Home   |   Contact   |   Help   |   Mobile
olympic weightlifting, weightlifting, snatch, clean, jerk
CATALYST ATHLETICS TRAINING PROGRAM

Program Help | Exercise Demos | Programs


weight lifting, Olympic weightlifting, strength and conditioning, fitness, crossfit, Workout, training program - Catalyst Athletics
Jolie sandbag run
Sunday December 20 2009

Rest

Questions? Get answers here or post in comments.
Print Friendly and PDF

12 Comments
Steve 1 | 2009-12-19
great article. would never guess that this suggestion would illicit such a hostile response from HQ but the message needed to get out there. I commend you and Wolf for your integrity and courage and the classy way you've handled this situation.
LP 2 | 2009-12-19
uugghh Greg! I am following a bit behind and just finished the first half of that little Bulgarianish Cycle and it is KILLING me... I feel like I ought to be hitting PR's on all the heavy singles, but I am having a lot of trouble even matching my old lifts. It's very discouraging... am I still doing worthwhile trainig if my numbers are dropping from day to day?
JR 3 | 2009-12-20
LP - if you aren't making gains on the bulgarian cycle prescribed, have you examined your diet and sleep and other activity to make sure your recovery is optimal? Also, i've noticed that if an athlete jumps into a cycle that they aren't used to as far as high volume, then sometimes it's too much for them.
LP 4 | 2009-12-20
I think I can handle the volume... But my recovery is definitely NOT dialed in lately, what with exams and christmas parties and debauchery. So, I guess that's my answer. But I still am wondering if this is just a waste of time. Will I come out of these two weeks a better/stronger lifter even if I am not recovering optimally and hitting PRs every workout? i.e. if I am just lifting heavy weights, this will still have SOME overall benefit, right?
Mark Gleason 5 | 2009-12-20
Hey Greg, is it possible for you to release the videos in iPhone/iPod format?
Gene 6 | 2009-12-20
Went for maxes this evening, no PR's... Snatch 135# (PR is 140#) Clean and Jerk 175# (PR is 185#) I cleaned 180, and 185, but failed the jerk Deadlift 295# (PR is only 305#, but I hurt my back a few months ago deadlifting 275 and have stayed away from heavy deads since. It was good to train the lift again, but I'm nervous about re-injuring myself, and couldn't budge 305)
saulj 7 | 2009-12-21
LP - There have been a number of articles dealing, in a general way, with your questions in the past 6 moths in the PM. Plandomization is the best one but all of Matt Foreman's articles are pretty appropriate as well. Specifically, "if I am just lifting heavy weights, this will still have SOME overall benefit, right? " Some benefit, yes, but the real question is how to both name and maximize the benefit. As Greg has said, strength is a physical characteristic that takes time to develop. I know when I am in your situation, i.e. lots of things going on and my training time and/or quality is sporadic, I have a skill goals for each workout. For instance, getting better at my bounce in the FS, using tall snatches to help me get under the bar faster, foot positioning with the jerk, etc. I use 50% to 75% of my max loads so that I don't get frustrated with my "weakness." I think working on doing the movements correctly for two weeks will give you more "bang for the buck" than going heavy for two weeks. Hope this helps, have a great break!
Greg Everett 8 | 2009-12-21
LP -This is tough stuff - You may find you need to cut back a bit, or you may find that it just takes you a bit longer to get conditioned for this type of training. In either case, yes, it will benefit you. You're not expected to hit PRs 3/week - that's just crazy.
Greg Everett 9 | 2009-12-21
Mark -I don't even know what that means. Quicktime videos work fine on iPhones.... Is there some super magic format I don't know about (or do you just want a smaller file size)?
Gordo 10 | 2009-12-21
Thanks for staying the course, Greg. Every time I have followed your main page WoD, I have always come away better at most GPP (read CrossFit) type activities. Where I do end up sucking (20 min metcons), it comes back quickly, and I manage to maintain my proficiency in the classic lifts. Looking forward to continued progress thanks to your programming. By the way, like the second edition of your book. Hope to integrate that into some programming here on the east coast.
Mark Gleason 11 | 2009-12-23
Greg. Regular mov files like on your site won't play on an iPhone. Yep there is a "special" format for them, which I haven't the slightest how to do. But there is another "open-source" fitness website that posts them in iPod/iPhone format. I only ask because I do most of web on the phone now. Too busy lifting to use a real computer. Ha...ha...ha...
Greg Everett 12 | 2009-12-23
Mark - They work fine on our iPhones.... Our videos are H.264 format .mov files... which as I said works fine on all the iPhones I know of, and google tells me is a supported format. Maybe you have an older software version I don't know about?
Leave a Comment

Name
Comment
Verify
 

Shop Catalyst Athletics Store: Weightlifting books, dvds, articles, equipment

Books  |  Video & DVDs  |  Posters  |  Equipment  |  Product Packages  |  Clothing & Merchandise  |  Supplements  |  Digital Products  |  American Weightlifting  |  Seminars & Certifications

Bulgarian Training for Seoul 1988 DVD
Bulgarian Training for Seoul 1988 DVD
Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches
Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches
Olympic Weightlifting Multimedia Quickstart Guide [E-Book & Website]
Olympic Weightlifting Multimedia Quickstart Guide [E-Book & Website]
HiTech Technique Plates
HiTech Technique Plates
Get Our Newsletter

Sign up for our free newsletter to get training tips and stay up to date on Catalyst Athletics AND get a free issue of the Performance Menu journal.


Search Workouts

Workouts Menu

Training Home
Program Help
Tomorrow's Workout
Exercise Demos
Training Cycles
Text Only
Starter Program
Training Cycles

View Training by Date

Get Our Newsletter





Funny Crossfit Shirts
The largest variety of funny crossfit shirts for guys and girls.

Advertise With Us
Subscribe to the Performance Menu Magazine
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Get training tips and Catalyst news AND get a free issue of the Performance Menu journal.

ASK GREG

Submit your question to be answered by Greg Everett in the Performance Menu or on the website

Submit Your Question
WEIGHTLIFTING TEAM

Catalyst Athletics is a USA Weightlifting team of competitive Olympic-style weightlifters with multiple national team medals.

Read More
Olympic Weightlifting: A DVD Guide to Learning & Teaching the Snatch and Clean & Jerk by Greg Everett
Catalyst Athletics
Contact Us
About
Help
Newsletter
Products & Services
Gym
Store
Seminars
Weightlifting Team
Performance Menu
Magazine Home
Subscriber Login
Issues
Articles
Workouts
About the Program
Workout Archives
Exercise Demos
Text Only
Instructional Content
Exercise Demos
Video Gallery
Free Articles
Free Recipes
Resources
Recommended Books & DVDs
Olympic Weightlifting Guide
Discussion Forum
Weight Conversion Calculator