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Homeostasis: The Basis of Training, Bob Takano
Homeostasis: The Basis of Training
Bob Takano  |  November 5 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post about protoplasm. I think that periodically it helps to refresh our minds about the medium with which we coaches are working and so I’ve gone ahead and written down some thoughts about how protoplasm works with respect to training. These concepts are important for coaches, both new and veteran, to keep in mind as they go about restructuring and re-engineering the protoplasm of their athletes. The concept of homeostasis is an absolutely vital o......
Technical Glitches I'm Seeing A LOT These Days, Pt.1, Matt Foreman
Technical Glitches I'm Seeing A LOT These Days, Pt.1
Matt Foreman  |  October 28 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Believe it or not, I hate writing about weightlifting technique. No matter what you say, somebody is going to disagree or challenge it. Even if you write one of the most basic, universally understood ideas in weightlifting, it’ll still get second-guessed by some keyboard legend. I could write "To win weightlifting competitions, you have to lift more weight than your competitors" and some numbnuts would tell me I was wrong. This gets annoying. But I'm gonna write about techniqu......
A Weightlifting Lesson From Miley Cyrus, Matt Foreman
A Weightlifting Lesson From Miley Cyrus
Matt Foreman  |  October 14 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A few days ago, Miley Cyrus got on the Today Show and told Matt Lauer that people are no longer sexual after they turn 40. I think this is bad news for a lot of us, especially weightlifters. You see, many of you are starting to get a little older. I’ve learned a lot about the people who read the articles and blogs on Catalyst, and I know we’ve got a wide range of ages. Some of you are in your 20s, but a lot of you are in your 30s and 40s too (and older). This is why Miley&rsqu......
Oh, and Don't Forget... The Bulgarian System, Bob Takano
Oh, and Don't Forget... The Bulgarian System
Bob Takano  |  October 7 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I continue to hear about lifters that are fascinated with the Bulgarian method of training, practice it and swear that it is THE WAY to train. I’m speaking about the practice of going up to max singles on every lift every training day. We first heard about this approach when Dr. Terry Todd wrote an article about Naim Suleymanoglu’s lifting for Sports Illustrated in 1984. Most of us were stunned as we had never heard about such a radical departure from accepted training orthodoxy......
Lift Before You Lift, Greg Everett
Lift Before You Lift
Greg Everett  |  October 1 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
You all know how I feel about warming up. I've spent a lot of time explaining it. If you've missed it somehow, I'll distill my thesis to its essence: If you're not warming-up, you're not tough or elite, you're lazy. Aside from warming up in a general way, we can do some things specific to weightlifting to help even more specifically with the lift(s) we're about to do. These are just a few of my favorite pre-lift lifts. Sots Presses… But Don’t Call One of Them That T......
MOM!! THE MEATLOAF!!, Matt Foreman
MOM!! THE MEATLOAF!!
Matt Foreman  |  September 30 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I told a lie recently. One of my students asked me, “What’s your most embarrassing moment ever?” I replied with, “I can’t really think of one, because I don’t get embarrassed easily.” The part about not getting embarrassed easily is true, but it’s a lie to say that I can’t think of a most embarrassing moment. I can definitely think of one, and I’m going to tell you what it is. I got pissed off in a workout one day and I kicked......
I Wish..., Mike Gray
I Wish...
Mike Gray  |  September 26 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I wish I liked the clean and jerk as much I like the snatch. I wish I liked to work as much I love going to the gym to lift. I wish I liked mobility work. I wish I had bought 100 pairs of the Adidas 2008 AdiStar shoes because apparently every dude between the ages of 15 and 50 think those will make him become Klokov according to the prices they are going for on Ebay I wish my knee’s would feel like they do in 7mm Rehbands and heavy dose of Sombra, all the time. I wish my qua......
Your Pain Tolerance, And Your Creamy Filling, Matt Foreman
Your Pain Tolerance, And Your Creamy Filling
Matt Foreman  |  September 16 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Let’s take a look at your pain tolerance. I don’t need to tell you that weightlifting involves dealing with some pain. And this blog would be about six lines long if I applied the old “just suck it up and deal with it” mentality to the whole issue. We could just blurt out that mantra and be done with it. But here’s the thing, brothers and sisters… It’s not always as simple as “just suck it up and deal with it.” There are a few things ......
How To Fix Disgusting Mutant Technique, Matt Foreman
How To Fix Disgusting Mutant Technique
Matt Foreman  |  September 2 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
We were talking about building great technique in my last blog post, and I used the phrase “disgusting mutant CrossFit power snatch technique” to describe what it looks like when you do the OLifts incorrectly. I’m glad everybody understood what I was saying, and why I said it. Obviously, I wasn’t slamming CrossFit. If anybody took it that way, they missed the point. Many people do the OLifts with ugly technique. In CrossFit, this is common (and understandable) because ......
The 1,000 Rep Problem, Matt Foreman
The 1,000 Rep Problem
Matt Foreman  |  August 19 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I need to use a hypothetical situation (and a hypothetical conversation) to get to the point of this post. So visualize this with me… The situation is a workout where I’m coaching a beginner/intermediate lifter I’ve been working with for a while. The athlete is getting ready to start doing some snatches. Lifter: “Coach, my snatch technique is almost right. I can feel it. I know we’ve been trying to get my form locked in, and I can tell I’m just about th......
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