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Missing Snatches Behind: Diagnosis & Correction, Greg Everett
Missing Snatches Behind: Diagnosis & Correction
Greg Everett  |  November 24 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
We’ve all done it—missed a snatch behind and reassured ourselves by saying a miss behind is better than a miss in front. I would agree that in some cases this is true, but definitely not always, and the causes of a miss behind need to be identified and corrected just like any other miss. Following are the most common reasons for misses behind and ways to fix them.     Excessively Wide Grip   One of the simplest reasons for frequent misses behind that is commonly o......
What You SHOULD Be Learning From the World Championship, Matt Foreman
What You SHOULD Be Learning From the World Championship
Matt Foreman  |  November 17 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m writing this article as the 2014 World Weightlifting Championships are coming to an end. For the last week, we’ve been watching the best lifters on the planet break world records and battle for medals. The internet has been on fire with videos of these hellacious performances.  The competitive excitement has been blowing our minds. You get the point. Basically, the weightlifting community has spent the last week with an erection bigger than the Burj Khali......
Tunnel Vision vs. Training ADD, Matt Foreman
Tunnel Vision vs. Training ADD
Matt Foreman  |  November 3 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
There’s a right time for almost everything. There’s a time for peace, and a time for war. There’s a time for pizza, and a time for vegetables. There’s a time for celibacy, and a time for festive fornication.   In your weightlifting life, there’s a time for tunnel vision, and a time for training ADD.   Let me give you the definitions of those terms so you know what the hell I’m talking about.   Tunnel vision: This is a phase of your trainin......
The 1 Kilo Rule: Set Yourself up for Success, Greg Everett
The 1 Kilo Rule: Set Yourself up for Success
Greg Everett  |  October 27 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Weightlifting is a sport in which the rate of progress declines pretty reliably over time. That is, the longer you train, the more slowly you make progress. As you reach the time past the beginning and intermediate stages in which progress is measured in small numbers over large spans of time, having sound programming and strategy is even more important. Part of that is doing everything you can to provide opportunities to measure that progress. There’s an almost irresistible compulsion......
Your Arms Are Like Ropes. True or False?, Matt Foreman
Your Arms Are Like Ropes. True or False?
Matt Foreman  |  October 20 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
“Your arms are like ropes.”   I don’t remember the first time I heard this, but I know it was right in the beginning when I was learning the OLifts. I’ve continued to hear it (and use it) throughout my career.   In case you’ve never heard anybody say this, it’s a technical cue that’s intended to reduce premature arm pull in the snatch or clean. As you already know, weightlifters are supposed to use their legs, hips, back and shoul......
A Simple Guide to Competition Warm-ups, Greg Everett
A Simple Guide to Competition Warm-ups
Greg Everett  |  October 7 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
One of the most common questions I get through the various media through which I’m connected interminably to the weightlifting world is how to properly warm-up for competition. A lot of people are trying weightlifting competition for the first time and have no coach, and a lot of coaches are finding new athletes who want to try competition, and neither know how exactly it all works in the warm-up room. Understandably, this is a source of a great deal of stress and nervousness. I’m go......
(Over) Analyzing & (Over) Coaching, Matt Foreman
(Over) Analyzing & (Over) Coaching
Matt Foreman  |  September 29 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I think I’ll get straight to the point with this one. We’re going to take a look at coaches and athletes who overanalyze every lift. Ooohhh, I bet I’m hitting close to home with this subject. We’ve got some guilty parties out there, right? Some of you are lifters, and you pick apart every single rep you perform. Every time you do a snatch, clean, jerk, etc., you find six things you did wrong. You jumped forward a little, you didn’t finish your pull, you d......
The 80% - 90% Gap Program, Matt Foreman
The 80% - 90% Gap Program
Matt Foreman  |  September 15 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I know what you want.   Seriously, I do. I’m using my telepathic powers again. I can see inside your noggin.   You want some new training ideas.   Was I right? (you’re all nodding your heads) Yeah, I knew it.   Okay, I’m gonna give you a program you probably haven’t heard of. Maybe you’ll give it a whirl someday, either using it yourself or with the athletes you coach.   I call this the “80-90% Gap” program. Let me expl......
The Clean and Jerk Rack Positions, Greg Everett
The Clean and Jerk Rack Positions
Greg Everett  |  September 8 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Weightlifting has quite a few layers—you can learn the snatch and clean & jerk in a few minutes, but you can then spend a lifetime learning how to perform them better. It’s an odd combination of joy and frustration. There are countless minor details that collectively can make dramatic differences in lift performance—the rack positions for the clean and the jerk are perfect examples of this. The following are some of the more important of those details that should improve yo......
The Ballsiest Lifter in History... and You, Matt Foreman
The Ballsiest Lifter in History... and You
Matt Foreman  |  September 3 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
How many of you have heard of an old Soviet weightlifter named Yuri Zakharevich? Probably not many, I’m guessing. He’s one of the greatest in history, but his prime was in the 80s. So he’s before your time, unless you happen to be a veteran or lifting historian. You newbies have never seen anything like Yuri. He lifted like he was sent here from another galaxy. It’s still almost incomprehensible how good this dude was. On March 4th,1983, he snatched 200 kg (440 l......
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