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Pre-Workout Foam Rolling for Olympic Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Mobility & Training Preparation | July 6 2015 | Comments

There are things that come and go quickly in training, and there are those that stick around for the long haul. The former are usually the shiny, exciting new tricks that never actually work the way the pusher promised. The latter tends to be simple, unglamorous, boring, utilitarian work that actually produces results. Pre-workout foam rolling fits into this latter category for me.   There ...... Continue reading
Your Weightlifting Behavior on the Internet
Matt Foreman | Editorial | June 29 2015 | Comments (1)

I’m on Facebook quite a bit, and I’m friends with hundreds of weightlifters. This means a lot of lifting videos pop up on my home page every day. People post videos of the big lifts they do in competition, or the gym, etc. Many of you are on FB or Instagram, so you probably see plenty of these too, right?   I like watching them, even if they’re not from big national or int...... Continue reading
All Hang Positions Great & Small
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | June 22 2015 | Comments (1)

Hang snatches and cleans are handy variations of the classic lifts, but there are also an extensive number of variations of lifts from the hang, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Following is a list of hang positions used for the snatch and clean with their definitions, purposes, benefits and drawbacks.     Just off the Floor   This would be the hang position used in a ...... Continue reading
When Great Preparation Produces Lousy Training
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | June 15 2015 | Comments (3)

Once again, my telepathic powers are working in turbo overdrive, because I know what many of you spend a lot of time thinking about.   You put a lot of time and effort into making sure your body is primed and ready for training on a daily basis. I’m specifically talking about how we all try to take care of the various things that can make or break us when we come to the gym and attack...... Continue reading
Olympic Weightlifting Program Modification for Injury
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | June 8 2015 | Comments (9)

One of the most common questions we get at Catalyst Athletics is how to modify a program to work around an injury. It can be frustrating, and I’ve seen a lot of people give up on training altogether in response to an injury, but there is nearly always a way to continue training in a way that will allow you to improve something you need to work on while allowing the injury to heal. Depending ...... Continue reading
Variations in Programming & Technique in Olympic Weightlifting
Travis Cooper | Olympic Weightlifting | June 1 2015 | Comments

When beginners start weightlifting, they don’t know what will or will not work for them, so it is important to start them with standard technique progressions and programming. Someone who cooks for the first time should follow a recipe, and a new weightlifter should follow a standard recipe that has been laid out and proven to work for beginners.   A coach is extremely important for a...... Continue reading
How Athletes Become Like Their Coaches: Leadership & Gym Atmosphere
Matt Foreman | Editorial | May 25 2015 | Comments (2)

If you’re an athlete, you’re looking for information that will improve your training. If you’re a coach, you’re looking for information that will improve your program and the way you develop your athletes.   Can we all agree that your daily attitude in the gym is hugely important to your success as both an athlete and coach? I hope so. Programming, technique, etc&hel...... Continue reading
The Press for Weightlifting: How Useful Is It?
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | May 18 2015 | Comments (4)

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 (3)

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
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