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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......
A Mental Problem Many of You Have, Matt Foreman
A Mental Problem Many of You Have
Matt Foreman  |  December 23 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
You probably don’t know this, but I have a weird combination of telepathic powers. It’s kind of like a blend of clairvoyance and extra-sensory perception. I can see into the minds of weightlifters and understand exactly what they’re thinking before they even say it out loud. You remember Carrie, right? That freaky chick from the 70s horror flick? She could light stuff on fire just by thinking about it. I can’t quite do that, which is probably a good thing. A fe......
Battling Back, Matt Foreman
Battling Back
Matt Foreman  |  December 9 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
The American Open was this past weekend. It’s the biggest Olympic weightlifting competition in the United States. Almost five hundred of the best lifters in the country traveled to Dallas to rock and roll. One of my athletes had a challenging day on the platform. In the snatch, she made her opener of 64 kilos (140 lbs) and then missed her next two attempts. Her best official snatch is 70 kilos (154 lbs), so that means she went to the biggest meet of her life and lifted 14 lbs below her ......
Are You a Good Teammate?, Mike Gray
Are You a Good Teammate?
Mike Gray  |  December 2 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m going to preface this with the following: I am at most a journeyman weightlifter. I started years ago and I have competed regularly since then; I have done well in some meets and others I have not. You will never see me write about technique because I leave that to guys like Greg Everett and Matt Foreman who know what they are talking about, and more importantly can help people understand it. I’m just a guy who loves the sport and loves to be around others that do. I have been in......
Technical Glitches I'm Seeing A Lot These Days, Pt.3, Matt Foreman
Technical Glitches I'm Seeing A Lot These Days, Pt.3
Matt Foreman  |  November 25 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
This will be the last installment in this little three-part technique problem series I’m doing. The issue I’m going to address here is something I’ve been noticing for a very long time, and it’s spreading. Weightlifting newbies are constantly being infected with it. New victims are popping up all over the place, like zombies in "The Walking Dead." We’ve gotta do something about this, before we all get overrun. Actually, we’re talking about a combi......
Lineage & Legacy, Greg Everett
Lineage & Legacy
Greg Everett  |  November 13 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Lineage in coaching is a very meaningful idea to me. It’s something I believe is overlooked to a stunning extent in weightlifting—less in the competitive weightlifting community than in the larger community of weightlifting including everyone involved in one form or another, often primarily or exclusively on the internet. And most troubling, it seems evident that giving credit and paying respect to lineage is often not overlooked, but actually intentionally avoided. Presumably the in......
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