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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......
Grip Strength Program for Weightlifting, Greg Everett
Grip Strength Program for Weightlifting
Greg Everett  |  April 30 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I've written about grip strength for weightlifting before, but have remained fairly vague with regard to actual training protocols. This time, I’m going to give you a simple program that you can start using right away as is, or modify a bit to suit your training schedule or individual needs. When it comes to grip strength for weightlifting, really what we’re talking about is the snatch. It’s unlikely that anyone would be able to hang on to the bar well in the snatch but not ......
Where Have All The PRs Gone?, Aimee Anaya Everett
Where Have All The PRs Gone?
Aimee Anaya Everett  |  April 24 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
“Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves—to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today.” - Unknown Do you know what weightlifting is? It is the worst bitch you could ever encounter. It frustrates you, makes you cry on the inside, doesn’t take yes for an answer, and fucks all your shit up. Mentally and physically. Weightlifting continually tells you no. It pulls when you want to push and it pushes when you wa......
Lowering the Bar Safely in the Snatch, Clean and Jerk, Greg Everett
Lowering the Bar Safely in the Snatch, Clean and Jerk
Greg Everett  |  April 16 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Generally snatches, cleans and jerks are dropped to the floor after the completion of successful reps. But when an athlete is doing multiple reps of the snatch or clean from the hang, or multiple consecutive reps in the jerk, push press or other overhead lifts, the athlete will need to lower the bar under control to the appropriate position. This can be intimidating and made unnecessarily difficult and unsafe if the athlete doesn’t know how to lower the bar properly. When lowering the b......
Back to the Bottom: Squat Stance in the Snatch and Clean, Matt Foreman
Back to the Bottom: Squat Stance in the Snatch and Clean
Matt Foreman  |  March 20 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
  I went to a weightlifting meet last weekend where almost sixty lifters were competing. It was a huge contest and a very long day, but it was a great one too. As with all local meets, there was a wide range of athletes in attendance. I recognized a few experienced names from recent national championship competitions, and of course there was also a large crowd of newcomers who were still in the early stages of their weightlifting training. As I watched lift after lift, I got......
Hot Streaks in Weightlifting, Volume Two, Matt Foreman
Hot Streaks in Weightlifting, Volume Two
Matt Foreman  |  March 9 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Have you ever sat down and written out your lifting goals on paper? I think it’s part of being on a hot streak. When your lifts are going through the roof, you start to think about how much progress you’re going to make in the future months based on what you’ve done recently. So you plan out a month-to-month max out schedule, or maybe you plan out a whole year of meets if you’re a competitive lifter. You write a timetable where you’re going ......
Hot Streaks in Weightlifting, Volume One, Matt Foreman
Hot Streaks in Weightlifting, Volume One
Matt Foreman  |  February 28 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Let’s talk about “hot streaks.”   Plainly stated, a hot streak is a time period where you’re making major progress. Training is basically perfect, competitions are huge successes, and personal records are falling like Irishmen on payday. It’s a phase you hit where you’re just kicking serious ass, plain and simple. You’re en fuego!   Both athletes and coaches have hot streaks from time to time. As an athlete, it’s p......
The Pusher Don't Care: Ibuprofen and Weightlifting, Matt Foreman
The Pusher Don't Care: Ibuprofen and Weightlifting
Matt Foreman  |  February 16 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
What’s your opinion about ibuprofen?   I know it’s a subject that some of you probably aren’t hip to. Based on what I’ve seen on Catalyst Athletics, I think we’ve got pretty educated readers. It’s obvious from the comments I see on this website that many of you do thorough research on things, so I’m sure there are a lot of you who have done some reading on ibuprofen.    Consequently, I’m betting that many of you have ne......
Six Truths of Olympic Weightlifting Technique, Greg Everett
Six Truths of Olympic Weightlifting Technique
Greg Everett  |  February 14 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
When it comes to weightlifting technique, there are disagreements. Some are legitimate, some are questionable, and a few are downright silly. But when you sift through it all, there are a few universal Truths when it comes to the snatch and clean. If you can make these following six things happen with a given technical style, you can probably make it work for you. Truth 1: The lifter and barbell system must remain balanced over the feet. This is pretty simple. If the balance of the system do......
What a Lovely Bottom, Matt Foreman
What a Lovely Bottom
Matt Foreman  |  February 2 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Okay, a little personal information is necessary to write this post. I have to talk about myself so I can transition into talking about you. For those of you who don’t know, I had a major knee surgery back in June 2011. It was ACL reconstruction, which is the big kahuna. My surgeon told me that I would be able to expect the following recovery progression after the operation:   -  Six weeks post-surgery- box squats above parallel -  Ten-twelve......
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