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Abs/Back: What Does it All Mean?, Greg Everett
Abs/Back: What Does it All Mean?
Greg Everett  |  April 10 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I rarely prescribe specific ab work to my lifters. More often I prescribe specific back work, but there are many times when I write something like “abs/back” on a lifter’s program. This is not code for “go home” as my wife always believed when our coach, Mike Burgener, wrote it on her program. It’s an expectation that the athlete knows what he or she should be doing and will take the initiative to do it. Admittedly, this is an expectation that often leads to d......
Things You Can Get Rid of & Things You Can't, Matt Foreman
Things You Can Get Rid of & Things You Can't
Matt Foreman  |  April 7 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
You’re all adults, right? I think that’s accurate. I don’t think many kids read these articles. They’re too busy being young, screwing around with their friends and playing video games. Instead of reading Catalyst and getting an education about how to be better weightlifters, they would rather play Grand Theft Auto and get a 1,000-point bonus for shooting a crack whore in the face with an Uzi. That’s what kids these days like to do. Maybe I’m wrong,......
HOAs, Bringing Something to the Table & Just Being Flat-out Lucky, Mike Gray
HOAs, Bringing Something to the Table & Just Being Flat-out Lucky
Mike Gray  |  April 2 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
In August of last year my beautiful wife and I bought a brand new 3-story loft that had an attached 2-car garage with ceilings just barely high enough for me to lift in. I was so excited, as I had basically been raised in garage gyms since I started Olympic lifting at Coach Burgener’s years ago. I was finally going to be able to take all my weights out of my buddy’s garage and set up shop once again and lift in the sanctuary of my own place. So I went to work and got everything I nee......
Adapting to the Grind: Mental Toughness & Visualization for Weightlifting, Jasha Faye
Adapting to the Grind: Mental Toughness & Visualization for Weightlifting
Jasha Faye  |  March 26 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Olympic weightlifting requires the strength of a silverback gorilla, the speed of a cobra, the flexibility of a gymnast, and it helps to have the heart of a lion. But none of these qualities will make a champion without one ingredient. Even all of these attributes together donʼt amount to shit without one thing: dogged determination. Lifting weights is hard. Snatching is really hard. You may be really strong but you probably suck at snatching. It’s like swinging a golf club. So. Fu......
Some Advice That Changed My Whole Career, Matt Foreman
Some Advice That Changed My Whole Career
Matt Foreman  |  March 24 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
When I was 20 years old, I left my home in Arizona and moved to Washington because I wanted to join the Calpian weightlifting team and be coached by John Thrush. At that time, my lifting had been in the toilet for over a year. My injuries were outnumbering my PRs, and I was getting my ass kicked at big meets. I knew I had the talent to be a top national-level lifter, but I needed the right guidance and leadership. When I had my first few conversations with John, I was ready to do anythin......
More Technique Work In the Jerk, Bob Takano
More Technique Work In the Jerk
Bob Takano  |  March 19 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
This past weekend I attended and coached in the St. Patrick’s Day Weightlifting Championships, an annual event held at Cal State University, Fullerton by LWC chair Danny McDermott. There were well over a hundred lifters, many of them first timers, and as might be expected a large number of developing coaches. I noted that a good number of the new lifters are doing one or two things very well in their pulling technique and that is a step forward. Many of the coaches seemed to have a be......
Proper Approach to Competition, Travis Cooper
Proper Approach to Competition
Travis Cooper  |  March 17 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Approaching competition can be very stressful for a beginner or experienced lifter without proper planning. Competition requires you to get out of your comfort zone in several different areas, which can disrupt your mindset. Having a plan in place keeps your mind from being disrupted too much.   Pre-Travel As a competition approaches, one of the main things that you must do as a lifter is trust the plan that you and your coach created in the beginning of the training cycle. When ......
Body Image & Bodyweight in Weightlifting, Jessica Salvaggio
Body Image & Bodyweight in Weightlifting
Jessica Salvaggio  |  March 12 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Like most women, my weight fluctuates. Unlike the majority of women, I compete in a sport with weight classes. What I weigh and how much I lift determine how successful I am in this sport. When I eat the same consistently and still fluctuate, it causes some conflict with competition. Some days I'm 61kg and some days I'm 57kg. I've always struggled with the decision between cutting weight and not feeling as good at the competition or moving up a weight class and having the disadvantage of being s......
Why I Train With My Garage Door Open, Matt Foreman
Why I Train With My Garage Door Open
Matt Foreman  |  March 10 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’ve been training in my garage a lot over the last couple of years. I built a platform in there two summers ago, which is something I used to think I would never do. All throughout my career, I’ve really enjoyed “going to the gym” to train, which means leaving home and driving someplace else to lift with other people. I never used to think I would like working out at home by myself, but I do. I like it a lot. When I’m in my garage getting my swole on, I li......
When Do You Reach Technical Mastery?, Bob Takano
When Do You Reach Technical Mastery?
Bob Takano  |  March 7 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Learning proper weightlifting technique is an important subject for so many athletes these days. Not only are many people involved in learning the snatch and clean & jerk, but it appears that there are a significant number of people teaching it if the numbers that have taken the USAW L1 course is any indication. It is important I believe to identify the stages of technical mastery so that aspiring technicians have some sort of roadmap to follow as they progress from neophyte to master te......
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