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Understanding Sleep for Optimal Recovery & Productivity
Travis Cooper  |  April 14 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Sleep is the most important part of recovery when it comes to illness, depression, stress and especially training. In regards to weightlifting, without quality sleep, weightlifters cannot properly recover and reach their full potential. There seems to be a lot of misconceptions about sleep and sleep cycles, so hopefully this article will clarify a few things so you will be able to get the most o...
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Abs/Back: What Does it All Mean?
Greg Everett  |  April 10 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I rarely prescribe specific ab work to my lifters. More often I prescribe specific back work, but there are many times when I write something like “abs/back” on a lifter’s program. This is not code for “go home” as my wife always believed when our coach, Mike Burgener, wrote it on her program. It’s an expectation that the athlete knows what he or she should be d...
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Things You Can Get Rid of & Things You Can't
Matt Foreman  |  April 7 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
You’re all adults, right? I think that’s accurate. I don’t think many kids read these articles. They’re too busy being young, screwing around with their friends and playing video games. Instead of reading Catalyst and getting an education about how to be better weightlifters, they would rather play Grand Theft Auto and get a 1,000-point bonus for shooting a crack whore...
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HOAs, Bringing Something to the Table & Just Being Flat-out Lucky
Mike Gray  |  April 2 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
In August of last year my beautiful wife and I bought a brand new 3-story loft that had an attached 2-car garage with ceilings just barely high enough for me to lift in. I was so excited, as I had basically been raised in garage gyms since I started Olympic lifting at Coach Burgener’s years ago. I was finally going to be able to take all my weights out of my buddy’s garage and set up s...
PERFORMANCE MENU ISSUE 111

Introducing Plyometrics to the Novice Olympic Lifter, Brad Leshinske
Introducing Plyometrics to the Novice Olympic Lifter
Brad Leshinske  |  April 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Olympic lifting is a sport in which explosive power and force production is key. In a sport where power production is so important, teaching new lifters to be powerful can be a tough thing to do, especially for the young Olympic lifter. A method in teaching power production, especially for the new lifter, is the introduction of plyometrics.

Plyometrics are movements or activities t...
Starting Early, Starting Late, and Iron Mileage, Matt Foreman
Starting Early, Starting Late, and Iron Mileage
Matt Foreman  |  April 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
You want to know something a lot of weightlifters have said to me over the years?

“I wish I would have started this earlier.”

With the exception of the few people I’ve known who were brought into the sport when they were in their early teens, almost everybody I’ve ever talked to has said something like this. They wish they would have started we...
Food Storage 101 (Or, How to stop throwing out tons of bad food at the end of each week.), Yael Grauer
Food Storage 101 (Or, How to stop throwing out tons of bad food at the end of each week.)
Yael Grauer  |  April 1 2014  |  Nutrition
When I was in my 20s and rode my bike more than I drove, I’d typically pick up some veggies every day or two. Sure, it was time-consuming, but I’d always find myself living just a short ride or walk away from a co-op or grocery store. These days, the store near my house is high in price and short on variety, so, like most Americans, I pick up groceries at Trader Joe’s around once...
True or False: Stretching helps you recover, Beth Skwarecki
True or False: Stretching helps you recover
Beth Skwarecki  |  April 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Stretching used to be so simple. You were supposed to do it at every workout, it was supposed to keep you safe and limber, and now look what's happened. We found that a pre-workout stretch doesn't protect you from injury, and if you want to improve performance and flexibility, your plan should be
Athlete Interview: Tamara Solari, Matt Foreman
Athlete Interview: Tamara Solari
Matt Foreman  |  April 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Life doesn’t always travel in a straight line, that’s for sure. We’ve all learned this in some way. If we sit down and think about the most important things that have happened to us, it’s amazing how much chance, luck and twists of fate play a part in everything. Some of the milestones of our whole lives seem to have happened almost by accident.

Tamara Solari...
Recipes: Issue 111, Scott Hagnas
Recipes: Issue 111
Scott Hagnas  |  April 1 2014  |  Recipes
Single Pot Lamb and Quinoa

Time: 40 min


• 2 lbs. lamb shoulder (with pre-cooked lamb, see below)
• 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
• 1 med onion, chopped
• sea salt
• 1 1/2 tsp. turmeric
• 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
• 1/4-1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
• 2 14-oz cans stewed tomatoes ...
Weightlifting News: Issue 111, Sam Holmes
Weightlifting News: Issue 111
Sam Holmes  |  April 1 2014  |  Olympic Weightlifting
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Ask Greg: Issue 111, Greg Everett
Ask Greg: Issue 111
Greg Everett  |  April 1 2014  |  Ask Greg
Wilfred Asks: I want to become national champion weightlifter. I have decided. But what do I do now? Where do I seek help? Who can help me? Where can I find sponsorships? How can I become a full time athlete where this is all I do and concentrate on? Your advice would be much appreciated.

Greg Says: You need to focus on training, n...
Using Team Workouts in Group Fitness Classes, Kyle J Smith
Using Team Workouts in Group Fitness Classes
Kyle J Smith  |  April 1 2014  |  CrossFit
As the so-called “sport of fitness” evolves, so to do the types of events we see in competition. The most innovative of these events are the team events. What constitutes the fittest team on earth? In the coming years, we will see many different tests and the definition will become clearer. Instead of diving into the finer points of team fitness, let’s take a look at the type of ...
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Issue 111: April 2014

Ask Greg: Issue 111
Greg Everett

Starting Early, Starting Late, and Iron Mileage
Matt Foreman

Introducing Plyometrics to the Novice Olympic Lifter
Brad Leshinske

Using Team Workouts in Group Fitness Classes
Kyle J Smith

Food Storage 101 (Or, How to stop throwing out tons of bad food at the end of each week.)
Yael Grauer

True or False: Stretching helps you recover
Beth Skwarecki

Athlete Interview: Tamara Solari
Matt Foreman

Recipes: Issue 111
Scott Hagnas

Weightlifting News: Issue 111
Sam Holmes

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