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Screw Nutrition
Matt Foreman | Nutrition | October 25 2012 | Comments (22)

I have almost nothing helpful to say about nutrition. Everybody who reads this probably knows more about it than I do. My study of it pretty much stopped after a class I took my freshman year in college. I did well in the class, though. The professor made copies of an essay I wrote and gave them to the rest of the class…told them I had a “heightened understanding” of how to e...... Continue reading
Dumb Weightlifting Questions
Greg Everett | General Training | October 17 2012 | Comments (44)

It was suggested to me by our talented editor Yael that I write an article about “dumb” weightlifting questions. I turned to the internet’s leading repositories of dumb questions—Facebook and Twitter—for some ideas. The following are some of the better ones you provided me. She told me my answers were obnoxious and unhelpful so I'll be doing a real version in the Perf...... Continue reading
Wraps, Belts, and Straps for Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | October 15 2012 | Comments (14)

One of our readers contacted Greg recently and asked if we would put up a blog post about the use of equipment for Olympic lifters. Specifically, the question was about belts, straps, wrist/knee wraps, etc. This is a pretty good example of why you guys should feel free to contact us when you have topics you want to read about. I actually wrote something about this exact topic several months ago, b...... Continue reading
The Power Jerk: Yes, It Has Uses
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | October 10 2012 | Comments

I've always hated power jerks, like most people who split jerk as their prefered jerk method. It's awkward, uncomfortable and difficult. But I have a grudging respect and appreciation for the exercise because it can be immensely valuable as a training exercise for split jerkers. The power jerk forces a solid, strong dip and strong drive, and possibly more importantly, a balanced and correc...... Continue reading
A Quick Thought About Coaching People Who Think They Suck
Matt Foreman | Editorial | October 10 2012 | Comments (14)

Several years ago, I was hanging out in the warm-up room at a meet, chatting with a guy who was a two-time Olympian. Neither of us were competing in this contest, so we were just relaxing backstage and watching the other lifters get ready. One of the athletes warming up was a relatively new guy who trained with the Olympian dude I was talking to. Here is the conversation we had: Me (pointing at...... Continue reading
Stop and Smell the Chalk
Mike Gray | Editorial | October 8 2012 | Comments (3)

Those of you who are reading this are probably now or have been in your life pretty passionate about Olympic lifting. I want you to stop and think about this chapter in your life; for some it will be quick and for others it might very well be a lifetime. We have all at one time hated and or loved it for myriad reasons. Those days when you feel like absolute crap and getting out of bed is a frea...... Continue reading
Use Your Legs
Steve Pan | Quick Tips | October 3 2012 | Comments (3)

Every now and then an athlete will have a flash of insight that will improve their game from that point on. In hindsight they are always the most obvious pieces of information but never hit home. During my first squat cycle Greg had made a comment to me about using my legs for squats as a joke. As he said it that lightning bolt of information hit the tip of my brain and everything made sense t...... Continue reading
10 Things New WOMEN Weightlifters Should Know
Aimee Anaya Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | October 1 2012 | Comments (40)

1. Lift with other girls. Lifting with men is motivating; however, they just don’t understand certain things. Such as why we act crazy in the gym. Only girls can understand why you have to turn up Fergalicious or Beat It on Pandora to pump you up and/or have you break out in your PR dance. I think other girls, especially those who you have built a strong friendship with and have a sense of l...... Continue reading
A Letter to Catalyst Athletics (and Everybody Else)
Matt Foreman | Editorial | September 24 2012 | Comments (6)

Do you ever get embarrassed when you think about some of the stupid things you said when you were younger? I think we all probably do. We remember some idiotic comments we made, things we knew we shouldn’t have said out loud, and we wonder how our heads ever got jammed so far up our butts. I cringe sometimes when I think about stuff that came out of my mouth when I was in my twenties. Ov...... Continue reading
Snatch and Clean Extension: Be Patient
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | September 17 2012 | Comments (17)

A big mistake with the snatch and clean is trying to initiate the final explosion too soon. This can create a list of problems, including shifting your balance too far forward, pushing the bar away from your body, preventing a complete extension of the hips, and limiting the speed and height of the bar. Bring the barbell back into your body as it leaves the floor, and continue using the lats to pu...... Continue reading
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