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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......
Dilemmas of Competition and Retirement, Matt Foreman
Dilemmas of Competition and Retirement
Matt Foreman  |  January 29 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I love it when I read things that get me thinking, because that’s when I get ideas for stuff to write.   One of the recent posts on this blog was from my friend Aimee Anaya Everett Fergie Madonna Spears, and one of the big questions in it was whether or not she wants to continue competing in weightlifting.  Powerful writing with tons of heartfelt honesty, as is always the case with her.  However, I was also really interested in all the comments that followed her blog. ......
Motivation, Aimee Anaya Everett
Motivation
Aimee Anaya Everett  |  January 24 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
What do you do when the thing you thought you loved is actually making you miserable? You find the reason. You have a good way of lying to yourself… I think that is where the old saying came from: your heart wants one thing but your mind wants another. Here is my life story. And I am choked up and my eyes are clouded with tears, because I have to admit what I have known all along.  When I train I listen to Vanilla Ice. I bounce around to Britney Spears and Michael Jackson. I stre......
Coach, I totally get it now! Coaching Cues, Matt Foreman
Coach, I totally get it now! Coaching Cues
Matt Foreman  |  January 20 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Here’s a weird little phenomenon to think about, because it’s something that works as a blessing for an athlete and an irritation for a coach.    In your time as a lifter, have you ever had a situation where somebody gives you a technical piece of advice that totally makes everything click? This is probably a small suggestion, usually from a random person who isn’t your regular coach, and you feel like the secret of the universe has been unlocked when you hear ......
The Point: Technique for Olympic Weightlifting, Greg Everett
The Point: Technique for Olympic Weightlifting
Greg Everett  |  January 17 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I spend a lot of time on this website and elsewhere discussing weightlifting technique, often in intolerably boring detail. Why technical proficiency is necessary and important is been mentioned with regard to things like CrossFit™ and athletic training, but it occurred to me last night that I can’t think of a time when I’ve said explicitly why it’s important for… weightlifters. Maybe this is unnecessary and I’m concerned for no reason, but presumably you&......
Maybe They're Not THAT Bad: Personalities in the Gym, Matt Foreman
Maybe They're Not THAT Bad: Personalities in the Gym
Matt Foreman  |  January 11 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m just going to ask you a blunt question, okay? Here it goes.   How often do you have to spend time in the gym with people you don’t like?   Think about the times, present or past, when you have to be around somebody you basically can’t stand. This might be somebody you have to train with as an athlete, somebody you coach, or maybe somebody you have to work with in some other way. Whatever the situation, this person bugs the hell out of you. I hate to ......
The Simplest Olympic Weightlifting Program in the World, Greg Everett
The Simplest Olympic Weightlifting Program in the World
Greg Everett  |  January 5 2012  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I've written down this same program so many times for so many people, I thought it would make sense to put it down here for other people to use. I'm sure things that look a lot like this have been floating around for decades because it makes perfect sense and is remarkably simple. I think I may have stuck it or something very similar in a newsletter at some point in the last couple years as well. The basic structure is as follows: Day 1 Snatch Snatch Pull Front Squat Day 2 Jerk Pus......
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