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Championship Weightlifting by Tommy Kono: Book Excerpt
Tommy Kono | Olympic Weightlifting | March 31 2010 | Comments (2)

We were fortunate enough to get a preview from Tommy Kono of his upcoming second book, expected out later this year. As the following article explains, this new book will delve into the mental game of weightlifting—lessons that can surely be applied to any sport. Kono was one of the greatest weightlifters in the sport, and his insights are invaluable. —Greg Everett I won two Oly...... Continue reading
Back Training for Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | February 27 2010 | Comments (2)

Because the classic lifts and common supplemental exercises such as squats and pulls naturally provide a considerable workload for the muscles of the lower and middle back, generally this area will require somewhat less specific training than the anterior and lateral aspects of the torso. For convenience, we can classify core work in terms of body regions, type of muscle activation, and type o...... Continue reading
2009: A Year in Review
Greg Everett | Editorial | December 28 2009 | Comments (6)

My usual practice of blasting out last-minute articles as I suddenly realize the new issue of the PM is due out shortly has been failing me this month. Despite having a number of articles started and notes for a few more, I’ve been wholly unable to make any progress. So instead I’m going to try something new: a Catalyst Athletics retrospective. Those of you who have been around for ...... Continue reading
Percentage-Based Max Effort Black Box - MEBB
Michael Rutherford | General Training | November 28 2009 | Comments (17)

One poor assumption I have made with regards to lecturing on the Max Effort Black box deals with the athlete’s experience with finding the daily max effort. I’m up there babbling about finding that best effort for 5, 3 or 1 on a particular move and then suddenly it hits me—The majority of my audience is lost. I often times get the same tilted head, glazed over look my Airedales g...... Continue reading
Controlling the Tornado: Planning Your Weightlifting Training
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | October 28 2009 | Comments (5)

This article will be focused on planning out your training program. And you’re out of your mind if you think I’m going to start with a slogan that you’ve already heard a million times like "Failing to plan is planning to fail." This slogan is a proven truth, but it should be painfully obvious. I shouldn’t have to remind you that planning is important any more than...... Continue reading
Teaching the Olympic Lifts in the CrossFit Group Setting: Part 2
Greg Everett | General Training | September 29 2009 | Comments (12)

Before we continue on this particular adventure, I want to provide some clarification on a few items from the first part of the article. It has been pointed out to me that some of my remarks offended certain individuals, and because this was not my intention, I’m going to take a moment to apologize for any offense that was taken, and to provide my rationale for those remarks. While I may mak...... Continue reading
Teaching the Olympic Lifts in the CrossFit Group Setting
Greg Everett | General Training | August 30 2009 | Comments (8)

Sometimes your clients are confused. It’s true. Some want to squat to big padded balls instead of just learning where their asses are and squatting like grown-ups all the way to the bottom. Some want to do low-bar back squats. And some aren’t very interested in learning the snatch and clean & jerk. Fortunately, as a trainer or coach, it’s your responsibility to train your cli...... Continue reading
CrossFit On-Ramp
Nicki Violetti | General Training | May 31 2009 | Comments (14)

The way in which new clients are introduced to your Crossfit program can be the deciding factor in whether you retain them for life (and they refer friends, family and co-workers) or they come for one dose and vanish.  Perhaps the most common way affiliates bring in new clients is the “come and try it” approach, often associated with a free session or free week of sessions. With v...... Continue reading
Plandomization: CrossFit, Periodization and Planning
Greg Everett | General Training | April 29 2009 | Comments (25)

Periodization has become a bad word in CrossFit Land. My optimistic view on this phenomenon is that it’s due simply to widespread misunderstanding of what exactly periodization is, how variable its implementation can be, and not only its value when used correctly, but its necessity in some form for anyone but the complete beginner. The cynic in me, on the other hand, believes this vehement a...... Continue reading
Jerk Block Building Tutorial
Greg Everett | Equipment | March 31 2009 | Comments (30)

Jerk blocks are a somewhat mythical piece of equipment—their numbers are extremely small and there appears to be a constant search for plans to build them. After two years of Aimee busting my chops to build her some, with the new gym and the corresponding space, I found myself with no further excuses to put it off. The design I ended up with is not really anything new—build multipl...... Continue reading
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