilities and quite an array of movements and positions. However, if we're t......
The Push Press: Use Your Legs, Greg Everett
The Push Press: Use Your Legs
Greg Everett  |  November 13 2010  |  Olympic Weightlifting
An exercise I use very frequently both in training and teaching is the push press. The push press has tremendous utility in a multitude of senses and should definitely be a staple of any strength training program. As an intermediary between the press and the jerk, the push press largely splits the difference and shares features of both the press and jerk. Interestingly (at least to me), I see the majority of people thinking of it strictly as an upper body movement, and being more closely rel......
Starting a Weightlifting Team, Greg Everett
Starting a Weightlifting Team
Greg Everett  |  October 30 2010  |  Editorial
This month, I decided to provide a simple guide to starting a weightlifting team. More and more interest is developing in weightlifting competition, and the process can seem mysterious to those who have not yet been exposed to it. This article should help get you started. Administrative Considerations The process may vary a bit depending on where you live, but it will likely be similar to how it works in the US. USA Weightlifting governs the sport in the US under IWF rules and oversees ......
Cutting Bodyweight & Losing Bodyweight for Weightlifting and Other Sports, Greg Everett
Cutting Bodyweight & Losing Bodyweight for Weightlifting and Other Sports
Greg Everett  |  October 29 2010  |  General Training
I said I would follow up on this topic a couple weeks ago, so I'm going to do it today before I forget and someone gets mad at me. I think of the weight dropping issue as two different processes: losing weight and cutting weight. Losing weight is a long term process to permanently or semi-permanent lower your bodyweight. Cutting weight is a short-term process to temporarily reduce bodyweight in order to make weight for competition. Accordingly, the approach for each is different. Losi......
Bodyweight & Weightlifting Competition, Greg Everett
Bodyweight & Weightlifting Competition
Greg Everett  |  October 15 2010  |  Olympic Weightlifting
One of the obvious questions in a sport with bodyweight categories is which category to compete in. This will vary among athletes and sports. The scheduling of weigh-ins is probably the biggest determining factor in how dramatically an athlete can play with his or her weight. In sports with weigh-ins 24 hours before competition, huge amounts of weight can be lost through dehydration to make weight, and then subsequently gained back with no detrimental effects. In the sport of weightlifting, on t......
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