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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
Weightlifting Competition Anxiety...It Never Goes Away
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | September 10 2012 | Comments (3)

You’re a weightlifter at a national championship. It’s the night before you compete, and you’re alone in your hotel room. These are the thoughts that go through your mind: I wish I had my own room. I would totally get my own room if I had any money. I have to room with four of my teammates, and they all competed already because they’re in the lighter weight classes and t...... Continue reading
Move Your Feet: The Third Pull of the Snatch & Clean
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | September 5 2012 | Comments (9)

Do you find that your feet never quite end up where they need to be when you snatch or clean? For example, they're always too far behind you? Try actively lifting your feet and replacing them flat on the platform, focusing on landing on the whole foot, not the balls of the feet, and directly under the bar. You might be surprised how much it improves your balance and position when receiving the...... Continue reading
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