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Competition Preparation: Don't Forget the Details, Greg Everett
Competition Preparation: Don't Forget the Details
Greg Everett  |  July 14 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
As the National Championships approach, I figured a competition preparation article was in order. We’ve published a few articles on the subject before, so I want to focus on some details that often go overlooked.   Weightlifting competition is about as stressful as it gets due to the circumstances—you’ve spent months and years training for a grand total of six lifts that matter. There are countless factors that contribute to your performance, and many are beyond your con......
The Importance of Celebrating your Success, Travis Cooper
The Importance of Celebrating your Success
Travis Cooper  |  July 7 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
In weightlifting athletes come and go. Some people love the sport for a short period of time and progress very quickly, only to get tired of the sport and quit before they reach their true potential. I have seen a ton of weightlifters with more talent than me quit because they weren't "progressing" fast enough. One thing that is important when learning any skill is to celebrate your successes. Recognizing your progress keeps you interested. Progress in weightlifting may come i......
Efficiency, Bar Paths, New Techniques & Other Things I Hate, Greg Everett
Efficiency, Bar Paths, New Techniques & Other Things I Hate
Greg Everett  |  June 19 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m not sure why this issue is on my mind today, but I’m bothered every time I hear the word efficiency used in reference to improving weightlifting technique.   Let’s just start with definitions of two words courtesy of the only source of information remaining on the planet (remember the olden days when you needed a dictionary and a reasonable knowledge of the alphabet to find a word’s definition?):   Efficient: Achieving maximal productivity with minimum w......
Beating Setbacks and Haters: It's Part of Your Training, Matt Foreman
Beating Setbacks and Haters: It's Part of Your Training
Matt Foreman  |  June 9 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
How many of you know a rap group called Cypress Hill? Some of you probably do, and some of you probably don’t. You might have no idea who I’m talking about, because you’re not a hardcore gangbanger from the hood like me. Most of their songs are about the basic rap topics…smoking dope, shooting people, ho issues, etc. But they’ve got one tune that directly relates to weightlifting. If you’re a lifter, you should know a few things about it because it......
Why Are You Here?, Mike Gray
Why Are You Here?
Mike Gray  |  June 2 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I repack my gym bag every day before I leave to go train. I take out the empty water bottles and replace them with new ones, throw out the balls of pre-wrap and tape, and make sure I have my Jolt gum, clean towel, and two pairs of socks. I do this because I liked to be prepared for what I am going to do and I'm like this with everything I do. Nobody has to tell me to do this this; it’s just a habit, and like many habits, some are great and some are bad. My love of birthday cake ice cream f......
A Masters Weightlifting Program that Worked, Matt Foreman
A Masters Weightlifting Program that Worked
Matt Foreman  |  May 21 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I taught a seminar today on weightlifting programming, focused specifically on loading (how much weight athletes should be lifting in their daily/weekly workouts). Since everybody and their crippled grandmothers are asking about programming these days, I thought I would use a portion of what I taught at the seminar for a blog article. This is a program I designed and used to prepare for one of my own meets in 2008. I’ve included several notes so it’ll make sense, because it&rsqu......
The Team Environment for Olympic Weightlifting, Travis Cooper
The Team Environment for Olympic Weightlifting
Travis Cooper  |  May 19 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A lot of weightlifters do very well training on their own as garage warriors. There is nothing wrong with that, and I commend everyone who digs deep everyday to grind through a workout alone. I have been one of those lifters through certain parts of my career, but in the last four years, I have had a lot of great training partners and team environments that have taken me to the next level. Training with a team is one of the best ways to take your training up a notch or two. The most overlo......
Catching Cleans, Matt Foreman
Catching Cleans
Matt Foreman  |  May 6 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article about how you can improve your snatch technique by concentrating on keeping the bar close to your face when you’re transitioning into the turnover. Want to know a secret about that article? I wrote it over a year ago. I considered posting it several times since then, but I thought it was too simplistic. Basically, I’ve been saying to myself, “People won’t like this one because it’s too basic, nothing special about i......
A Different Thought About Snatch Technique: Keeping the Bar Close, Matt Foreman
A Different Thought About Snatch Technique: Keeping the Bar Close
Matt Foreman  |  April 21 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m taking some risk with this article. I’m gonna give you a technical tip for the snatch. If you do it right, it might fix a lot of your problems. If you do it wrong, you might get hurt. And I don’t want you to get hurt. But as with many things in life, you have to roll the dice sometimes. Many of you put videos of your lifts on the internet, either on this site or somewhere else. You usually do this because you’re looking for some help and advice with your ......
Understanding Sleep for Optimal Recovery & Productivity, Travis Cooper
Understanding Sleep for Optimal Recovery & Productivity
Travis Cooper  |  April 14 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Sleep is the most important part of recovery when it comes to illness, depression, stress and especially training. In regards to weightlifting, without quality sleep, weightlifters cannot properly recover and reach their full potential. There seems to be a lot of misconceptions about sleep and sleep cycles, so hopefully this article will clarify a few things so you will be able to get the most out of your sleep, which will result in optimal training. As seen in the included graph, there are......
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