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Predicting Snatch and Clean & Jerk 1RMs, Greg Everett
Predicting Snatch and Clean & Jerk 1RMs
Greg Everett  |  February 18 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Iain Asks: What do you use as a predictor for a 1rm in the snatch and clean & jerk in training/ competition? (I know that there can be many many variables to consider) This is an interesting question because there are no straightforward answers and a good number of opinions on how to approach it. First let’s talk about training and then we’ll get to competition. For all the 1RM formulas out there, nothing works like actually performing a max lift. There is far too m......
Grip Strength and Training for Weightlifting, Greg Everett
Grip Strength and Training for Weightlifting
Greg Everett  |  November 26 2010  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Grip for the snatch and clean is a topic very important to me personally as someone with relatively small hands. For most lifters my size, grip is not an issue because they tend to have fairly large hands and easily get better coverage on the bar. Even my lovely wife Aimee's fingers are almost as long as mine, and she gets to lift on a bar 3 mm smaller. There are a million ways to train grip strength and related abilities and quite an array of movements and positions. However, if we're t......
The Push Press: Use Your Legs, Greg Everett
The Push Press: Use Your Legs
Greg Everett  |  November 13 2010  |  Olympic Weightlifting
An exercise I use very frequently both in training and teaching is the push press. The push press has tremendous utility in a multitude of senses and should definitely be a staple of any strength training program. As an intermediary between the press and the jerk, the push press largely splits the difference and shares features of both the press and jerk. Interestingly (at least to me), I see the majority of people thinking of it strictly as an upper body movement, and being more closely rel......
Bodyweight & Weightlifting Competition, Greg Everett
Bodyweight & Weightlifting Competition
Greg Everett  |  October 15 2010  |  Olympic Weightlifting
One of the obvious questions in a sport with bodyweight categories is which category to compete in. This will vary among athletes and sports. The scheduling of weigh-ins is probably the biggest determining factor in how dramatically an athlete can play with his or her weight. In sports with weigh-ins 24 hours before competition, huge amounts of weight can be lost through dehydration to make weight, and then subsequently gained back with no detrimental effects. In the sport of weightlifting, on t......
The Role of Strength in Weightlifting, Greg Everett
The Role of Strength in Weightlifting
Greg Everett  |  August 1 2010  |  Olympic Weightlifting
While the premise of this article may at first strike readers as odd, considering that weightlifting, despite considerable elements of skill and speed, is very clearly a strength sport, there exist quite a few perspectives regarding the role of strength in the training of weightlifters; or, more accurately, regarding the appropriate degree of emphasis of what might be considered non-specific strength work. The spectrum is represented on one end by Bulgarian-style training, involving little o......
Weightlifting Program Design Case Study, Greg Everett
Weightlifting Program Design Case Study
Greg Everett  |  June 29 2010  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Program design is one of those topics that is overwhelming both to read and write about. Most literature is necessarily nebulous and vague, and individuals interested in learning more often find themselves inundated with a collection of concepts that fail to fit together easily than with a set of practical rules they can implement. So instead of talking about ideas in this article, I want to run through the process of actually designing a real program and discuss the rationale for various de......
Championship Weightlifting by Tommy Kono: Book Excerpt, Tommy Kono
Championship Weightlifting by Tommy Kono: Book Excerpt
Tommy Kono  |  March 31 2010  |  Olympic Weightlifting
We were fortunate enough to get a preview from Tommy Kono of his upcoming second book, expected out later this year. As the following article explains, this new book will delve into the mental game of weightlifting—lessons that can surely be applied to any sport. Kono was one of the greatest weightlifters in the sport, and his insights are invaluable. —Greg Everett I won two Olympic gold medals, one silver, was eight consecutive years World Champion, set 26 world records sprea......
Back Training for Weightlifting, Greg Everett
Back Training for Weightlifting
Greg Everett  |  February 27 2010  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Because the classic lifts and common supplemental exercises such as squats and pulls naturally provide a considerable workload for the muscles of the lower and middle back, generally this area will require somewhat less specific training than the anterior and lateral aspects of the torso. For convenience, we can classify core work in terms of body regions, type of muscle activation, and type of movement, and do so in a manner that facilitates effective training. The two broadest categories a......
Controlling the Tornado: Planning Your Weightlifting Training, Matt Foreman
Controlling the Tornado: Planning Your Weightlifting Training
Matt Foreman  |  October 28 2009  |  Olympic Weightlifting
This article will be focused on planning out your training program. And you’re out of your mind if you think I’m going to start with a slogan that you’ve already heard a million times like "Failing to plan is planning to fail." This slogan is a proven truth, but it should be painfully obvious. I shouldn’t have to remind you that planning is important any more than I should have to remind you not to eat yellow snow. However, there is obviously a good reason w......
The Olympic Lift Starting Position, Greg Everett
The Olympic Lift Starting Position
Greg Everett  |  February 28 2009  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Before we continue, let’s first establish what exactly we’re talking about. Most importantly, we need to understand this: The purpose of the starting position (and first pull) is to allow an optimal second & third pull. If you take away only one point from this entire article, it should be that one. If you don’t understand that, none of the following details explaining or describing the starting position will matter. The second pull of the snatch and clean is the ......
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