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Are You an Athlete or an Exerciser?, Greg Everett
Are You an Athlete or an Exerciser?
Greg Everett  |  August 11 2014  |  General Training
Before you even say it, no, the title isn’t a jab at CrossFitters. This has nothing to do with what sport or activity you choose to pursue, only how you pursue it. It could be CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting or golf.   With the proliferation of information and exposure to different training methodologies on the internet that we’ve seen in the last couple years in particular, the lines between athletes and exercisers is often blurred or forgotten (or not even understood to exis......
Advice: Sometimes It's Okay. But..., Matt Foreman
Advice: Sometimes It's Okay. But...
Matt Foreman  |  February 24 2014  |  General Training
Here’s a little story for ya… I competed in my first powerlifting meet when I was fifteen years old. Back then, I was basically a hick from the mountains who came to the city to lift against the big boys. I never had any coaching or instruction. Hell, I taught myself to lift from looking at pictures in magazines and books. I was nervous as hell before the meet, so I was pacing around the warm-up room all morning as the start time approached. There was a guy at this meet ......
Dumb Movie Questions, Greg Everett
Dumb Movie Questions
Greg Everett  |  November 19 2013  |  General Training
People seemed to like my previous Dumb Weightlifting Questions blog post, so I figured it would be a more entertaining way to get some information across about American Weightlifting. These are all real questions or comments I’ve received, sometimes paraphrased or combined with others.      Why isn’t [insert your favorite coach or athlete] in the movie? He’s coached/been an Olympian!   I’m not sure why this is a surprise to anyone, but I couldn&rs......
Equipment & Supplements: What I Use, Greg Everett
Equipment & Supplements: What I Use
Greg Everett  |  July 16 2013  |  General Training
A lot of the questions we get at Catalyst Athletics are regarding equipment and personal gear, so I thought it would make sense to lay out all the gear we use here at the gym and what I use personally, from wraps and straps to supplements and barbells.   Equipment   Knee Sleeves I typically use knee sleeves only when cleaning, squatting or jerking heavy. I don’t wear them when snatching. The support of neoprene sleeves is great when you’re squatting or jerking, but they......
Shut Up, Flexibility, Greg Everett
Shut Up, Flexibility
Greg Everett  |  June 12 2013  |  General Training
A couple weeks ago, I sent out a newsletter in which I talked about the secret to flexibility being no secret at all, but simply commitment over time to work and consistency. In other words, there are no magic tricks or secret formulas or fancy gadgets that will suddenly increase your flexibility without any work. I think a lot of people waste inordinate amounts of time reading, watching videos, planning programs in their heads, and doing everything other than actually stretching, and find thems......
A New Year at Catalyst Athletics, Greg Everett
A New Year at Catalyst Athletics
Greg Everett  |  January 1 2013  |  General Training
I’m starting off 2013 sitting in my backyard with a cup of coffee enjoying the sun and a rare day off. I tend not to be a very publicly sentimental fellow, but I have to say 2012 was an incredible year and I’m more excited for 2013 than I have been for any other year previously. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but there is something undeniably meaningful about beginning a new phase of life each year that I won’t pretend doesn’t affect me. This last yea......
Dumb Weightlifting Questions, Greg Everett
Dumb Weightlifting Questions
Greg Everett  |  October 17 2012  |  General Training
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 Performance Menu next month, but I figured these shouldn't go to waste. Please note that none of these a......
Weightlifting and Relationships....Yeesh, Matt Foreman
Weightlifting and Relationships....Yeesh
Matt Foreman  |  May 22 2012  |  General Training
I once broke up with a girlfriend because I had a bad squat workout. Seriously, I did. I was around twenty at the time, dating this saucy little redhead. We were having a lot of fun for a few months, baking brownies and playing Uno, all the cool stuff you do when you’re going out with somebody at that age. Then one day I went to the gym and my front squats folded me like a card table. I was convinced that my girlfriend was making me soft, that my legs were getting weak from too much Uno......
How To Avoid Sucking When You Get Older, Matt Foreman
How To Avoid Sucking When You Get Older
Matt Foreman  |  May 15 2012  |  General Training
How many of you have seen a movie called Vision Quest? It’s a 1985 flick about a high school wrestler who wants to make his mark in life by accomplishing something huge, so he decides to drop two weight classes and challenge the toughest undefeated grappler in the state. Along the way, he falls in love for the first time and has to weave through all the confusion and frustration that go along with that. It’s a fantastic story about being young, about searching for a direction to go w......
Risks, Decisions, and Courage, Matt Foreman
Risks, Decisions, and Courage
Matt Foreman  |  April 26 2012  |  General Training
This one might not grab you right at the beginning. But if you stay with me until the end, I promise we’ll get something good out of it. If you’ve read some of my other stuff, you know I’m a fan of Ernest Hemingway. I don’t know if any of you have interest in him or his works, but I’ve been reading him for years and I’ve also learned quite a bit about his life. As we know, he’s generally regarded as one of the best authors in history. But aside from ......
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