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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
Kettlebell Swings: Overhead or Traditional
Greg Everett | General Training | January 14 2011 | Comments (9)

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 al...... Continue reading
The Kipping Pull-up: How to Do It Safely and Use it in Training
Greg Everett | General Training | December 31 2010 | Comments (16)

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 en...... Continue reading
Eliminating the Stopwatch: Timing Workouts
Greg Everett | General Training | December 21 2010 | Comments (13)

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...... Continue reading
Start of Days: Cortisol & Stress
Cameron Conaway | Editorial | November 30 2010 | Comments (7)

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 day...... Continue reading
Grip Strength and Training for Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | November 26 2010 | Comments

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 gri...... Continue reading
The Push Press: Use Your Legs
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | November 13 2010 | Comments (2)

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 ...... Continue reading
Starting a Weightlifting Team
Greg Everett | Editorial | October 30 2010 | Comments (2)

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...... Continue reading
Cutting Bodyweight & Losing Bodyweight for Weightlifting and Other Sports
Greg Everett | General Training | October 29 2010 | Comments

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 bodyweigh...... Continue reading
Bodyweight & Weightlifting Competition
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | October 15 2010 | Comments

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...... Continue reading
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