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Focus on Yourself
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | May 19 2016 | Comments

I vividly remember years ago when my wife Aimee was still competing watching her run home from the gym and get online to see if Natalie Woolfolk or Carrissa Gump had posted any new training videos. She would obsess over what these other girls were doing in training and get discouraged if they were outlifting her. I begged her to quit looking at their videos or anything they said - I reminder her t...... Continue reading
Your Hands Are Part of Your Body: Straps & Grip in Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | May 12 2016 | Comments

Lifting straps are a legitimate training tool for weightlifting—they unquestionably have a purpose and should be used at certain times with certain exercises by every weightlifter out there. The trick is knowing when this is and when it isn’t.   My basic rules on when straps should be used: Snatch & Clean Pull Variations Snatch & Clean Deadlift Variations RDLs &a...... Continue reading
Competition Lift Variation Ratios: Don't Worry Too Much
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | May 5 2016 | Comments

A pretty common question is what kind of relative weights a lifter should expect to see in variations of a competition lift. Some of these make sense and some guidelines can be provided, but others vary too much to really provide useful numbers. The primary ones I'm talking about here are things like hang or block snatches and cleans relative to the full lifts. Generally speaking, we would ...... Continue reading
Make Your Own Atmosphere
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | April 7 2016 | Comments

I remember hearing at some point David Lee Roth (AKA Diamond Dave, original singer of Van Halen) saying people are always out prowling around saying, "Where's the action?" and his saying in response, "Man, you ARE the action!" Atmosphere and environment are big elements of successful lifting, but you can't expect to just stumble upon them in some secret location. You...... Continue reading
Why Do We Recover Front Foot First in the Split Jerk?
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | February 17 2016 | Comments (2)

Most coaches will hammer their lifters and reinforce the idea that we want to recover from the split jerk by stepping back with the front foot about a third of the way back first, and then bring the back foot up to meet it. The basic explanation is usually something along the lines that we don't want the athlete taking a big step and creating excessive horizontal movement of the bar overhead, ...... Continue reading
Pulling Position at the Knee: Get It Right
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | February 10 2016 | Comments

Posture and balance in the pulls of the snatch and clean are as important as anything gets in the lifts (every element is the most important). Shins upright and nearly vertical Shoulders directly above to slightly in front of the bar Shoulders should remain in front of or above the bar until the bar is at least at lower thigh, and ideally closer to mid-thigh. The shoulders should never ...... Continue reading
Loose Knees = Loose Jerks
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | September 22 2014 | Comments (2)

Stand up and hang out for a moment. Now consider the muscles around your knees - are they tight and fighting to keep your knee from suddenly bending under the weight of your body? Probably not. We stand on a passive knee lock that doesn't require much muscular work. This is handy, as it would get pretty exhausting to be that active at all times just to stand still. The problem occurs when we tr...... Continue reading
Feel it First: Weightlifting Technique Corrections
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | May 12 2014 | Comments (1)

A point I try to emphasize in all of my seminars is that it’s generally easier and more effective to teach athletes’ bodies what to do than to teach their brains. That is, if you can get the athlete to move the way you want through exercises and lift segments, you’ll make more progress in less time than if you attempt to teach them conceptually what they should be doing. One a...... Continue reading
Stay Connected to the Bar: Snatch & Clean Turnover
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | May 8 2014 | Comments (4)

One of the most common problems I see or hear complaints about is the barbell crashing in the clean (and even in the snatch to a lesser extent). There are two very simple ways to help correct this: 1. Meet the bar wherever it is 2. Hold your grip longer First, you need to be wherever you've lifted the bar to meet it. People sometimes become infatuated with the idea of getting down quickly i...... Continue reading
Warm-up Early: Weightlifting Training Mobility & Preparation
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | June 7 2013 | Comments (9)

Not all of us have the luxury of a schedule that allows the following, but you may still be able to pull off something similar. One of the great things about training twice a day is that the second sessions always feels great - at least with regard to being warm and loose. Even hours later, you'll still be "warm" from that first workout. You can get some of that benefit without do...... Continue reading
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