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Do We Need the Magic Front Squat to Back Squat Ratio?
Sergey Bondarenko | Olympic Weightlifting | February 1 2016 | Comments (1)

A big chunk of the questions that I am asked are about squats. Many people are in search of the ideal squat routine and an ideal ratio of front to back squats. While I do think that most of these questions come from not understanding the basic concepts of programming, I find such an interest for the squats a positive trend. At least athletes do understand that proper squatting may play a crucial r...... Continue reading
That Fine Line between Being Tough and Being Stupid
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | January 27 2016 | Comments (1)

If I were to take a poll of all the weightlifters out there and ask how many of you are hurt right now, I bet it would be a decent number. Now if I ask the same group how many of you are actively doing something about it, that number is probably significantly lower than the group whose plan is just to keep training and hope it will go away and or get better with time. I am that guy. I will push...... Continue reading
Quit Letting Your Shoulders Sag Overhead in the Snatch
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | January 25 2016 | Comments

It's pretty common to see a lifter's shoulders "sag" when they receive a snatch overhead—the elbows are tight and locked, but the bar shifts down and they appear unstable. Technically this is still a legal lift in competition (the shoulders can do anything as long as the elbows remain extended), but the problem with regard to competition is that not all judges are as astute...... Continue reading
When Weightlifting Goes From PR City to Daily Grind… And How To Survive It
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | January 18 2016 | Comments

Some of you are married, right? Some of you aren’t married, but you’re in a relationship, right? Some of you aren’t in a relationship, but you’ve been in one before, right?   I’m asking these questions because it’ll help you understand this article if you’ve at least had some experience in a somewhat long-term relationship with somebody. If you&rsqu...... Continue reading
Overplaying Your Opponent: Tactics in Olympic Weightlifting Competition
Sergey Bondarenko | Olympic Weightlifting | January 11 2016 | Comments

When you stand on the platform in front of the bar in the dead silence greedily breathing to fill your lungs with air full of shrinking tension and competition spirit, there is no place for thoughts and decisions. You have done all you can during the preparation to get your best form and now you have a chance to show it and either to gain the glory athletes are searching for or return to your gym ...... Continue reading
The Top 4 Problems With Your Weightlifting Program
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | December 28 2015 | Comments (2)

“Which training program should I be following?”   “Can you take a look at my program and tell me if it looks okay?”   “How many times a week should I be squatting?”   “What’s the perfect number of days per week for my program?”   I hear these questions…a lot. There are thousands and thousands of weightlifters ...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Competition Warm-up Room Etiquette
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | December 21 2015 | Comments (1)

While much warm-up room etiquette is no different than in any other area of life, there are a few issues specific to weightlifting, and an apparent need to reiterate even things that may seem obvious.   First and foremost, be polite and respectful. Whether you’re a first time competitor or a veteran, there is no better way to establish a bad reputation that will follow you forever in ...... Continue reading
Bad Performances Produce Good Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | December 14 2015 | Comments (2)

I want to tell you a little story about something that happened in my weightlifting career a long time ago. I can apply it to every single one of you and it’ll help you make your own careers better, so you better friggin read it.   I bombed out of the American Open two years in a row, 1994 and 1995. Not too many people know that. Those of you in the US lifting community know about the...... Continue reading
Push The Bar Back to the Hips… But Not Too Far: Snatch & Clean
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | December 7 2015 | Comments (2)

In the snatch and clean pull from the floor, the bar must move back slightly from its starting point on the platform. This is minimal horizontal movement, but very important to re-establish balance once the barbell and lifter become a single unit following the bar’s separation from the platform. Because the barbell will start over approximately the balls of the feet, and eventually needs to ...... Continue reading
Lousy Training Right Before Weightlifting Competition
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | November 30 2015 | Comments (2)

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
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