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Don't let my patella hit you in the face, Matt Foreman
Don't let my patella hit you in the face
Matt Foreman  |  October 18 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
“Ouch, that looks like it really hurts your knees!”   If you’re a weightlifter, try to make a mental list of how many times you’ve heard somebody say this to you. Irritating, isn’t it? Civilians have always seemed to have this perception that weightlifting is a bone snapping slaughterhouse where it’s just a matter of time before you jump into the bottom position of a clean and your patella will fire out of your body and shoot across the room. I guess it......
I lost my technique, and now I'm upset, Matt Foreman
I lost my technique, and now I'm upset
Matt Foreman  |  October 10 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’ve always thought that one of the most frustrating things about being a weightlifter is that you can lose your technique.   Let me explain what I mean when I say “lose your technique,” although anybody who has been an Olympic lifter for any extended time period already knows exactly what I’m talking about. So…you’re learning the snatch and the clean and jerk, which are probably two of the most difficult skills in any branch of athletics. Yo......
The Power Snatch: Uses & Cautions, Greg Everett
The Power Snatch: Uses & Cautions
Greg Everett  |  October 5 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’ve nearly always defined a power snatch (or clean) by a receipt above a parallel squat. This is how I was taught. For the most part, I continue to use this definition because it’s served me fine. However, at times I change my expectations based on what I want achieved. My other definition is no less than a 90-degree angle at the knee. This is a considerably higher receiving position—there is no question at this height of whether or not a lift can be classified as power. You w......
Sewage Shake, Mike Gray
Sewage Shake
Mike Gray  |  September 18 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I dig the nutritional aspect of the weightlifting game. I really try to get the most out of what I eat and I love to come in just under my weight while trying to hold onto the most amount of muscle I can. Watching what I eat has always been pretty important to me and having to make weight gives me even more reason to really think about what I consume. I have read plenty about post-workout nutrition and I understand its importance so I devised a shake that tries to encompass everything I bel......
Trust and the Art of Competition, Jocelyn Forest
Trust and the Art of Competition
Jocelyn Forest  |  September 16 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
“Uh, odds are they are probably basic white, cotton, underpants. But I sort of think well maybe they're silk panties, maybe it's a thong. Maybe it's something really cool that I don't even know about. You know, and uh, and I started feeling... what? What I thought we were in the trust tree in the nest, were we not?” – Frank Ricard (Will Ferrell) I have a crazy love affair with weightlifting.  I didn’t mean for it to happen, it just sort of did.   It all......
DO NOT WANT, Audra Dunning
DO NOT WANT
Audra Dunning  |  September 12 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
“DO NOT WANT” – three little, but effective words stated to me by Greg one day during practice when I did a clean off the blocks that was so horrendous, even I had to glance at him with a look of terror and somewhat disbelief as I was still completing the lift. For Greg of all people to have absolutely no other feedback or critique other than DO NOT WANT, the message came through pretty damn loud and clear!! Some days, I feel like this statement is the theme of my entire pr......
Hips, Meet Bar: The Extension of the Snatch and Clean, Greg Everett
Hips, Meet Bar: The Extension of the Snatch and Clean
Greg Everett  |  September 9 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Some topics seem to generate more heat that others, and for some reason, the question of how a barbell should come into contact with the body during the snatch and clean seems to get some people extraordinarily wound up. I personally don’t lose any sleep over how anyone else lifts or teaches the lifts. I may agree or disagree, but I don’t let it upset me too much. The following will undoubtedly further upset the same people who are already upset. In my humble opinion, there is mor......
New Programs!, Mike Gray
New Programs!
Mike Gray  |  September 2 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I have to say I love them. It’s that start of a new program that has limitless possibilities that I really enjoy. The thought of new PR's and the day to day battle that just gets me fired up to get started. I have a system I have used for years when it comes to programs starting way back when with that "ADD 50lbs TO YOUR BENCH ROUTINE" out of an old MM2k Magazine that really just grounded your shoulders to dust and made sure I never wanted to flat bench ever again. 1.......
Hook Grip or Not Overhead in the Snatch, Greg Everett
Hook Grip or Not Overhead in the Snatch
Greg Everett  |  August 20 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A common question is whether or not a lifter should keep the hook grip overhead in the snatch. This is one of those issues that doesn't have a simple answer: what works best can vary among lifters. The main issue while holding a barbell overhead is stability: obviously the athlete needs to be able to support the weight. The hand and wrist need to be able to settle in under the weight of the bar to create a cradle that balances the weight properly and doesn''t cause injury. Lifters need to co......
Improving the Clean through a Better Turnover, Greg Everett
Improving the Clean through a Better Turnover
Greg Everett  |  August 12 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A lot more attention tends to be paid to the third pull or turnover of the snatch than the clean, likely because the consequences of poor execution tend to be more dramatic and obvious, but the turnover of the clean deserves its own share of attention. The timing and precision of the turnover in the clean can be the difference between a make and a miss, or can prevent the recovery from being so taxing that a subsequent jerk fails. An idea I commonly talk about with my lifters is attempting to......
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