Fixing Back Hyperextension in the Split Jerk
In the split jerk, we’re looking for a solid trunk when we receive the bar—the spine neutral and everything braced forcefully. It’s common to instead see the lower back hyperextended, or abrupt hinging at the thoracolumbar junction. This is n... Continue reading
Your First Weightlifting Competition
One of the great things about weightlifting is the accessibility of competition, especially more recently—with essentially no barrier to entry for local meets, anyone of any age and ability can go compete.
However, this availability of weightlif... Continue reading
Exercise Selection for Technical Improvement
All right, buckle up and settle in because we’re going to go yard on this one. I’ve talked about this idea in the past, but not in great detail, and it’s an important concept, especially these days with all of us being bombarded by technical ... Continue reading
You Don’t Need Powerlifting to Get Strong for Weightlifting
I’ve answered this question so many times over the years, I find it odd this article doesn’t already exist: Should I do powerlifting first to get strong for weightlifti... Continue reading
How to Improve Speed in Weightlifting
A question I get frequently, and one I break a lot of hearts responding to, is how to improve speed in the snatch and clean. My answer is heartbreaking because speed—and by speed I mean the actual speed of muscular contraction and consequent joint motion... Continue reading
Using Video in Training Most Effectively
Just about every weightlifter out there uses video one way or another these days, whether or not they work in-person with a coach. I don’t need to point out the value of video, but it does warrant some discussion on how to best use it to maximize the ben... Continue reading
Passive Stretching & Stability
Static stretching (really static-passive) is presently the bad guy, although it’s been the target of some disdain and challenges for about the last 15 years (here’s an article I wrote in 2006 when we first started seeing concerns about its effects ... Continue reading
Guide to Training Program Selection
I get a huge volume of messages and emails asking for program recommendations, and it’s impossible for me to respond to them anymore, so this is going to henceforth serve as the Official Guide to Catalyst Athletics Program Selection.
Program or ... Continue reading
Moving the Feet in the Snatch & Clean
I get a couple frequent questions about the feet in the snatch and clean: Do you have to move your feet from the pulling stance into a different receiving stance? Does that receiving stance have to be wider than your pulling stance?
The short answer i... Continue reading
Ask Greg: Long Limbs & The Pull
Charlie Asks: Thanks for putting all of your knowledge out there and making it accessible. My question pertains to body type. Specifically long limbed people with short torsos who struggle getting their knees out of the way in the first and second pulls. ... Continue reading