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Modifying Weightlifting Training Programs, Greg Everett
Modifying Weightlifting Training Programs
Greg Everett  |  May 31 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
One of the most common type of emails I get involve questions regarding how to modify the Catalyst daily workouts or other programs to be fewer days/week. This can be for a number of reasons, most commonly because people are able to train only a certain number of days each week due to scheduling conflicts, are trying to do other training along with weightlifting, or feel they will be unable to recover from five or six days of training per week. Obviously these different reasons for modificat......
Strength Lifts and Classic Lifts for Weightlifting, Greg Everett
Strength Lifts and Classic Lifts for Weightlifting
Greg Everett  |  May 7 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
This discussion will not die, so I will poke at it a bit more. US weightlifters need to get stronger. This is the refrain repeated endlessly from many outside the weightlifting community. From inside the community, the response is essentially a unanimous agreement in principle - of course in a strength sport athletes need to get stronger. Where the argument really exists is with regard to what exactly that means and how to achieve it. First, weightlifters compete in the snatch and clean &......
Weightlifting Technique Drills & Training Lifts, Greg Everett
Weightlifting Technique Drills & Training Lifts
Greg Everett  |  April 29 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
There seems to be a bit of discussion on technique training and strength training for weightlifters, and it's made me think of a couple points I want to clarify. First, how do you define a technique drill or a training exercise? In my opinion, the difference is based on the purpose, and a symptom is usually different loading and volume. We should also understand the difference between these two things and a learning/teaching drill. A learning drill is an exercise intended to teach someone a ......
Everett Volume Squat Cycle, Greg Everett
Everett Volume Squat Cycle
Greg Everett  |  March 18 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
One of the requests that came in numerous times during our reader survey was to see actual training programs for individuals. I have posted sample weeks a couple times before, and I believe one entire program, but never in complete detail. I'm reluctant to post the programs I write for my better lifters simply because I like playing that kind of stuff close to the chest. I may get over that eventually, but for now, I'm going to post my own current training cycle week by week and try to give s......
Correcting Jerk Weaknesses, Greg Everett
Correcting Jerk Weaknesses
Greg Everett  |  March 11 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Gerasimos Asks: Hello i want to ask a question about jerk training. When a lifter has a weak jerk (strength or technique) is better to perform jerk and assistance exercises in front or behind the head? There are a huge number of possible causes for problems with the jerk. Since this question explicitly asks about both strength and technique, yet doesn't describe any specific issue, I'll try to cover both topics in a general sense without being so vague it's useless. Eventually I'll try......
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......
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