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The Trouble with Pulls, Greg Everett
The Trouble with Pulls
Greg Everett  |  July 9 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Traditionally, snatch and clean pulls are prescribed as a percentage of a lifter’s maximum snatch or clean. This generally keeps pulls appropriately quick and technically sound rather than allowing them to get slow and change the lifter’s balance and timing. Typically pulls are done with 80-105% of the lifter’s best snatch or clean, and for a lifter who is well-developed technically, this is usually appropriate and effective. However, for newer lifters who nearly always have......
Sample One-Week Training Program, Matt Foreman
Sample One-Week Training Program
Matt Foreman  |  July 8 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A lot of you guys are Performance Menu subscribers, right? For those of you who are, you might have noticed that we’ve been running a special section in the magazine for the past few issues. About eight months ago, I was cleaning out some old boxes in my garage and I found my training journal from 1993. This was when I was twenty-one and training with the Calpian weightlifting club in Washington. For over a year, I literally wrote down every lift, set, and rep I did in training. Absolu......
Jerks: From the Rack or Blocks, Greg Everett
Jerks: From the Rack or Blocks
Greg Everett  |  June 27 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Having our new jerk tables delivered this morning made me think of a common question—when and why do you use jerk blocks or tables and when do you just take the jerk from a rack and bring it back down yourself? This of course is an opinion sort of question, so don’t take the following as some kind of weightlifting fact. Plenty of great jerkers have never once done a jerk workout with blocks. They are not a requirement to having a jerk of any certain caliber. That being said, they&......
Finding Doctors With Answers, Matt Foreman
Finding Doctors With Answers
Matt Foreman  |  June 25 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Let me tell you a fun little story. Back around 1999, I went to see a doctor about the pain in my knees. Like most of you, knee pain was nothing new and I was used to living with it. But in this situation, mine was nasty enough that I decided to take the advice of my coach and see a physician to get it checked out. Now, we had a woman who trained in our gym at the time who was one of those people with all the connections, know what I mean? If you needed a good mechanic to fix your car, she kn......
Change of Pace, Let's Do Some Jerks, Matt Foreman
Change of Pace, Let's Do Some Jerks
Matt Foreman  |  June 18 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
This post will be a little different from what I’ve been putting up lately. I’ve written a lot of stuff in recent weeks about motivation, lifestyle, inspiration, etc. I’ve loved doing it, many of you have given me some really kind words that I won’t forget, and I’ll come back to those subjects in the future. But for right now, let’s just get some straightforward lifting analysis and advice on something that ALL OF US need to work on. We’re talking about ......
Where Our Work Ethic Comes From, Matt Foreman
Where Our Work Ethic Comes From
Matt Foreman  |  June 4 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
We all probably realize that work ethic is one of the most essential qualities a weightlifter can have. When you’re really pushing the limits of your ability in this sport, the physical challenges are beyond almost any other type of activity you’ll ever attempt. If you’re not a hard worker, you don’t have a prayer. I think we learn our work ethic as we grow up. Some of us learn to be hard workers because we come from parents who did it all their lives and, when we bec......
Tighten up the Bar, Lifter Will Repeat., Mike Gray
Tighten up the Bar, Lifter Will Repeat.
Mike Gray  |  May 31 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Just about 6 years ago I entered my first weightlifting meet. I had been Olympic lifting for about 4 months and wanted to get into a meet before I took off for Iraq for the next 7 months. So there was a group traveling from San Diego up to San Francisco for the California State Games at a local High School. It was a great time and I learned plenty about competing in a meet and what the difference between “gym” lifting and “meet” lifting is.  There was one moment/l......
When to Move on, and When to Punch Your Missed Lift in its Stupid Little Mouth, Greg Everett
When to Move on, and When to Punch Your Missed Lift in its Stupid Little Mouth
Greg Everett  |  May 28 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
There are times in a lifter’s life when lifts aren’t made. These times are, of course, the absolute worst, and in those moments following a missed lift, athletes can generally find indisputable proof that they’ll never again succeed, why their abilities have already peaked and they’re finally and terminally on the decline, and why, being in such a stage of life, they no longer have any value to the world. There are two basic responses following a missed lift: To accep......
Starter Program for Catalyst Athletics Online Workouts, Greg Everett
Starter Program for Catalyst Athletics Online Workouts
Greg Everett  |  May 21 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
The following is a 4-week training program that can be used to get started with the training program posted on this website. This is a good cycle to start with if you have not previously been doing the Olympic lifts frequently in your training. Ab work should be done every training day, along with any supplemental work, e.g. back extensions, upper body beach work, etc that you want to do. If you plan to do the conditioning portion of the program, add brief conditioning workouts 2 times per ......
Training with Pain, It's Such a Happy Thing, Matt Foreman
Training with Pain, It's Such a Happy Thing
Matt Foreman  |  May 7 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A neat little motivational motto has been gaining popularity in recent years. It’s the one that says, “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” You’ve seen it, right? It’s all over t-shirts, gym posters, etc. “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” Let’s analyze this. None of us want weakness in our bodies, right? That’s affirmative, captain. So, when weakness leaves our bodies, it’s a good thing. Apparently, it’s a moment of purif......
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