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About These IWF Drug Suspensions…
Matt Foreman | Editorial | June 20 2016 | Comments (16)

Unless you’ve had your head under a rock for the last few weeks, you’ve probably heard about the recent drug suspensions in Olympic weightlifting.   The urine samples taken from the athletes at the 2012 London Olympic Games were reanalyzed over the past few months, and a long list of pretty important weightlifters got popped.  Several medalists and champions have been caugh...... Continue reading
Three Reasons Why YOUR Bodyweight Is YOUR Problem
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | June 13 2016 | Comments (1)

Many novice and intermediate weightlifters have no idea how important their bodyweight is. They don’t think about it enough, don’t monitor it closely, and have no bloody clue how connected it is with their success as athletes.   If you neglect the proper level of attention to your bodyweight, you’ll have a lot of trouble as a weightlifter. You’ll have plenty of lousy...... Continue reading
What To Do When Your Workout Just Isn't Happening
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | June 6 2016 | Comments

You have the perfect training program. And then one day you just can't do what you're supposed to do. You're exhausted, your body hurts, you can't seem to get warm, you're distracted, you're an emotional wreck - the universe hates your guts and won't let you train. It's just not going to happen. So what do you do? First of all, do everything you can to avoid gett...... Continue reading
Interview: Kevin Cornell
Matt Foreman | Interviews | June 1 2016 | Comments

Eighteen years old is a late start in Olympic weightlifting, if you’re talking about making a serious run at the Olympic Team. Many of you are old geezers who started this sport in your 20s and 30s, so you’re scoffing at the idea that 18 is “old” in the sport. However, you have to remember that the vast majority of Olympic-level athletes have been raised in the sport from t...... Continue reading
The Connection of the Second & Third Pulls
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | May 30 2016 | Comments

I assume other sports share the same characteristic, but weightlifting seems to be continually split into contrary groups of thinking, representatives of which often seem to thrive on going to battle over the details rather than recognizing the commonalities, which are usually abundant and far more important. One of the splits that fascinates me is that of the relative importance of the second and...... Continue reading
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
Focus on Yourself
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | May 19 2016 | Comments

I vividly remember years ago when my wife Aimee was still competing watching her run home from the gym and get online to see if Natalie Woolfolk or Carrissa Gump had posted any new training videos. She would obsess over what these other girls were doing in training and get discouraged if they were outlifting her. I begged her to quit looking at their videos or anything they said - I reminder her t...... 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
Your Hands Are Part of Your Body: Straps & Grip in Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Quick Tips | May 12 2016 | Comments

Lifting straps are a legitimate training tool for weightlifting—they unquestionably have a purpose and should be used at certain times with certain exercises by every weightlifter out there. The trick is knowing when this is and when it isn’t.   My basic rules on when straps should be used: Snatch & Clean Pull Variations Snatch & Clean Deadlift Variations RDLs &a...... Continue reading
2016 National Championships & Olympic Trials Recap
Greg Everett | Editorial | May 10 2016 | Comments (4)

The 2016 National Championships & Olympic Trials is finally over, and although there were some serious low points for us, overall it turned out to be by far the best national championships we’ve had as a team.   The quick summary in order of lifting: Jes Liao (48kg) – 57/70x (bombed with 70 CJ) Blake Barnes (69kg) – 115/146 Alyssa Sulay (58kg) – 76x (with...... Continue reading
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