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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......
Sample Weightlifting Flexibility Program, Greg Everett
Sample Weightlifting Flexibility Program
Greg Everett  |  October 1 2010  |  Mobility & Training Preparation
Flexibility is easily the biggest limiter for athletes starting to use the Olympic lifts. Of course, stretching is also the most boring thing you can possibly do. Getting someone flexible is less about what works and what doesn't, and more about what the individual will actually do consistently for the time it takes to get the job done. I've found too that giving suggestions is rarely adequate; people need to be told exactly what do to and be held accountable, or that fancy stretching pro......
It's Not a Race for Last, Joe Kenn
It's Not a Race for Last
Joe Kenn  |  September 28 2010  |  General Training
This July, my youngest son Peter was going through his first training camp of organized tackle football and I was very excited. With football, as with most other team sports, practices are pretty much all the same; start off with a warm up, move to position fundamentals, follow with some group/team work, and finish up with conditioning. It was during the conditioning portion of my son’s football practice that I heard one of the greatest motivational lines I’ve heard in my 34 years of......
What's In the Water?, Yael Grauer
What's In the Water?
Yael Grauer  |  September 23 2010  |  Nutrition
Even if your water supply is amongst the cleanest in the country, it could still be harmful for your health. Yes, you read write. Even if your water source continually meets or exceeds the requirements for both federal regulations and non-enforcable health standards, it could still be filled with prescription drugs and other contaminants. How do water suppliers get away with this? Because many chemical contaminants found in the drinking water are entirely unregulated. “It is certainly p......
The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf: Book Excerpt, Robb Wolf
The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf: Book Excerpt
Robb Wolf  |  September 12 2010  |  Nutrition
Our good friend Robb Wolf has been kind enough to allow us to run an excerpt from his new book, The Paleo Solution. This book is a story about us. You know, H. Sapiens. It’s also a story of how to optimize our performance, health, and longevity. While combining such monumental plot lines might lead you to believe this is one of those family saga novels that jumps all over in time, don’t worry. This story both starts and ends in the past. However, in order to fully appreciate this st......
The Essence of Time, Joe Kenn
The Essence of Time
Joe Kenn  |  August 31 2010  |  Editorial
In sports, when the word “time” is used in a conversation, most discussion will be focused on an individual’s 40-yard dash, or how fast they can cover 40 yards in a maximal effort sprint. This is usually discussed in seconds, as in, “My running back ran the 40 in 4.37 seconds.” In the structured programming of competitive athletics, the essence of time is a critical point of the planning process for the majority of strength and conditioning coaches across the na......
Preventing Staph Infection, Yael Grauer
Preventing Staph Infection
Yael Grauer  |  August 15 2010  |  General Training
MRSA is a particularly dangerous form of staph. While less virulent strains of the bacteria are thought to exist in close to a quarter of the population, only about 1% of people carry MRSA in their noses and skin. Short for methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aures, MRSA is often fatal and always difficult to treat due to its resistance to antibiotics called beta-lactams (including amoxicillin, penicillin and oxacillin). While most strains of staph are far less dangerous, they can all lea......
The Role of Strength in Weightlifting, Greg Everett
The Role of Strength in Weightlifting
Greg Everett  |  August 1 2010  |  Olympic Weightlifting
While the premise of this article may at first strike readers as odd, considering that weightlifting, despite considerable elements of skill and speed, is very clearly a strength sport, there exist quite a few perspectives regarding the role of strength in the training of weightlifters; or, more accurately, regarding the appropriate degree of emphasis of what might be considered non-specific strength work. The spectrum is represented on one end by Bulgarian-style training, involving little o......
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