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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 lif...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Program Design: Feelings vs. Planning
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | September 3 2012 | Comments (4)

There are a lot of different ways to train as a weightlifter, but two broad categories can be described by either planning and prescribing all the numbers (e.g. weights, reps, sets) or training by feel, which can mean making decisions on everything from weights to reps to the actual exercises performed on a given day. Personally I like it all—nothing to extremes. I believe strongly t...... Continue reading
Spread the Bar, But Not That Way: Holding the Snatch Overhead
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | August 29 2012 | Comments (2)

A lot of people have been cued to "spread the bar" or "pull the bar apart" when overhead in the snatch. I'm not a big fan of this cue, because in my mind, the effort to pull a bar apart means gripping it tightly. A tight grip on the bar overhead and/or as you're trying to finalize the lockout will slow the elbow extension down and limit how well the elbows can ext end. If y...... Continue reading
Athlete Selection for Weightlifting
Bob Takano | Olympic Weightlifting | August 29 2012 | Comments (8)

One of the topics touched upon by national coach Zygmunt Smalcerz was the selection of candidates for the national weightlifting program in Poland. To many readers this may sound like a novel concept since we don’t practice it in this country, and there is a considerable bias against selection for elite programs in general. In an effort to counter ageism, sexism, racism and any number of o...... Continue reading
Getting Under the Split Jerk Properly
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | August 27 2012 | Comments

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are good at the jerk, and those who are not. For the latter group, there are so many things that can go wrong or be misunderstood that it can be very daunting to correct the movement. One of the big problems is moving into the split posiiton properly. First, it's important to understand that the dip and drive of the jerk, whether split, powe...... Continue reading
Keeping Your Gym Environment Strong
Matt Foreman | Editorial | August 27 2012 | Comments (3)

When you’re a coach, one of your responsibilities is protecting your gym’s mojo. What the heck am I talking about? Let me explain. First, we have to understand what “mojo” is. The mojo in your gym is a collective feeling of teamwork, enthusiasm, positive energy, and work ethic. Some gyms have incredibly strong mojo. You can see it when you’ve trained in one of thes...... Continue reading
Pull Down for a Better Turnover in the Snatch & Clean
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | August 24 2012 | Comments (3)

Having external rotation strength to turn the bar over in the snatch or having quick elbows in the turnover of the clean is great, but you can't have a quick turnover in either lift without accelerating down adequately first. The turnover itself is not and will never be a strong movement. Think of your shoulder pre-hab/re-hab external rotation exercises: how much resistance can you use? Very littl...... Continue reading
10 More Things New Weightlifters Should Know
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | August 22 2012 | Comments (3)

1. More isn’t always better, it’s just more. 2. After a PR, you get 24 hours to enjoy it. Then get your ass back to work. If you are anything like me, sleeping that night will be hard. 3. If you feel great full lifts, if you feel a bit off then do power versions, if you feel really bad do some pulls. What I am saying here is if you feel busted up and can’t quite perform a ...... Continue reading
Something We Learned At The Olympics: Big Goals
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | August 13 2012 | Comments (8)

Hopefully, you all got to watch a lot of weightlifting action at the Olympics over the last couple of weeks. NBCOlympics.com is like a gift from the heavens, showing complete replay coverage of every weight class. This is the first Olympics in my life when I’ve been able to see the entire competition. When I sit down at the computer to watch one of these replays, I practically go into a tran...... Continue reading
10 Things All New Weightlifters Should Know
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | August 6 2012 | Comments (6)

1. Learn the correct terms. Snatch, Clean and Jerk. Then learn Power Snatch, Power Clean and Power Jerk. Then keep going until you can name every lift on Greg’s video showcase with out notes. 2. Learn kilos. I am at the point where I convert pounds to kilos in my head. It will make training at real gyms easier and meets as well. 3. Find a coach or a group of like-minded lifters. It wil...... Continue reading
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