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Olympic Weightlifting Skill Levels Chart, Greg Everett
Olympic Weightlifting Skill Levels Chart
Greg Everett  |  February 26 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I've finally gotten around to posting this a few years after I created it. For years people have been asking me if something like this existed and/or if I would make it. There is a Soviet classification system you can find in Weightlifting Programming: A Winning Coach's Guide and other places, but I've always thought it would be more appropriate to create a classification system based on actual American weightlifting performance and taking into account the particular circumstances of ......
A Secret to Becoming Successful , Travis Cooper
A Secret to Becoming Successful
Travis Cooper  |  February 19 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Peer pressure is real. You will turn into the five people that you spend the most time with. If you have certain goals that you want to accomplish, then you need to surround yourself with people who possess traits that will help you reach those goals. Whether your goals are in weightlifting or something completely different, these concepts hold true. As a weightlifter you should assess yourself honestly to find your weaknesses. Is your weakness strength? Technique? Diet? Emotional stabi......
You Just Had a Crap Training Session. What Now?, Mike Gray
You Just Had a Crap Training Session. What Now?
Mike Gray  |  February 10 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Let me paint you a picture and tell me if it sounds familiar: You’ve spent the last few reps looking at the bar making sure you actually put the right weight on because you are really hoping that you have misloaded or that you somehow did the math wrong and that the load is actually supposed to be 10kg lighter. You’re trying to figure out what exactly is going on, because you just started missing lifts and the bar feels like it has been welded to the platform all day. Speed? You can ......
We All Go To The Same Therapist, Matt Foreman
We All Go To The Same Therapist
Matt Foreman  |  February 5 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Therapy is really popular these days, have you noticed that? People spend a lot of time and money going to psychiatrists and counselors. They’ve got some mental/emotional/personality issues they need to get straightened out, so they seek professional help. I’ve never gone to therapy. I don’t need to, because I have absolutely no problems. Unless you count overwhelming charm and physical magnetism as problems, which I don’t. If those things are bad, then somebody......
When in Doubt, Simplify: Olympic Weightlifting Program Design, Greg Everett
When in Doubt, Simplify: Olympic Weightlifting Program Design
Greg Everett  |  February 3 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Program design for Olympic weightlifting can be an overwhelming and daunting prospect, especially these days as a lot of you who are very new to the sport are being inundated with information from all directions, much of which is incompatible and downright contradictory. This is in contrast to even a handful of years ago when lifters and coaches learned from only one or a handful of sources—their coaches and maybe some other lifters and their coaches. In this latter situation, coaches and ......
Platform Spacing, Beginners & the Google Self-Driving Vehicle, Mat Bevilacqua
Platform Spacing, Beginners & the Google Self-Driving Vehicle
Mat Bevilacqua  |  January 30 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Last weekend Catalyst Athletics relocated to a new facility directly across the parking lot from the old place. The changes were minor. The warehouse is on the correct side of the building to accept book dump offs, the clock is at the front (which confuses Aimee three times per hour), there's more light inside, and it's a little bit bigger. With that extra square footage came four additional platforms, making ten total. In order to make things fit, the four new platforms, which will be use......
Squatting, Valgus Knees, The Knees-Out Cue & Facebook Coaches, Greg Everett
Squatting, Valgus Knees, The Knees-Out Cue & Facebook Coaches
Greg Everett  |  January 28 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Evidently the most popular term on the internet right now is “valgus”. The legions of keyboard warriors and Facebook coaches have latched on to it and are sanctimoniously eviscerating anyone demonstrating valgus knee movement in the squat, irrespective of the context (e.g. an experienced competitive lifter pushing a maximal effort) and, as is to be expected, irrespective of their own qualifications to opine on the subject. I shouldn’t be surprised, and I suppose I’m not, ......
A Different Way to Set Squat and Deadlift PRs, Matt Foreman
A Different Way to Set Squat and Deadlift PRs
Matt Foreman  |  January 21 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m gonna kill two birds with one stone in this article. Lately, several people have been asking me questions about a training topic that I’ve mentioned briefly in conversations, Facebook posts, etc. I’ve been promising these people that I would give them some ideas and input through e-mail or phone calls. But since I have about 23 minutes of free time each week, I haven’t followed through. These people are probably all thinking I’m a butthole because I’m ......
Formulas, Mathematics & Humans: Individualized Weightlifting Programming, Greg Everett
Formulas, Mathematics & Humans: Individualized Weightlifting Programming
Greg Everett  |  January 13 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I had a conversation yesterday with a strength coach who stopped by the gym about how I individualize my lifters' programs. He asked how precise I got in terms of the volume of certain lifts within certain intensity ranges, if I consider the ratio of classic lifts to squats, and similar metrics. I explained that primarily, I rely on experience with each lifter to determine what does and doesn't work for that individual. In other words, I don't usually go through a process of calculations, bu......
Morons, Cheap Beer & Thinking Too Much, Matt Foreman
Morons, Cheap Beer & Thinking Too Much
Matt Foreman  |  January 6 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I think we can all agree that it’s not cool to make fun of people who are mentally handicapped, right? That’s probably a safe assumption. Ridiculing someone who has a learning disability is really rude and crappy. Actually, I’m not even sure “mentally handicapped” is still the politically correct way to say it. The terminology has changed a lot over time. Have you noticed that? When I was a kid, you were supposed to use the word “retarded” when......
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