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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff if You Can't Even Do the Big Stuff
Greg Everett

Weightlifting technique can really be as complicated or simple as you want to make it. You could easily spend the rest of your life researching, experimenting, practicing, and driving yourself crazy with the infinite minutiae. But most of you just want to get better, and do it as soon as possible as easily as possible, which is a perfectly rational desire.

Focus on the big stuff and forget the little stuff until you need it. Don't worry too much about the precise angle of humeral external rotation in the snatch overhead position if you're not yet even able to consistently get the bar overhead where it needs to go. All you're doing is overwhelming yourself with information and slowing the process. Think of it like trying to learn a new language by starting day 1 learning the most complex details of grammar and idiomatic speech—if you're not yet even familiar with the array of most common words, this information is essentially meaningless in a practical sense, unnecessary, and worse, confusing for no good reason.

Spend time getting comfortable with basic positions, balance and movements, and gradually layer in more and more detail as you progress. Don't make the mistake of trying to master elements that can't be mastered without a suitable foundation.

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Greg Everett is the owner of Catalyst Athletics, coach of the USA Weightlifting National Champion team Catalyst Athletics, author of the books Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches and Olympic Weightlifting for Sports, director/writer/producer/editor/everything of the documentary American Weightlifting, co-host of the Weightlifting Life Podcast, and publisher of The Performance Menu journal. He is an Olympic Trials coach, coach of over 30 senior national level or higher lifters, including national medalists, national champion and national record holder; as an athlete, he is a fifth-place finisher at the USAW National Championships, masters national champion, masters American Open champion, and masters American record holder in the clean & jerk. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and sign up for his free newsletter here.

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