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Why Are You Here?, Mike Gray
Why Are You Here?
Mike Gray  |  June 2 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I repack my gym bag every day before I leave to go train. I take out the empty water bottles and replace them with new ones, throw out the balls of pre-wrap and tape, and make sure I have my Jolt gum, clean towel, and two pairs of socks. I do this because I liked to be prepared for what I am going to do and I'm like this with everything I do. Nobody has to tell me to do this this; it’s just a habit, and like many habits, some are great and some are bad. My love of birthday cake ice cream f......
A Masters Weightlifting Program that Worked, Matt Foreman
A Masters Weightlifting Program that Worked
Matt Foreman  |  May 21 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I taught a seminar today on weightlifting programming, focused specifically on loading (how much weight athletes should be lifting in their daily/weekly workouts). Since everybody and their crippled grandmothers are asking about programming these days, I thought I would use a portion of what I taught at the seminar for a blog article. This is a program I designed and used to prepare for one of my own meets in 2008. I’ve included several notes so it’ll make sense, because it&rsqu......
The Team Environment for Olympic Weightlifting, Travis Cooper
The Team Environment for Olympic Weightlifting
Travis Cooper  |  May 19 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A lot of weightlifters do very well training on their own as garage warriors. There is nothing wrong with that, and I commend everyone who digs deep everyday to grind through a workout alone. I have been one of those lifters through certain parts of my career, but in the last four years, I have had a lot of great training partners and team environments that have taken me to the next level. Training with a team is one of the best ways to take your training up a notch or two. The most overlo......
Catching Cleans, Matt Foreman
Catching Cleans
Matt Foreman  |  May 6 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article about how you can improve your snatch technique by concentrating on keeping the bar close to your face when you’re transitioning into the turnover. Want to know a secret about that article? I wrote it over a year ago. I considered posting it several times since then, but I thought it was too simplistic. Basically, I’ve been saying to myself, “People won’t like this one because it’s too basic, nothing special about i......
A Different Thought About Snatch Technique: Keeping the Bar Close, Matt Foreman
A Different Thought About Snatch Technique: Keeping the Bar Close
Matt Foreman  |  April 21 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I’m taking some risk with this article. I’m gonna give you a technical tip for the snatch. If you do it right, it might fix a lot of your problems. If you do it wrong, you might get hurt. And I don’t want you to get hurt. But as with many things in life, you have to roll the dice sometimes. Many of you put videos of your lifts on the internet, either on this site or somewhere else. You usually do this because you’re looking for some help and advice with your ......
Understanding Sleep for Optimal Recovery & Productivity, Travis Cooper
Understanding Sleep for Optimal Recovery & Productivity
Travis Cooper  |  April 14 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Sleep is the most important part of recovery when it comes to illness, depression, stress and especially training. In regards to weightlifting, without quality sleep, weightlifters cannot properly recover and reach their full potential. There seems to be a lot of misconceptions about sleep and sleep cycles, so hopefully this article will clarify a few things so you will be able to get the most out of your sleep, which will result in optimal training. As seen in the included graph, there are......
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......
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