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All Hang Positions Great & Small
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | June 22 2015 | Comments (1)

Hang snatches and cleans are handy variations of the classic lifts, but there are also an extensive number of variations of lifts from the hang, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Following is a list of hang positions used for the snatch and clean with their definitions, purposes, benefits and drawbacks.     Just off the Floor   This would be the hang position used in a ...... Continue reading
When Great Preparation Produces Lousy Training
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | June 15 2015 | Comments (3)

Once again, my telepathic powers are working in turbo overdrive, because I know what many of you spend a lot of time thinking about.   You put a lot of time and effort into making sure your body is primed and ready for training on a daily basis. I’m specifically talking about how we all try to take care of the various things that can make or break us when we come to the gym and attack...... Continue reading
Olympic Weightlifting Program Modification for Injury
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | June 8 2015 | Comments (9)

One of the most common questions we get at Catalyst Athletics is how to modify a program to work around an injury. It can be frustrating, and I’ve seen a lot of people give up on training altogether in response to an injury, but there is nearly always a way to continue training in a way that will allow you to improve something you need to work on while allowing the injury to heal. Depending ...... Continue reading
Variations in Programming & Technique in Olympic Weightlifting
Travis Cooper | Olympic Weightlifting | June 1 2015 | Comments

When beginners start weightlifting, they don’t know what will or will not work for them, so it is important to start them with standard technique progressions and programming. Someone who cooks for the first time should follow a recipe, and a new weightlifter should follow a standard recipe that has been laid out and proven to work for beginners.   A coach is extremely important for a...... Continue reading
The Press for Weightlifting: How Useful Is It?
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | May 18 2015 | Comments (4)

Since the elimination of the press from weightlifting competition after the 1972 Olympics, its place in the training of weightlifters has become somewhat unclear and certainly a point of contention. The questions are pretty obvious: Is the press still a valuable training exercise for weightlifting in its modern biathlon format? If so, how should it be performed and programmed, and who should be us...... Continue reading
Using Complexes: When, How, and Why
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | May 11 2015 | Comments (3)

This article is going to be plain vanilla. No stories, motivational ideas, or team building strategies in here. Nope, this one is just a straightforward article about how to add complexes into your training.   Back in the late 80s, a Romanian coach named Istvan Javorek came to the United States and got a job working as a strength coach at Johnson County Community College in Kansas. Javorek ...... Continue reading
The Dynamic Start: It May Not Be For You
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | May 4 2015 | Comments

With the proliferation of videos of elite weightlifters on the internet, beginners are being exposed to advanced lifting more than they were several years ago, and seeing all kinds of fancy, exciting things. Naturally, we all want to do what we see the best in the game doing, but often we don't stop to ask WHY they're doing it, HOW they're doing it, WHAT the process was for reaching it, and WHEN t...... Continue reading
PAIN: The Kind That Goes Away, and the Kind That Doesn’t
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | April 27 2015 | Comments (1)

When I was in my 20s, I had a lot of roommates. You remember those years, right? It’s when you’re young, going to school, living in crappy rental houses and apartments and looking for anybody you can tolerate who’ll split the bills with you.   Because these were the years when I was coming up in weightlifting, many of my roommates were lifters who were living the same life...... Continue reading
Choosing the Right Weightlifting Program… And Making it Work
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | April 20 2015 | Comments (19)

In the eight years I’ve been posting training programs and daily workouts on this site, we’ve had a lot of athletes get amazing results… and we’ve had a lot of people asking questions that stun me with their implications. For example, asking to clarify which numbers are the sets and which are the reps… three weeks into the program. Or asking to confirm they’re...... Continue reading
Why Your Lifts Just Aren’t Getting Better… And What to Do About It
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | April 14 2015 | Comments

Let me try and put together a little scenario for you and tell me how close it is to what you’re going through right now. You’ve been lifting for about 18 months to a few years and all of a sudden gone are the days of monthly PRs and you are now even struggling to get within sniffing distance of lifts that used to be attainable whenever you wanted them. Nothing has changed, you just ca...... Continue reading
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