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What You Didn’t See When You Watched The 2016 Olympic Trials
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | May 23 2016 | Comments (2)

As most of you know, the women’s 2016 US Olympic Trials were held two weeks ago.   I was there, and I thought you might like to hear about it. Obviously many of you watched it on the webcast, but it’s hard to understand what it’s really like at the Olympic Trials unless you’re there… particularly if you’re in the warm-up room during the competition. &nb...... Continue reading
Finding Your Jerk Drive Stance
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | May 16 2016 | Comments (2)

The starting position of the jerk concerns two primary elements: the stance of the feet and the rack position. Each can have dramatic effects on the lift, and each will vary somewhat among lifters based on individual peculiarities. Additional but more minor elements will also contribute to the success or failure of the lift.   The starting point for the position of the feet places the heels...... Continue reading
A Response to Mike Gray’s Ridiculous Crap About Competing in Weightlifting
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | May 2 2016 | Comments (4)

There have been two or three times when I’ve intentionally written articles with outlandish titles just to see how many internet morons will post half-cocked raging comments about them without actually reading the article. This is obviously one of them.   My buddy Mike Gray wrote an article not too long ago about why everybody should compete in weightlifting. It was a great piece and...... Continue reading
Weightlifting Program Design: Exercise Order
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | April 18 2016 | Comments

The order of exercises is an important element of the training session prescription, as it will influence both the effect of the exercises as well as the performance of each exercise in the session. The basic structure is to order exercises in descending degree of technical complexity and speed. That is, exercises that are faster and more complex (e.g. the competition lifts and their variations) w...... Continue reading
What Kind of Jerk Are You? Strength & Elastic Jerk Styles
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | April 11 2016 | Comments

There are technical variations of the competition lifts that are rooted in the actual physical characteristics of the lifter rather than ideological or pedagogical differences. One of the most dramatic ones is the nature of a lifter’s dip and drive in the jerk. I call the two categories (which are really the two ends of a spectrum) strength and elastic as they’re decent descriptors of ...... Continue reading
Avoiding Methods That May Ruin Your Olympic Weightlifting Program
Sergey Bondarenko | Olympic Weightlifting | April 4 2016 | Comments (4)

Addressing the most popular mistakes of weightlifters is a common theme for many articles nowadays. Most of them address weaknesses in technique; some of them are true, whilst others give less accurate advice. However, there is one flaw all of them have: practically they are quite useless. First of all, technique is a quite individual thing. Three lifters may show the same deviation of bar path, o...... Continue reading
Why You Should Compete in Weightlifting
Mike Gray | Olympic Weightlifting | March 31 2016 | Comments (4)

A few weeks ago Matt Foreman and I were teaching a weightlifting seminar geared toward masters and at the end we had a little Q & A so people could ask Matt about his super secret diet tricks and why I hate the use of NSAIDs (This is complete sarcasm). However, we did talk about competing. When asked about it, Matt actually surprised me a bit by saying, Hey, if you want to compete, go for it, ...... Continue reading
Improving Your Footwork in the Split Jerk
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | March 28 2016 | Comments

I joke in the gym that the split jerk is just a power jerk into a split position—in other words, quit making it so complicated and changing the entire movement rather than just the footwork. The dip and drive should be no different between the two jerk variations. Of course, just telling you to quit overcomplicating things and do it right probably won’t work (never does with my own lif...... Continue reading
How to Use Your Ears as a Weightlifting Coach
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | March 21 2016 | Comments

Eyes are wonderful tools for the coach—I don’t think anyone would argue the most useful. If you’re a coach trying to help a lifter diagnose and correct a technical problem, eyes are the go-to sensory organs.   However, with all of our recent infatuation with digital tools like video for slow-motion and frame-by-frame play, bar path tracing, superimposition, bar speed measu...... Continue reading
Shoulder Dislocation Rehabilitation for Weightlifting: Part 3
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | March 16 2016 | Comments (3)

Last week marked 6 months post-op and 7 months post-injury for me. According to the surgeon, this means that the tears and repairs are fully healed now. My mobility has improved fairly steadily and while it’s still not back to 100%, it’s finally close enough within range to reassure me that it will in fact recovery fully eventually, which I was not convinced of for the first several mo...... Continue reading
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