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How to Find a Weightlifting Coach
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | March 2 2015 | Comments

The influence of CrossFit has dramatically increased the popularity of weightlifting without a doubt. Attendant to that increase are a few other changes: The number of weightlifting coaches in the world has increased, the number of gyms in which weightlifting can be trained has increased, and the percentage of the total number weightlifting coaches who are actually good at coaching weightlifting h...... Continue reading
Upper Body Strength for Weightlifting: Silly Myths and Solid Methods
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | February 16 2015 | Comments

I used to train with a female lifter who couldn’t pick up a frying pan full of hamburger with one hand because her upper body wasn’t strong enough. If she was cooking and she needed to lift a skillet off the stove, she had to use both hands. She also held all the American records in her weight class and made eight or nine World Teams.    Upper body strength in weightli...... Continue reading
Nine Years Later: What I Did Right & What I Did Wrong
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | February 11 2015 | Comments

I met Mike at Mike Burgener’s gym some time in early 2007 when he returned from a deployment as a corpsman in Iraq. What he had going for him right from day one was ambition, commitment and the kind of work ethic that I very much respect and am constantly disappointed in not seeing in more people these days. Unfortunately, he was old (yes, 34 is old in this case), immobile, and not particula...... Continue reading
Improve Your Weightlifting With Snacks: Competition in the Gym
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | January 22 2015 | Comments

If that isn’t an attention grabbing title then I don’t know how else to do it. I’m going to give you the back story, the game, the rules and why it will help you out.   I train with two other guys at a Catalyst Athletics affiliate in San Diego called Outlier Barbell—that is until they get tired of my antics and throw me out. For now, however, my love of Motley Crue a...... Continue reading
Top 5 Assistance Exercises for the Clean
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | January 19 2015 | Comments

People seemed to enjoy my Top 5 Assistance Exercises for the Jerk article a few weeks ago, so I’m going to ride that wave as long as I can with another top 5 article, and yes, there will be one for the snatch in the unspecified near future. I’m going to do the clean before the snatch because the snatch gets all the attention on the internet; let’s change the paradigm.   As...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Competition Warm-ups: The Importance of Flexibility
Travis Cooper | Olympic Weightlifting | January 12 2015 | Comments

With the increasing number of competitors at national events comes an increase in competition. Weightlifting is now more exciting than ever to watch from the crowd, but what most people do not understand is what goes on in the back room with the coaches and the athletes before they even take a competition attempt. The back room is one of the most exciting places to be for a coach, and one of the m...... Continue reading
Fixing a Slow Turnover in the Snatch or Clean
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | January 5 2015 | Comments (4)

Your movement under the bar in the snatch or clean can be slow for a few different reasons, and that will affect what exercises help. If it’s truly the pull under the bar that’s slow, it may be a strength issue, a technique issue, or a lack of aggressiveness. The following discusses the snatch specifically, but it applies to the clean as well with the exception of the overhead position...... Continue reading
Top 5 Assistance Exercises for the Jerk
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | December 8 2014 | Comments (5)

It's been mentioned here before, but the amount of attention the jerk is given by the internet weightlifting world with regard to technique is almost non-existent compared to the snatch and clean (Apparently it’s tougher to make up names for things that everyone’s already doing and pass them off as new ideas in the jerk). I didn’t learn how to jerk correctly until I had already s...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Training Frequency for Adults: How Many Days per Week?
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | December 1 2014 | Comments (13)

I had a revelation the other day.   I was sitting on my couch, curled up in a blanket and sipping cocoa while I stroked my cat, when something pretty important occurred to me. Want to know what it was?   Many of you probably fall into two groups: Adult lifters who are training on your own Coaches who work with adult lifters In both of these cases, you’re in a pos...... Continue reading
Missing Snatches Behind: Diagnosis & Correction
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | November 24 2014 | Comments (3)

We’ve all done it—missed a snatch behind and reassured ourselves by saying a miss behind is better than a miss in front. I would agree that in some cases this is true, but definitely not always, and the causes of a miss behind need to be identified and corrected just like any other miss. Following are the most common reasons for misses behind and ways to fix them.     Exce...... Continue reading
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