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Lousy Training Right Before Weightlifting Competition
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | November 30 2015 | Comments

Most of us like it when things run smoothly.   As we get older, I think we develop a lower tolerance for bullcrap. Our patience level goes down and we get miffed when we have to deal with bad service, stupid people, careless mistakes, and…stupid people.   This is especially true in situations where the stakes are high, know what I mean? Sure, we get irritated whenever somethin...... Continue reading
Positivity for Productivity in Olympic Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | November 23 2015 | Comments (1)

The alternate title for this article is Being Positive without Being Obnoxious, but that doesn’t tie it into weightlifting, and sounds too much like the title of one of those clickbait articles with a list of 10 stupid things you have to link through to load more advertising.   I’ve found that I pretty consistently have a reputation as being cynical and negative in a sense among...... Continue reading
A Formula That Measures Your Commitment To Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | November 16 2015 | Comments

What kind of questions do you ask yourself when your training starts to go bad? Where do you look for answers?   You might have read what I just wrote and said to yourself, “My training doesn’t go bad. It’s always great!” That’s splendid, congratulations. You’ve obviously just started weightlifting.   For those of you with experience, you know exac...... Continue reading
Pulling Matters: 5 Situations In Which You Need Pulls
Sergey Bondarenko | Olympic Weightlifting | November 9 2015 | Comments (3)

When I had just started to work online with Western athletes and asked them to provide their training logs or at least to describe their past training experience, I was surprised to learn that almost all of them completely neglected pulling work. That may be the result of significant popularity of Bulgarian methods, but most likely it comes from the lack of understanding why they need to do pulls....... Continue reading
Shoulder Dislocation Rehabilitation for Weightlifting: Part 2
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | November 2 2015 | Comments (9)

I realize that when I wrote the first article in this series I said I’d write every 1-2 weeks and it’s now been about 11 weeks, but in my defense, there wasn’t much to say for at least five of those weeks.   The MRI showed an extensively torn labrum and a tear in the rotator cuff (supraspinatus), but the extent of the latter wasn’t clear. I went in for surgery on Sep...... Continue reading
Pressing Exercises for Weightlifters: Why, When and How?
Sergey Bondarenko | Olympic Weightlifting | October 19 2015 | Comments (2)

Until 1973, there was no question whether to press or not. The Clean & Press was part of the Olympic competition, and weightlifters trained the press like they now train the snatch and clean & jerk. After the clean & press was excluded from competition for being too dangerous and an injury-prone exercise (though many fairly consider the real reason to be the exposure to unfair judging)...... Continue reading
Clean and Jerk Technique: The Pop-and-Adjust…When, Why, and How
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | October 12 2015 | Comments (1)

Somebody asked me recently if it’s hard to keep finding weightlifting topics to write about, now that I’ve been putting out articles for a long time and I’ve covered a lot of ground.   The answer is no. I never run out of ideas, and it’s not because I’m a genius. It’s because I probably have fifty conversations per week about weightlifting. When you&rsquo...... Continue reading
Your Rest Day: Don’t Waste It
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | October 5 2015 | Comments (3)

Weightlifters look forward to their rest days like a child looks forward to Christmas: You have such high expectations for it, but more often than not, it gets wasted and ends up having detrimental effects on your training instead of positive.   Tell me if this doesn’t sound all too familiar: You just finished up with a few brutal days of training, and as you pull your shoes off and u...... Continue reading
Olympic Weightlifting Program Design: The Year Plan
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | September 28 2015 | Comments

Sometimes a year can seem to be an extremely long period of time, and often athletes and coaches will avoid even thinking that far ahead, let alone planning. However, when you consider that a year is only about 4-9 6-12-week training cycles, the time shrinks considerably. Planning a year out does not necessarily need to be (and arguably shouldn't be) in full detail. The purpose of planning on ...... Continue reading
Snatch and Clean: Shift Your Torso Vertical, Legs Under the Bar
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | September 21 2015 | Comments (4)

Remember when you first saw the snatch and clean and jerk performed by Olympic weightlifters? And I’m talking about REAL weightlifters… athletes with an advanced level of skill, possibly even championship-level studs. Blew your mind, right?   The first thing you noticed was how fast they were. And then you noticed how they all seemed to drive their hips into the barbell as it p...... Continue reading
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