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The Press for Weightlifting: How Useful Is It?
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | May 18 2015 | Comments

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

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

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

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
Arm Bend in the Snatch & Clean: It’s Still Not the Solution to Your Bad Lifting
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | April 6 2015 | Comments

I’ve written a number of times on fashionable weightlifting technique. These things become fashionable not because they’re new, but because someone of often dubious influence thinks they are and gets excited about what appears to be a novel approach that can bear the weight of many hashtags. More often than not, they’ve been around for a long time, have been experimented with and...... Continue reading
The Jerk Technique Nobody Talks About
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | March 30 2015 | Comments

This article is about the jerk, so let’s get right down to business.   Most of you probably understand the dip-drive phase of the jerk is the primary key to success in the movement. I’m talking about the time when the lifter has completed the clean, stands with the bar on the shoulders, and then bends the knees to initiate the downward dip and then upward drive with the legs. Th...... Continue reading
Jumping Forward in the Snatch or Clean: Error Correction
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | March 23 2015 | Comments

One of the most frustrating technical problems as a weightlifter, and as a weightlifting coach, is the dreaded forward jump. Unfortunately, it’s pretty common, and worse, it often proves extremely difficult to correct. In fact, there are a few world-class lifters who jump forward, which goes to show you that even teams of the best athletes and best coaches in the world struggle to do things ...... Continue reading
Top 5 Assistance Exercises for the Snatch
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | March 9 2015 | Comments

I’m finally wrapping up this extensive series of three articles with what you probably would assume would be the first—the snatch—but I’m such a maverick I just had to start with the jerk and then move on to the clean. The snatch, of course, is the lift that most commonly crushes dreams and tortures the poor individuals who make the mistake of becoming infatuated with weigh...... Continue reading
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